The end of mankind? Scientists’ plans to contact aliens could spell disaster

TOP experts are desperate to send messages to life in the universe but warn it could ‘obliterate the planet’.

Like the classic Spielberg movie it’s time we picked up the phone and made contact with Extra-Terrestrials.

That’s what a leading expert is suggesting.

Dr Seth Shostak, director of Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence, has told scientists from around the world that Earth needs to reach out to the universe as soon as possible.

Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science he told attendees that it was now time to step up the search.

“Some of us at the institute are interested in ‘active Seti’, not just listening but broadcasting something to some nearby stars because maybe there is some chance that if you wake somebody up you’ll get a response,” he told BBC News.

But some are warning against making contact with alien life saying it could be disastrous.

SETI plan to send messages into space using its own radio telescopes in California [SETI]

And even Dr Shostak admited making contact has its risks, saying “A lot of people are against active Seti because it is dangerous.

“It is like shouting in the jungle. You don’t know what is out there; you better not do it.

“If you incite the aliens to obliterate the planet, you wouldn’t want that on your tombstone, right?”

“I don’t see why the aliens would have any incentive to do that,”

One person opposed to the concept is science fiction writer, David Brin.

Speaking to the BBC’s Science correspondent he said: “Historians will tell you that first contact between industrial civilisations and indigenous people does not go well,”

“The arrogance of shouting into the cosmos without any proper risk assessment defies belief. It is a course that would put our grandchildren at risk,”

Leading astronomers, and scientists will now get together to discuss the issue.

And they plan to put their proposals to the public and politicians over the coming months.

One big question remains…what message should we send the aliens?