The US is in debt for trillions of dollars. Outside of China (possibly), no one on Earth can help us pay off that debt.

So how about looking off-Earth?

While this suggestion wasn't one made at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, the possibility of impending first contact with extraterrestrials was an important item on the agenda nevertheless.

HuffingtonPost.com reports that international business leaders and politicians assembled to assess and plan for the risks and issues that the global community may have to deal with in the next ten years. One of those issues was the ever-growing possibility of humanity's first contact with life from other worlds.

The "out of this world" suggestion resulted from the World Economic Forum's collaboration with the international science journal Nature, which helped the WEF  select certain "X Factor" situations which Nature refers to as "unheralded dangers that sneak up on us."

One of those situations on the list, which also included "runaway climate change" and "significant cognitive development" was the increasing possibility that humanity may soon have to confront "the possible social consequences of contact with alien life." The possibility of contact with alien life is due to the recent discoveries and successes of scientists and spacecraft, which have, in the last few decades, revealed the existence of Earth-sized planets and the necessary conditions for life to exist on planets other than our own.