This is news because SETI has always passively searched for evidence of life on other planets and this would represent their first active attempt to seek out aliens with their own messages.
Influential scientists are worried. If alien creatures find out about us here on Earth, they may want to invade and make us their slaves--or their sandwiches. In other words, the learned scientists see a threat similar to that portrayed in the Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man."
Those scientists include Stephen Hawking, who said:
"The outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans."Once again, Hawking is wrong. He was wrong about "spontaneous creation" as the source of the universe, which is the argument of a desperate scientist trying to match Einstein but can't. How to get something (the universe) from nothing without God? Spontaneous creation from nothing. He's not one of my favorite scientists with that kind of logic.
Hawking and the other scientists worry about aliens and suspect they are way ahead of us and any interaction would be to their benefit, not ours.
But I already argued last month in "The Reason UFOs Avoid Earth" that those advanced aliens aren't as dumb as Hawking and SETI think. They already know we're here! They don't need SETI's radio broadcasts to enlighten them.
They avoid us because (among other things):
- We have nothing of interest to offer them.
- Despite what Hawking thinks, they have good reasons to avoid any "clash of civilizations" with us and have their own reasons to fear us, Columbus and the Native Americans notwithstanding.