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Could a lottery help fund the search for ET ?

By T.K. Randall
April 8, 2017 · Comment icon 29 comments

Could there be a better way to fund SETI ? Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 CSIRO
A new paper has suggested using a lottery and savings bond as a way to fund the search for alien life.
The idea, which has been proposed by research scientist Jacob Haqq-Misra at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, would work by allowing people to purchase a lottery bond with the opportunity to win a large cash prize should intelligent alien life ever be verifiably discovered.

"The SETI Lottery Bond is a fixed rate perpetual bond with a lottery at maturity, where maturity occurs only upon discovery and confirmation of extraterrestrial intelligent life," Haqq-Misra wrote.
"Investors in the SETI Lottery Bond purchase shares that yield a fixed rate of interest that continues indefinitely until SETI succeeds - at which point a random subset of shares will be awarded a prize from a lottery pool."

Even if the search ultimately took centuries, bond holders could pass them down to their children. If the bonds proved particularly expensive to purchase then crowdfunding might also be an option.

"A SETI Lottery Bond is a further step toward long-term savings, and it could be a novel way to increase participation in science as well as financial savings," he said.

Source: Seeker.com | Comments (29)




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Comment icon #20 Posted by badeskov 7 years ago
And you know better? How so, I hesitate to ask. Phoenix lights were flares and planes and the Belgian UFO flap atmospheric phenomena, to the best of our knowledge. The UFOlogy is in a really poor state (which we already knew) or you just don't know what you are on about and haven't done any research. How would you know? What? You know this how? Why would you think so? Why shouldn't they? Again, you know this how?  No, that would be about the worst place one could possibly find. By far. Yes, but the far side of the moon has been imaged in excruciating detail by orbiters - and not only by NASA... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by Tobias Claren 7 years ago
@ Noteverythingisaconspiracy They are not "stupid", therefore the options "naive" etc.. If Hawking will not accept this option, this is naive. Especially he warns against contact. So he has to assume that visits are possible. OK, If your spouse, children etc. are killed by a guy, and over 200 whitnesses say "this is the man, we had seen it 150m away in a clear sunny day", you would say "this is not conclusively proved". I think not... 200+ whitnesses are an axiomatic proof. Therefore, I explicitly wrote "axiomatic."   EVERY Alien civilisation will research the stars. From stonehenge-like obse... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 7 years ago
Tobias Claren I thought about giving a detailed reply to your post. but since you seem to be in full conspiracy mode anything I might say could be countered by you claiming a conspiracy, so whats the point. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Gish_Gallop      
Comment icon #23 Posted by badeskov 7 years ago
Of course he does acknowledge that visitation is possible. Like everybody else, that does not mean that they are believing that it is actually happening.  Completely different scenario. No, just no. They are not proof. First of all, proof only exists in mathematics. Secondly, anecdotes does not evidence make, however much you like it to be.  You simply do not know this. This is all in your mind. Again, you are making things up. He doesn't know. He speculates. You don't think we would discover them even if they did not land on the White House Lawn? That is pretty naive, Nonsense. No, there i... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Tobias Claren 7 years ago
@ badeskov You can not say "It were flares". This is only that, was they say by the military. Of course, the military says always the truth ... It is proved that the alleged flare drops do not fit at all times when there were sightings. Besides, there were very close witnesses (like the Johnsons and neighbors in a suburb), and they know what they have seen. Also witnesses with a military background. People who know how flares look. Here are military flares at night: And also governor fife symington is a pilot. He said in an interview: "I'm a pilot and I know just about every machine that flies... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by toast 7 years ago
No "they" are ignorant, its you who is ignorant here. Of course it whould be of benefit for the project if the whole sky would be screened with radio telescopes but such a project isnt possible due to high costs involved so we have to work with the options we have. Furthermore, your comparison with optical telescopes is nonsensical but gives an impression about your lack of knowledge on radio/optical observation technologies and procedures. For example, the Kepler Space Observatory has been build and launched to search for exo-planets, its view covers only 0,25% of the sky and its always point... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by toast 7 years ago
Look here  
Comment icon #27 Posted by rashore 7 years ago
Sorry to snip the rest of your comment, but I wanted to address this point specifically... If 200 people said they could identify a man at 150 meters, I would assume they are all lying or collectively mistaken for some reason. Humans simply can't do that, our vision does not work that far out. It is extremely difficult to almost impossible for us to make a positive ID at 50-60 meters with our naked eyes- distance blur factor, we can't even really make out the eyes on another persons face at that distance. By the time it gets to 100 meters, people look like little more than blobs- if it was 150... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by Myles 7 years ago
It also would not be enough to convict a guy in most cases. 
Comment icon #29 Posted by Saru 7 years ago
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