Would contact with extraterrestrials benefit or harm humanity? A scenario analysis

@article{Baum2011WouldCW,
  title={Would contact with extraterrestrials benefit or harm humanity? A scenario analysis},
  author={S. Baum and J. Haqq-Misra and S. Domagal-Goldman},
  journal={Acta Astronautica},
  year={2011},
  volume={68},
  pages={2114-2129}
}
While humanity has not yet observed any extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI), contact with ETI remains possible. Contact could occur through a broad range of scenarios that have varying consequences for humanity. However, many discussions of this question assume that contact will follow a particular scenario that derives from the hopes and fears of the author. In this paper, we analyze a broad range of contact scenarios in terms of whether contact with ETI would benefit or harm humanity. This… Expand

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