When our Alien Overlords finally do return to Earth and make that ever important “First Contact” with 21 century Man, it will be up to one person to make sure that the oh so important first impression made upon them is a good one.
Oh, and this person will not be a world leader…
Or a noted general…
No, that person honored with being the Official Representative of the Human Race is…
Mazian Othman is the head of the little spoken of United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (or UNOoOSA for short).
And now she has been appointed by the United Nations to be the Ambassador of Earth to our returning Alien Overlords.
Othman, an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist, is expected to describe her role as Earth Ambassador at a science conference next week at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.
She is scheduled to tell delegates that the recent discovery of hundreds of planets around other stars has made the detection of extraterrestrial life more likely than ever before - and that means the UN must be ready to coordinate humanity’s response to any “first contact”.
During a talk Othman gave recently to fellow scientists, she said: “The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that someday humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials. When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.”
(Because they seem to be able to handle everything else they decide to put themselves in charge of so well…)
Take me to your leader…
The news of naming Othman as Earth’s official ambassador came along with an announcement by the UNOoOSA that would be beginning to draft the “Official Protocol” for what we- as a world- are to do when we finally do make contact with the aliens.
Prompting the move is believed to be an official announcement where astronomers are expected to announce, perhaps later this year or early next year, that our satellites (such as Keplerand and Corot) have identified earth-like planets in space. So far, as many as 500 large Jupiter-sized planets have been discovered (being smaller, Earth like planets are to harder to "see" with our current technology).
Resistance is futile…
While many respected scientist do not necessarily disagree with the thought that there may be life on one of those distant hypothesized Earth-like planets, many – like noted genius (and Rayden lookalike) Dr. Michio Kaku- believe that it may be too soon (and too presumptive) to begin planning for the world altering first meeting between the two civilizations.
According to Dr. Kaku:
“… There are several problems facing such an attempt, however. If the SETI Project can eaves drop on messages from extra-terrestrial civilizations, then it will take many decades to centuries for us to return the message, because the aliens could be many light years away. So it would be a one-way conversation. Even a simple conversation would be impossible. All we can do is listen to their communications.
Second, most earth-like planets we find in space, even if they have oceans and life forms, will probably only have microbial life on them. So simply finding such planets is not enough. Advanced civilizations in space are probably very rare. Third, we should wait until we find out if the aliens are hostile or not. We should monitor them for years before actively trying to reach out to them…”
He believes that “First contact” will be rather distant and slow and that in order to have the neat and orderly “First Contact” to occur it would require the aliens to “…land on the front lawn…”
“… The only way that a two-way dialog can take place with such aliens is if they actually visit us, e.g. land on the White House lawn. Then we can make direct contact with them. (But the problem here is that, if they can travel such vast distances to reach us from distant stars, then they have probably already done so, and have been observing us for years. So, even if we find evidence of earth-like planets, it does not guarantee that our protocols will mean anything.)
So, personally, I think it is prudent to draft such protocols. However, there is no guarantee that we will ever have to use them.”
Granted… he might just be pissed that he didn’t get the gig as “Official Earth Ambassador”.
Personally, I don’t see the harm in the drafting of protocol though… never a bad idea to have a plan in order… ya know, just in case…
(Even if it is a shitty, half assed, bound to get us sucked into an “unwinnable intergalactic war we can’t win” plan drafted by an organization that can’t figure out a way to keep crazy human nations from stockpiling weapons and declaring war on one another.)