Perhaps similar to the indigenous Native Americans or Australian Aboriginals when their worlds were discovered, named and colonized, what would we do? That is the ethical dilemma that this report will discuss.
While there are many studies regarding terraforming and colonization of uninhabited worlds, there is little to no research, thought or discussion about finding an inhabited world full of resources and perfect for humans, but with an indigenous population. If there is, it is hidden behind closed doors and yet to be revealed. .
While science has certainly broken down barriers between countries, such as using the World Wide Web to communicate, the explosion of technology and those who use it often have less than altruistic drives and motives. Money and gain often trump research and development. This has always been the rift between science and technology and the ethical dilemma that scientists often find themselves in after seeing their research used for various unsavory purposes later on. Case in point is the founder of the Nobel peace prize, the inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel. A discovery he hoped would improve the progress of the species but has lead to great destruction and loss of life.
There are also certain attitudes among scientists that make the concept of moving to other populated worlds troubling as well. In an interview with the director of the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) .at the Space Science Institute, Carolyn C. Porco, talks about how her philosophical questioning of religion led to her interest in science and astronomy. .