The BBC reports on SETI astronomer Seth Shostak recent suggestion that the odds favor detecting alien artificial extraterrestrial rather than extraterrestrial biological life.
This is an interesting suggestion, especially given the idea that such visitors to our planet, namely the creepy short grey aliens made so famous by Whitley Strieber, are already thought to be androids/robots/somethings by some in the UFO & alien abduction world.
Also, multiple science fiction greats have written about robots being the first wave of alien contact, from Harry Bates’ Gort (Gnut) in ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ (based on the short story “Farewell to the Master”) and H.G Wells’ Martian Tripods in ‘The War of the Worlds’ alien robots made contact with earth before or along with their extraterrestrial creators.
SETI has spent decades looking for radio signals with no results, so they have decided a new approach…
SETI is taking suggestions.
To mark SETI’s 50th anniversary, 5,000 messages will be sent into space via a radio telescope. The messages can be up to 40 words, and can say anything you like – greetings, warnings, confessions, jokes. A selection of the messages will also be featured in Paul Davies’s The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence, a new book about our search for extraterrestrial life. The promotion is being sponsored by Penguin UK and National Science and Engineering Week.
Want your message sent into space?
Submit your message of no more than 40 words at www.penguin.co.uk/eeriesilence or submit your message below.
And don’t forget to leave your suggestions in the comments.
Entries will be accepted until February 28, with the winners being announced in March. For full details and terms and conditions, see www.penguin.co.uk/eeriesilence.
Brad Niesluchowski has resigned from his job at the Higley Unified School District in Gilbert Arizona after being served a termination notice resulting from abusing his position by using work resources to look for alien life.
Higley officials so far estimate the damages, energy usage and equipment losses linked to Niesluchowski at $1.2 million to $1.6 million.
Niesluchowski had downloaded to every computer in the school district, the software SETI@home from the University of California-Berkeley that relies on volunteers and their personal computers to search satellite-collected data for signs of intelligent life in outer space. Also found on computers was another SETI-related program from UC-Berkeley, called “BOINC. After searching Niesluchowski’s home, police found 18 computers and other equipment stolen from the district.
Ragbir Bhathal, an astrophysicist at the University of Western Sydney, who teaches the only university-based course on SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) in Australia, has been monitoring the skys for any regular signals from space that maybe sent or emitted from an extraterrestrial intelligence.
In 2001, he suggested that maybe a laser pulse would be the signal, not the previously thought radio signal. He set out to scan the skies for regular patterns of lasers within a range of about 100 light years.