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Scientists at a US conference have said it is time to try actively to contact intelligent life on other worlds.
"A lot of people are against active Seti because it is dangerous. It is like shouting in the jungle. You don't know what is out there; you better not do it. If you incite the aliens to obliterate the planet, you wouldn't want that on your tombstone, right?"
Leading astronomers, anthropologists and social scientists will gather at his institute after the AAAS meeting for a symposium to flesh out plans for a proposal for active Seti to put to the public and politicians.
"Historians will tell you that first contact between industrial civilization and indigenous people does not go well," he told me.
Mr Brin believes that those in favor of active Seti have been "railroading the public into sending a message without a wide and detailed discussion of what the cultural impact might be".
Also on the agenda at the active Seti symposium is that if we are to send a message to ET - what should it be?
"My personal preference is to send the internet - send it all because if you send a lot of information then there's some chance that they'll work it out".
originally posted by: weirdguy
They should use the universal language of mathematics to make first contact.
Something like this for example,