New ET contact protocol suggested
February 8, 2011 | 31 comments
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A new protocol for contacting life outside Earth may make the message universally understandable.
A team of three scientists has decided that perhaps the reason no-one has responded to messages broadcast in to deep space in 1974, 1999, 2001 and 2003 is because the message is not something that can be understood. To address this they've created a new protocol for the message in the hope of eliciting a response.
Even though there are no aliens (yet) to test the protocol on, a message that can be deciphered across cultural boundaries is a good start, Atri says in the paper. "It is often said that SETI is a search for ourselves, and as we develop a message that we would send to unknown listeners, we will come to an even deeper appreciation of our diversity as humans," the paper says.
Source: International Business Times
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