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Extraterrestrial

New ET contact protocol suggested

February 8, 2011 | Comment icon 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 | Comments (31)


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Comment icon #22 Posted by Lilly 11 years ago
Yawn! By all means of respect, but what a none issue the articles bring up.It is well known that mathematics probably will be the protocol for establishing communications, not images or sound bits. And any attempt at contact being sent our way by ET will most like be math as well. Scene from "Contact": Michael Kitz: Your having sent this announcement all over the world may well constitute a breach of national security. Ellie Arroway: This isn't a person-to-person call. You can't possibly think that a civilization sending this kind of message would intend it just for Americans. Michael Kitz: I'... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by arenee 11 years ago
And any attempt at contact being sent our way by ET will most like be math as well. Scene from "Contact": Michael Kitz: Your having sent this announcement all over the world may well constitute a breach of national security. Ellie Arroway: This isn't a person-to-person call. You can't possibly think that a civilization sending this kind of message would intend it just for Americans. Michael Kitz: I'm saying you might have consulted us; obviously, the contents of this message could be extremely sensitive. Ellie Arroway: You want to classify prime numbers now? How do we convey our math to them t... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by 747400 11 years ago
From the article, "Dimitra Atri, the lead author on the paper, writes that the problem is that all of these messages, especially the last one, depend on being picked up by some creature that shares human senses. For example, a photographic message would make no sense to a creature without eyes." Don't ya love how they refer to possible aliens 'creatures'? It's no wonder they haven't dropped by for tea! We are rude! Aliens are people too! **** i've never really grasped this idea that math(s) is the universal language of the universe. Would Aliens use the same numbers as us? How would you be abl... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Lilly 11 years ago
How do we convey our math to them though? I mean our 'symbols' for math are not going to be the same as theirs. I just (as much as i love math and am ashamed to admit this) don't know how we would represent our way of math to them?? It's like code breaking, whatever symbols ET may employ isn't what matters. It's what the symbols are doing (from a mathematical perspective) that's important. Take a look here for a more detailed deion.
Comment icon #26 Posted by arenee 11 years ago
It's like code breaking, whatever symbols ET may employ isn't what matters. It's what the symbols are doing (from a mathematical perspective) that's important. Take a look here for a more detailed deion. Thank you..
Comment icon #27 Posted by Davedini 11 years ago
I think this is a very good idea. Thinking about it how can we expect someone not from this world to understand a message if we send the same message over seas and they look at it and say to themselves in whatever language they speak " WHAT THE HECK DOES THAT MEAN?" A message that can be universally translated is a great idea and i think they should get started on it ASAP Or just as a thought since a lot of people already think aliens are here. Then how about this is just them opening a door to the day where they announce that we have had contact with life not from this world.
Comment icon #28 Posted by haunted_rufio 11 years ago
Its like bubbles from a fish to a human being. What makes them think that the aliens have never observed us before? Since aliens are supposed to be intelligent lifeforms, they would have already learned or even taught us our language. We are merely ants living in an ant farm to them.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Twinkle Arora is back 11 years ago
Hmm,, all they want is a universal communication protocol? That would be difficult,, Pictures were obvious for communication across barriers If they can't see then it should be based on sound and omg that is difficult and what if they can only feel?(no eyes or ears) then? Its almost impossible to develop a universal protocol, instead what they can do is that they can just put everything they can think of like pictures, sound, text or anything that they may think of to increase the chances of interpretation by alien species.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Pierce8 11 years ago
I assume we like to contact advance civilization, and therefore we need protocols to contact them. And if we were unsuccessful in previous attempt, possibilities are w/c i think: 1. We were talking to nothing 2. WE were talking to low level beings 3. We were talking to same level as we are but have different technologies and this really required to have some kind of Babel fish technology. 4. They already knew us..AND THEY FOUND US NOT VERY INTERESTING SUBJECT... it would be a waste of time for them to befriend us.
Comment icon #31 Posted by DONTEATUS 11 years ago
Silly Human beans ! They have been for thousands of Years been trying to call us ! Just watch a Lighting Storm ! Ita all in the Lighting ! They send us a message every time a Bolt of Lighting Strikes ! Well in my world anyweay ! I think a good way to find or send a message would be On a Beam of Pure Laser Light Spiked with a few very odd elements tagging along. Like segmets of our DNA,And maybe the Lucy Show just for Fun! All this from a Simple Bean


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