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PALO ALTO, Calif. — The first detection of intelligentextraterrestrial life will likely come within the next quarter-century, a prominent alien hunter predicts.
By 2040 or so, astronomers will have scanned enough star systems to give themselves a great shot of discovering alien-produced electromagnetic signals, said Seth Shostak of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, Calif.
"I think we'll find E.T. within two dozen years using these sorts of experiments," Shostak said here Thursday (Feb. 6) during a talk at the 2014 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) symposium at Stanford University.
"Instead of looking at a few thousand star systems, which is the tally so far, we will have looked at maybe a million star systems" 24 years from now, Shostak said. "A million might be the right number to find something."
Many potentially habitable worlds
Shostak's optimism is based partly on observations by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope, which has shown that the Milky Way galaxy likely teems with worlds capable of supporting life as we know it.
"The bottom line is, like one in five stars has at least one planet where life might spring up," Shostak said. "That's a fantastically large percentage. That means in our galaxy, there's on the order of tens of billions of Earth-like worlds."
"The bottom line is, like one in five stars has at least one planet where life might spring up," Shostak said. "That's a
fantastically large percentage. That means in our galaxy, there's on the order of tens of billions of Earth-like worlds."
Shostak and his colleagues think at least some of these worlds host intelligent aliens — beings that have developed the capability to send electromagnetic signals out into the cosmos, as human civilization does every second of every day. So they're pointing big radio dishes toward the heavens, hoping to detect something produced by living beings.
I've always believed we've already had the evidence or detected the signals already -- but we as a species just aren't ready to do deal with the implications.
I also feel that we're being broken into the idea of alien life very slowly. It seems every time I turn around these days were a tiny bit closer to "discovering" alien life. Eventually people will just shrug their shoulders at the discovery of alien life and say, "Yeah, so? We pretty much assumed there was alien life for the last 70 years".
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"PALO ALTO, Calif. — The first detection of intelligent extraterrestrial life will likely come within the next quarter-century, a prominent alien hunter predicts."
I don't know why they are spending do much. If they want intelligence they should just come over to my house. My wife knows everything.
I think we should look for signs of intelligent life on this planet first...edit on 10-2-2014 by Soloprotocol because: (no reason given)
game over man
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It will only be discovered when it fits the best interest of national security. I'm guessing we will find microbiological life or past life first, then advanced ET contact and then maybe past advanced ET contact after.
This article is great news! S&F
...It has nothing to do with "being ready". By the way, most people my age were born ready. It's like: "Where are all the aliens already?"...
A three-way race to find life in space
The search for alien life does not focus solely on technological societies, of course. Many other scientists are keying in on simple life forms, which must be distributed much more commonly throughout the universe.
The first evidence of microbial life on Earth, for instance, dates from 3.8 billion years ago — just 700 million years after our planet formed. But it took another 1.7 billion years for multicellular life to evolve. Humans didn't emerge until 200,000 years ago, and we've become a truly technological species in just the last century or so.
Shostak thus views the alien life hunt as a three-way race. The contenders are researchers looking for advanced, intelligent civilizations; scientists scouring solar-system bodies such as Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa for simple organisms; and researchers focusing on finding signs of microbial life on nearby exoplanets using future instruments such as NASA's $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope, which is scheduled to launch in 2018.
The race may come down to the wire, as Shostak thinks all three approaches could bear fruit in the next few decades.
"I think any of these horses has a pretty good chance of succeeding — just my opinion — a pretty good chance of succeeding in the next 20 years, say," he said during the NIAC talk.
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Firstly, the universe as we know it and perceive it ceases to exist without life. That is to say; without any living form 'decoding' the informational source of the universe, there becomes no universe as we know it. Light ceases to exist without an observer of light and matter is nothing but the unique interaction between light and the 'source'. That beautiful flower doesn't exist unless there is life to perceive its beauty.