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Shostak: 'we will find ET within 20 years'


Posted on Tuesday, 3 October, 2017 | Comment icon 30 comments

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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 (30)


Tags: Seth Shostak, SETI


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #21 Posted by toast on 4 October, 2017, 14:44
And what kind of agenda should that be?
Comment icon #22 Posted by jmccr8 on 4 October, 2017, 14:52
That he is an alien who's agenda is a disinformation specialist. jmccr8
Comment icon #23 Posted by Aten on 4 October, 2017, 17:58
Stanton Friedman has a few things to say about Seti.
Comment icon #24 Posted by seanjo on 4 October, 2017, 18:19
Not a lot, we'd know there is life in a certain place in the Universe, but even if that life was based in the nearest star system, it would take 40 odd thousand years to travel there (with current technology), I suppose we just send a signal back to them and wait for years to see if we get a reply.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Dejarma on 4 October, 2017, 19:13
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 #26 Posted by seanjo on 5 October, 2017, 9:02
That's going against doctrine, don't you know only Humans are bad and all Aliens are enlightened peace loving pacifists, even though they must have fought their way to the top of their own evolutionary tree.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Dejarma on 5 October, 2017, 14:44
no i didn't know that
Comment icon #28 Posted by bison on 5 October, 2017, 16:02
If they're irredeemably violent, due to their evolutionary struggles, it seems more than likely that they will turn on one another and destroy themselves. Perhaps the reason we haven't been invaded or destroyed by ETs, is that only species which learn the ways of peaceful coexistence survive to travel the stars. 
Comment icon #29 Posted by Occams Razor on 6 October, 2017, 9:36
I would put a line through Stanton Friedman. He's responsible for inventing all this Roswell ET craft crash nonsense.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Hawkin on 6 October, 2017, 17:56


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