Galaxy Quest: 7 Tatler A-Listers Weigh In On Extraterrestrial Life
As the world’s richest invest in space travel, we ask some Generation T and Tatler 500 listers whether they think there is life out there and what that might mean for the future of the human race
Design-savvy Ruth is the founder of her eponymous creative and design studio, which works with some of the city’s hippest brands.
"Given our Earth is only a speck in the vastness of space, 91 billion light years large, it is an intriguing thought—with high probability, I dare add—that other life forms exist elsewhere in our universe. If Stephen Hawking’s theory that humanity has only 100 years left on Earth stands true, then presumably a portion of humans would leave Earth at a some point to populate another planet, in which case natural selection may create a whole new breed of human. Either that, or we take better care of our Mother Earth."
Arthur is a co-founder of Hong Kong’s coolest venture capital firm, Vectr Ventures, which has interests in everything from tech companies to virtual reality goggles.
"I don’t think we’re alone in the universe. It’s simply far too big (or we’re far too small) for Earth organisms to be the only living, breathing, functioning organisms in the entirety of what’s beyond us and still 99 per cent unknown.
I think this means—given our ever-increasing technological levels—we will reach a point where either by travel (less likely) or by sending long-range probes or beacons to gauge lifeforms in other solar systems and galaxies, to confirm that there is indeed life. And we can hope to not go through what the world went through in Independence Day or The Avengers."
Arthur is the founder of Hong Kong-listed Synergy Group, a clean energy company. Before switching to mechanical engineering at university, he studied aerospace engineering.
"I definitely think we are not alone in the universe. Compare the history of the human race to the more than 10-billion-year history of the universe—I don’t think it is statistically possible that life forms could exist only on Earth. I wouldn’t reject the possibility of living on another planet.
But if we don’t act now, we might never have the chance to even consider this. The future of the human race could be relatively short—potentially just one or two more generations—as we are drawing on more energy than the Earth could ever sustain."
Given her love of travel and penchant for fast cars, it’s no surprise that Mira is an enthusiastic supporter of space exploration.
"I choose to believe that we are not alone in the universe, even if there is no proof of life now. I fully support the space exploration programmes. I am a space sci-fi fan. I always dream of a place as good as earth for the human race in the future."
Sean, CEO of VR agency Awethentic Studio, is an avid con-servationist, photographer and television presenter whose shows have appeared on National Geographic, Channel News Asia and TVB.
"I don’t think we are alone in the universe. Statistically speaking there is strong evidence to show there are other life forms out there. I believe the universe is too big to deny the possibility that other life forms exist beyond planet Earth. If there is a higher life form, it could potentially be a threat to the survival of humanity, as a populated universe may mean a number of species and civilisations far beyond what we could fathom.
To add to that, there would most likely be a battle for colonisation and resources, which would accelerate the destruction of our planet."
Philip is the founder and chairman of tech company General Sensing and a founding member of the Smart Cities group at the MIT Media Lab, from which he holds a master’s degree.
"I think the sheer size of the universe almost guarantees the existence of life. The question is how much of the life is intelligent. Even if there is intelligent life, we have yet to solve how to communicate in a method which is faster than light, making communications rather difficult.
On the other hand, at some point our first radio/TV signals may reach other civilisations, helping them to learn and watch the progress of our own civilisation. The initial data we have from Europa [one of Jupiter’s moons] suggests there may be life below the ice. We live in exciting times."
Drawn towards anything related to technology, media or entertainment, Jonathan is the CEO of the Lan Kwai Fong Group.
"I do not think we are alone in the universe. I believe it is very likely that there is some other kind of life form out there on another planet. That life may not necessarily look like life as we know it. Recent discoveries such as Earth-like planets or planets that could possibly support life, in addition to the discovery of further evidence of water on our moon and on Mars and other planets, makes this belief of life out there all the more strong."