Stephen Hawking: We were jerks, so why wouldn’t aliens be?

Stephen Hawking thinks making contact with an alien race might be a bad deal for humans. His logic is impeccable: what if they’re like us?

He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is “a little too risky”. He said: “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

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