WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Michio Kaku is a renowned professor and astrophysicist based in New York.
- With the advancements in space technology, Kaku believes that humanity is not far from discovering and encountering alien life.
- However, Kaku warns that a human-alien encounter can have dire consequences.
New York-based professor and physicist Michio Kaku gave out a warning that an encounter with extraterrestrials (aka aliens) could be disastrous.
Kaku, well-known for his string theory contributions, is currently promoting his new book “The God Equation,” which tackles quantum theories and unravels the deepest mysteries of space and time.
In an interview, Kaku asserted caution in dealing with outer space beings, as the development of one of the world’s most advanced telescopes is being launched.
NASA’s James Webb telescope, set to be launched soon, will give scientists a better scope and greater ability to explore the universe — including alien civilization.
“Soon we’ll have [NASA’s James] Webb telescope up in orbit and we’ll have thousands of planets to look at, and that’s why I think the chances are quite high that we may make contact with an alien civilization,” Kaku said.
However, he warned that this scientific breakthrough could cause far more harm than opportunity.
With reference to the 16th century Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, Kaku reminded how it ended in tragedy for the Aztecs. It turned out that the supposedly amiable encounter and meeting of the minds between Montezuma and the Spanish conquistadors led to the downfall of some 200,000 Aztecs and eventually its empire.
The renowned astrophysicist further hypothesized that our other-worldly visitors may also approach amicably, but could possibly harbor ill intentions towards humanity.
“Now, personally, I think that aliens out there would be friendly, but we can’t gamble on it. So I think we will make contact but we should do it very carefully,” Kaku said.
Source: New York Post