Space 2050: Are we prepared for meeting 'Alien' life?
We have been stargazing forever but the first planets outside our solar system weren’t actually found too long ago. Technology is speeding up. Movies about encountering ET life forms are abundant. We already have tourist flights to the moon. But are we prepared for meeting alien life?
Thinking ahead just a random year: 2050. How far do you think we will have travelled in the universe? What do you think we might encounter? Are we (meaning ‘The World’ and not just powerful countries with space programs) prepared for what we find?
To start things off: I believe by that time we will have identified inhabitable planets elsewhere and that there may well be ‘lower’ life forms than Earth. That we may well be exhibiting the ‘Aggressive Alien’ behavior we ourselves have been so afraid of.
I hope that we will have policies in place (regarding ownership, exploitation, travel etc.) as well as ‘If..Then’ scenarios for when we do encounter life elsewhere.
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This was my first Conversation post and it has been a pleasant experience. There were many insightful responses that helped further my knowledge on the topic and also presented food for thought.
Are we prepared for meeting alien life? Some comments:
-We are not prepared at all and even issues regarding property rights within our own Galaxy, be it the moon or Mars, are not even talked about yet;
-Interesting scenarios on either us meeting alien life elsewhere or alien life meeting us here;
-Suggestion that Sci-Fi writers may actually be the ones to know possible scenarios;
-A noticeable shift from strictly horror type alien movies to more ‘feel-good’ alien-human stories at present, possibly in a way of preparing a mind-shift for the world community;
-Need to focus on people getting along on Earth first or search for possibilities within our own Galaxy before looking elsewhere;
-The lack of further financing of space related programs will seriously hamper developments in this field; -Some suggestions on what policies should contain as well as suggestions on preparedness in showing intentions of peace and at the same time being ready to defend ourselves if necessary.
I feel that countries should have something like a white paper on preparedness, and that the topic should be on the global agenda.
Many expressed doubts about travelling further beyond our Galaxy because of the distance and the time it would take to travel back and forth. With regard to this last issue I was excited to recently read about an experiment at CERN regarding the ‘neutrino’ a subatomic particle, said to be going faster than light. If this is true it would certainly upset Einstein’s relativity theory E=MC2. And then who knows what’s next?
Thank you Joe, Mathieu, Nicholas, Tom, Kent, Kristofer, Tim, Erwan, Erol, Chris, Mohamed, Cheyenne, Farrukh, Callum, Daniel, Benny, Stephen, Cole, Colleen, Max, Luis for taking the time to respond to this Conversation and enlightening me with your wisdom.