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UK team composes letter to extraterrestrials


Posted on Saturday, 12 September, 2015 | Comment icon 29 comments

Should we really be sending messages out in to the cosmos ? Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 CSIRO
Researchers across the country have been attempting to come up with a message to send in to space.
The idea of broadcasting a message in to the cosmos in an effort to communicate with an intelligent extraterrestrial race has been met with a considerable degree of uncertainity in recent years for the simple reason that attracting someone else's attention might ultimately do more harm than good.

This latest effort has been undertaken as part of the "Breakthrough Message" contest, an initiative funded by Silicon Valley investor Yuri Milner to help accelerate the hunt for extraterrestrial life.

Whether the message will ever actually be sent however continues to remain a point of contention - at a recent SETI conference for example a vote over whether to broadcast it resulted in a 50/50 tie.

One of the biggest concerns over the decision is whether sending the message could draw the attention of a hostile alien race - something Stephen Hawking has been warning about for years.
"The most naive one would be that aliens will come and eat us or invade us," said Dr Sandberg, a philosopher from the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford.

"That is probably not very likely. But a more sophisticated version is that we have seen what happens when more advanced civilisations encounter less advanced ones."

On the other side of the argument lies the potential benefits such contact could bring.

"We have a lot of these uncertainties, but we also know that our own civilisation is in a fair bit of trouble. We face some pretty big threats," said Dr Sandberg.

"That means it might be a good idea to gamble, and hope there is someone slightly older and wiser out there. If aliens told us something about how to handle our climate, or artificial intelligence, we might want to listen."

Source: BBC News | Comments (29)

Tags: Extraterrestrial, Life, SETI

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #20 Posted by Gomar on 22 September, 2015, 0:12
Aliens might introduce their Gods to humans if they reach us. Ifcourse, who is to say Adam&Eve weren't alien colonists, or that it wasn't aliens who gave Moses the Bible?!
Comment icon #21 Posted by psyche101 on 22 September, 2015, 2:49
Aliens might introduce their Gods to humans if they reach us. Ifcourse, who is to say Adam&Eve weren't alien colonists, or that it wasn't aliens who gave Moses the Bible?! Just what this planet needs Interstellar JW's.
Comment icon #22 Posted by godnodog on 22 September, 2015, 22:09
hmm an old fella told me once some pretty good advice and I think it applies here....... he said "Don't speak until you are spoken to" Well in that case maybe humanity is the first breaking silence cause everyone else is waiting to be spoken to! Lol
Comment icon #23 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 22 September, 2015, 22:24
When will we be happy with what's in front of us instead of looking where we will never reach? Hopefully never !
Comment icon #24 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 23 September, 2015, 16:32
Not so true, I'm sure some other civilization is searching as well. Yeah, civilizations that just crawled out of the slime like we did, maybe. Intelligent beings from other worlds are far more likely to be billions of years older than us than not.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 23 September, 2015, 16:57
Deleting DUP
Comment icon #26 Posted by psyche101 on 30 September, 2015, 0:37
Yeah, civilizations that just crawled out of the slime like we did, maybe. Intelligent beings from other worlds are far more likely to be billions of years older than us than not. ]Why is that far more likely than not? You just made that up as you went along like you always do. There is no reason to consider this is actually the case.
Comment icon #27 Posted by dirtierdragoon4 on 18 October, 2015, 6:28
When will we be happy with what's in front of us instead of looking where we will never reach? Never because we want to evolve right now.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Black Monk on 23 October, 2015, 12:57
When the time comes that you're faced with daily, demeaning aggression based solely on your gender, you get an opinion. To be honest with you, love, I think men are far more discriminated against than women are.
Comment icon #29 Posted by DONTEATUS on 23 October, 2015, 13:59
Exactly. Cultural differences offer enough confusion when just on this planet amongst similar beings, imagine what an entirely new cultural value might be? LOL, so funny when they consider sexual equality something to proudly boast to aliens about, LOL, it is entirely conceivable that aliens won't have sex or gender!! Might pay to find that out before we start telling them how civilised we are!! I really hope taxes don't pay these wages that come up with these really important ideas to work on. What about the Waist in the U.S. on The Bengazi B.S. ? That's a waist of taxes too ! As is most of o... [More]


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