Life in the universe? Absolutely. Contact with us? I hope not. I agree completely with Dr. Hawkings, "Don't mess with aliens". If they be benign they would not want contact with a violent, aggressive, greedy species. If they are like us or worse.. well, let's not go there. Those trying to facilitate contact are well-purposed but naive.
Here is an associated question that has puzzled me for a long time. In truth, since it was expounded that nothing can go beyond it's existence. That means existence is bounded. How? Time curves forming a circle, given enough distance. How much distance? That's irrelevant to my question. Is the span of my existence different from someone say, born 50 years before me? Everything in space is moving; the universe is rapidly expanding, galaxies are moving at breakneck speeds, stars are moving rapidly as well. Everything in space is not in the same place it was when I was born and different again 50 years before that. Now, does all this movement mean some infinitesimal portion of my existence does not exist to the person born 50 years before me? My mind can almost grasp a scenario of overlapping existences. Think of an endless group of bubbles. Now expand that 2 dimensional view to include a 3rd dimension. Though many would in some way overlap the center bubble in your field of view, moving outward, we eventually see bubbles that do not. Totally different existences; different universes, if you will.
Some might say, well, the molecules or atoms or subatomic particles that form all things are and were in existence when every human was born. Good but not exactly true. Stars when at end sometimes go supernova, creating and destroying all types of particles. Galaxies collide and merge creating and destroying particles at every level, changing vast amounts of matter to energy which eventually becomes what? Often an effect on something else.
Would like to read your thoughts. Ron