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Scientists to start sending messages to aliens despite objection

(Xinhua)    22:33, December 28, 2016

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 -- Scientists in the United States are looking to send out messages to aliens despite warnings that such efforts might lead to unthinkable consequences.

METI, standing for Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence and a startup in San Francisco, is scheduling its first message for some time in the next two years.

The group plans to raise 1 million U.S. dollars for the project, with some of the money going toward building or borrowing a powerful transmitter. The initial message is likely to use basic mathematical and scientific concepts, according to The Independent.

However, it has been warned that sending out such signals could be dangerous, and even a threat to the existence of humanity. One of the most prominent scientists that have spoken against such efforts is Stephen Hawking.

We should be "wary" of responding to any messages from aliens, for whom we are perhaps no more developed than bacteria, warned Hawking in September.

Contacts between humans and aliens would be like when Native Americans first met Christopher Columbus, as in both cases things "didn't turn out so well" for the people being visited, he said.

However, there are no regulations as to whether or not, and what kind of messages can be sent into space.

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