The practical impact of an alien arrival following NASA’S discovery of a new solar system
Following NASA’s recent announcement about the discovery of seven exoplanets, three of which could potentially support life, homeowners have began to wonder whether their homes and possessions would be protected should damage be caused by life entering our planet.
David King, product expert at home, motor and life insurance firm Budget Insurance commented, “Our standard terms and conditions cover a wide range of eventualities, but don’t currently stretch to damage caused by alien life forms travelling to Earth. However, who knows what may happen in the future? To be on the safe side, we’re opening a waiting list for customers who’d be keen to take out anti-alien damage cover should the need arise”.
Insurance cover is just one of many “what would we do?” type questions posed by humans in the event of receiving visitors from another planet. How would we communicate with them? How would the governments around the world react?
This year’s Oscar-winning film Arrival (on Blu-ray and DVD from 20th March) touches upon how humans would respond to an alien visit; when 12 spacecrafts land around the world, each country brings in a team of experts in a bid to be the first to learn of the new race and communicate with those on board. The U.S. pairs expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) with Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) – a theoretical physicist and mathematician – to try and decipher the alien language.
But is this how we would deal with an alien visit in real life? Nick Pope – who used to run the British Government’s UFO Project and is one of the world’s leading experts on UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories – seems to think so.
“If aliens arrived on Earth the government would immediately put together a group of experts to decide what to do next: scientists, academics, and - in case things get unpleasant - senior military personnel” Pope commented. “We'd be interested in their science and technology, but also in the more abstract things: their art, literature, philosophy, and perhaps even their poetry. The government would be particularly interested in the spacecraft: the propulsion system, the energy source and, sad to say, the weapons - assuming they have any.”
Pope also sheds light on why each country notably wanted to be the “first” to crack the language in Arrival: “Governments all around the world would scramble to be the first to acquire extraterrestrial technology, because the first nation to get hold of it would be the dominant power on Earth for the foreseeable future, making this the ultimate high-stakes game”.
Intrigue in the new species put aside, would the UK government be concerned with humanity’s welfare should aliens decide to pay us a visit? “The government would be petrified about an alien arrival” Pope said. “One moment you're top dog, then there's a new kid on the block: bigger than you, twice as strong and ten times as smart. History shows us that when a more technologically advanced civilisation encounters a less technologically advanced one, it doesn't end well for the latter. If we're visited by aliens, humanity could be in big trouble.”
With this in mind – insuring our assets may be the least of our worries, but let’s hope an alien visit provides a friendlier outcome so an insurance add-on could be a sensible way to go forth! To find out more, visit https://www.budgetinsurance.com/home-insurance/the-arrival-of-alien-insurance/
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