Probably the Worst Idea in Human HistoryST
I thought I'd take a break from finance related stuff today to give you guys the heads up that you should get your affairs in order because the human race doesn't have much time left in existence. As a species, we've had some really bad ideas, but I'm pretty sure this one's the one that's gonna do us all in.
Before I get into what's about to happen, let's cover some basic science/math real quick. The universe is estimated to be about 13.77 billion years old. Earth is around 4.5 billion years old, and life emerged on Earth about 3.8 billion years ago. NASA estimates that there are 100 billion planets in our galaxy alone, 10 billion of which share Earth-like characteristics. I've heard the number of planets in the known universe to be estimated at a billion billion.
So from a strictly mathematical viewpoint, some form of intelligent extraterrestrial life somewhere in the universe is a near certainty. Given a long enough timeline, contact between us and some form of alien life is also highly probable. And whatever life we may encounter could conceivably have about a 10 billion year head start on the evolutionary race track and be quite a bit more advanced than us shaved apes. So it would behoove us as a species not to piss them off.
Scientists have been concerned about this for a very long time. Getting the right message about Earth out to the cosmos was once a matter of heated debate and careful consideration. When the Voyager probe was launched, it included a Golden Record which contained a carefully crafted melange of Earth sounds, various photographs and music, and a radioactive clock that will help whomever encounters it determine when it left Earth. This effort was spearheaded by none other than Carl Sagan himself.
That's all about to change, because starting tomorrow every inbred hick shitheel is going to become Earth's ambassador to outer space. We no longer have to worry about Mutual Assured Destruction or a zombie apocalypse; I have no doubt that our species will now meet its end courtesy of an intergalactic Kardashian tweet.
The good folks ushering in our doom are located at LoneSignal.com, where you can sign up to be one of the first to send a message into space. I can't imagine a worse idea, frankly. If a highly evolved extraterrestrial intelligence is greeted with Tchaikovsky, we might stand a chance. But 2 Chainz? We're screwed.
The most ironic thing about this is that the only people sending messages into space will be Internet trolls, humanity's lowest common denominator.
Oh well, we had a good run...