Most astronomers and scientists, in general, agree with the idea that we cannot be alone in the Universe. But why didn’t aliens contact us already? Researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology are coming with a reliable and wild claim: highly-intelligent beings from other planets annihilated themselves.
Scientific progress is generally a good thing. What could possibly be more beautiful and exciting for an intelligent being than to discover and build? But at the same time, things can get out of control and dangerous when multiple individuals cannot agree with each other.
Technological advances lead to impending disaster
We know very well how greedy, selfish, and eager for political power intelligent beings can get once they gain authority. Wars automatically occur, and something similar could happen for civilizations from other planets as well.
The researchers involved in the new study reminded us that past studies show that technological advances of a civilization will automatically lead to complete destruction and even biological degeneration. Therefore, any intelligent civilization once existing in the Milky Way has likely annihilated itself.
An official statement says:
[I]f intelligent life is likely to destroy themselves, it is not surprising that there is little or no intelligent life elsewhere.
If we want to have any chance of encountering those long-disappeared and intelligent aliens, our only hope is to somehow invent a time machine and go backward in time several billions of years. The scientists theorize that the peak conditions for life to develop elsewhere in the Galaxy likely occurred about 8 billion years after Milky Way was formed.
If some intelligent extraterrestrial beings truly are there, somewhere, the main question we all should be asking ourselves is this: is humanity really prepared for such an encounter?