Scientists said how dangerous an encounter with aliens is for humanity.
Even if the aliens are not hostile, just coming into contact with an alien civilization can cause conflict on Earth.
Researchers around the world are now looking for a sign of representatives of extraterrestrial intelligence. And perhaps humanity can make contact with aliens in the future. But will this have dangerous consequences?
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania believe there are real risks to humanity from such contact, Science Alert reports. First of all, the very fact of the existence of an extraterrestrial civilization can cause a wave of indignation among people who believe in God. This can lead to significant upheavals and even religious wars.
But scientists believe that the main risk is that the country that first establishes contact with aliens may monopolize all the knowledge received from them.
Even if initially there will be some exchange of information between different countries, then, as the experience of the Second World War showed (the authors cite the behavior of the allies in the anti-Hitler coalition, who became enemies after the war) Everything can change over time.
As a result, conflicts may arise over the possession of new technological developments, which may turn into a world war.
But scientists from Pennsylvania State University published their paper, in which they disagree with their colleagues’ conclusions.
Scientists believe that it is highly unlikely that only one of the countries could make contact with potential aliens. And even if this happens, then this country will not be able to monopolize the newly acquired knowledge.
Scientists believe that the modern scientific community is so interconnected that such an event scenario has a very low probability. Even if politicians get involved.