Scientists at the University of Oxford (UK) have warned NASA when the agency plans to broadcast position data and other information into space.
According to RT station, the plan that scientists talk about is ‘Beacon in the Galaxy’ (BITG, roughly translated: Beacon in the Milky Way’). This is a data broadcast by a team of NASA-led researchers to celebrate e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ intelligence. NASA wants to broadcast signals from the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope network in California and C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳’s 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST). The information will include the biochemical composition of life on Earth, the time-marked position of the Solar System in the Milky Way, digitized images of people and invitations to e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳s to respond.
Such a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ search broadcasts can be risky.
Anders Sandberg, a senior research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford (FHI), said such a broadcast could be risky. In the event that an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ c̳i̳v̳i̳l̳i̳z̳a̳t̳i̳o̳n̳ receives the message, he says, the response might be more than just a friendly greeting.
Mr Sandberg said: ‘Many people refuse to take the matter seriously, which is unfortunate because these are important things.
Another FHI scientist at Oxford, Toby Ord, thinks there should be a public discussion before sending a signal to e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳s. Even listening to incoming messages can be dangerous, as they can be used to trap people. ‘These hazards are small, but poorly understood and poorly managed,’ he said.
According to Ord, scientists do not agree on the ratio between peaceful and hostile c̳i̳v̳i̳l̳i̳z̳a̳t̳i̳o̳n̳s̳ around the galaxy. ‘Since the negatives can be much larger than the positives, it’s not a good situation to take positive steps towards contacting a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s,’ he said.
In the past, weaker signals have been sent into space using early technologies, such as the Arecibo message sent in 1974. Russian scientists have carried out a series of broadcasts. such waves, called Cosmic Calls, in 1999 and 2003. Mr. Sandberg theorized that a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s might have received various messages sent for all sorts of reasons.
Scientists from the BITG team speculated that an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ species advanced enough to be capable of communicating through space would most likely have had a high degree of cooperation between them and would therefore know the importance of it. importance of peace and cooperation.
Canadian futurist George Dvorsky has dismissed that theory, saying he can think of many scenarios in which evil-minded e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳s continue to exist.