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Aliens could trigger apocalypse on Earth without even visiting by sending a message hiding malicious AI that could shut down global power systems

Daily Mail [1]
February 14, 2018

Aliens could trigger apocalypse on Earth without even visiting our planet.

That’s according to a new study by scientists in Hawaii that claims ET could send humanity a message hiding malicious AI.

We should consider deleting messages from aliens without reading them to avoid havoc on Earth, the researchers claim.

Not only do these messages have the potential to contain AI that can shut down power systems, opening them can also alert aliens to our whereabouts.

The study [2], titled ‘Interstellar communication. IX. Message decontamination is impossible,’ explains how a message from space may require the use of computers to display, analyse and understand.

‘Such a message cannot be decontaminated with certainty, and technical risks remain which can pose an existential threat,’ the researchers write.

‘Complex messages would need to be destroyed in the risk averse case.’

The researchers say a bug hidden in the message could wreak havoc with technologies on Earth.

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