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Shostak: 'we will find ET within 20 years'

By T.K. Randall
October 3, 2017 · Comment icon 27 comments



Is there anyone out there ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Hajor
SETI astronomer Seth Shostak maintains that we will find evidence of intelligent aliens within two decades.
Ever the optimist, Shostak was recently speaking at the Worlds Fair Nano NY festival when he 'bet everybody a cup of coffee' that we would discover intelligent extraterrestrials within 20 years.

He also suggested that the discovery of microbial alien life may happen even sooner than that.

"We may find microbial life - the kind you'd find in the corners of your bathtub," he said. "We may find that a lot sooner, but that remains to be seen. But it's gonna happen, I think, in your lifetime."
On the subject of intelligent extraterrestrial life, while Shostak remains adamant that we will discover something soon, he is less optimistic about the likelihood of direct communication.

"I mean if they're 500 light years away... you'll hear a signal that'll be 500 years old," he said.

"If you broadcast back 'Hi we're the Earthlings, how're you doing?' - it'll be 1,000 years before you hear back from them. If you ever hear back from them."

"So, it's not exactly contact, but at least you know they're there."

Source: Newsweek | Comments (27)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #18 Posted by Derek Willis 6 years ago
Theiris a foram rool abowt not kritisizing peeple's spelling.
Comment icon #19 Posted by toast 6 years ago
Alarm!
Comment icon #20 Posted by toast 6 years ago
And what kind of agenda should that be?
Comment icon #21 Posted by jmccr8 6 years ago
That he is an alien who's agenda is adisinformation specialist. jmccr8
Comment icon #22 Posted by Aten 6 years ago
Stanton Friedman has a few things to say about Seti.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Dejarma 6 years ago
This leads me nicely to the reason why I think SETI is a bad idea- let's just say: 1, they're capable of finding out where the search originated from... 2, they've the tech to get to us within a short space of time... 3, they happen to be an alien version of ISIS... Oh happiness!!!!
Comment icon #24 Posted by Dejarma 6 years ago
no i didn't know that
Comment icon #25 Posted by bison 6 years ago
If they'reirredeemably violent, due totheir evolutionary struggles, it seems more than likely that they will turn onone another and destroy themselves. Perhaps the reason we haven't been invaded or destroyed by ETs, is that onlyspecies which learn the ways of peaceful coexistencesurvive to travel the stars.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Occams Razor 6 years ago
I would put a line through Stanton Friedman. He's responsible for inventing all this Roswell ET craft crash nonsense.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Hawkin 6 years ago


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