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Originally posted by ssupp
Imho the idea of interstellar communication is pretty stupid.
The nearest star is 4 light years away, that means that any form of communication will take AT LEAST 4 years to reach the star system.
Unless we figure out a way that's at least 100 times quicker but I'm pretty sure that's impossible.
Sorry to ruin your interstellar conversation fantasy.
Originally posted by DJW001
The biggest obstacle to interstellar communication is not technological, but, well, neurological. It would be necessary to understand each others' thought processes in order to create a shared language. First contact would be made using simple mathematical progressions. 1,2,3,5,7,11... is essentially the interstellar hailing signal, but where do you go from there? You would need to establish how you are going to transmit and receive your data, then figure out a mutual system for expressing abstract concepts, and a grammar that links them in a way that both species find logical. That will be the hard part.
Originally posted by whatsinaname
reply to post by DJW001
use binary, remember the "reply" crop circle?
I think telepathy is the best answer so far but good luck convincing phage =) I have a sort of analogy for it though, imagine you have a rod the size you need to reach the other planet, tap the rod on one end, the other end moves right then and there, instant coms. of course there are problems with this when you apply physics, especially if your rod is conductive >_>
Originally posted by Pokoia
I would suggest quantum entanglement.
Instant communication, you cant beat that.
Originally posted by nineix
Blink once for 'yes', twice for 'no'?
Sorry, I'm in a silly mood.
I'm on board with the high powered optical lasers. These would be orbital lasers so there's no atmospheric pesky worries.
If microscopic sized wormholes could be created reliably and kept 'alive' long enough with predictable end points, squirting data though would be quite top.
That's all spooky science fiction at this point though.