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Aliens may only be interested in Earth's technology, study claims

By T.K. Randall
December 16, 2022 · Comment icon 61 comments

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A new paper has put forward a new theory to explain why we have yet to hear from any extraterrestrial civilizations.
The question of whether we are alone in the universe remains one of the biggest philosophical conundrums of our time. While it seems almost inconceivable that our civilization is alone in the cosmos, the fact still remains that we have yet to see any evidence to the contrary.

The Fermi paradox, which highlights the contradiction between the likely existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the fact that we have still never encountered any, seems to suggest that either there are no aliens out there, or they are so rare that it is unlikely we would ever come across them.

Now in a new paper, astrophysicist Amri Wandel from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has put forward another possibility - what if life in the universe is so common that intelligent extraterrestrials are only interesting in communicating with civilizations in possession of advanced technology ?

While we certainly do have technology, the problem could be that evidence of this is likely to be particularly difficult to detect over the vast distances between inhabited worlds.
While megastructures in orbit around stars would be detectable over long distances, the type of technology we possess might not be - especially given that we've only been sending out radio waves (which are limited to traveling at the speed of light) for a relatively short period of time.

Unless there's someone in our galactic neighborhood within a few dozen light years listening out for these types of signals, they are unlikely to be aware of our technology at all.

It could also be that our technology is simply too primitive to be of any interest.

In Star Trek, the United Federation of Planets refuses to make first contact with a civilization until it has reached a certain level of development (i.e. warp drive).

Who knows, perhaps there are aliens out there with similar principles.

Source: Live Science | Comments (61)

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Comment icon #52 Posted by the13bats 9 months ago
Since we are talking sci fi i saw what happened to seth brundle in the fly, no thanx no telepod travel for me.
Comment icon #53 Posted by joc 9 months ago
Teleportation is fantasy pellinore.  It doesn't exist.  That is what I'm talking about with the StarTrekian Fantasy Mind Set.  None of that is real.  None of it exists...perhaps in theory...absolutely on the Hollywood Screen...but in reality...there is no such thing.  Sure people are working on stuff like that.  I want to see the case study, the research papers that show that scientists teleported a pencil eraser from point A to point B.  There is no such evidence because no one has ever done, is fantasy not reality.  In Fantasy Thinking ...yeah...we can just teleport ... [More]
Comment icon #54 Posted by pellinore 9 months ago
I believe there have been successful experiments with mice. This was a failure.
Comment icon #55 Posted by the13bats 9 months ago
I have been feeling poorly and watching back to back dvds the last few days just watched star trek first contact again . Kinda funny earthlings reach lightspeed and make first contact and time travel in 2063 just around the corner.
Comment icon #56 Posted by joc 9 months ago
Feel better my friend!  
Comment icon #57 Posted by moonman 9 months ago
May as well claim aliens are only interested in our cheese, it's just as valid as this so-called "study". Cheese would explain the cattle abduction thing, at least.
Comment icon #58 Posted by XenoFish 9 months ago
Let's go with this idea for a moment. Even if you were to disassemble someone then reassemble them, it's still going to take time. Thought a lot faster than conventional travel. The primary issue is that basically vaporizing someone is killing them and reconstructing them is just a copy. Just think for a moment. Let's say we have a base on a moon of Jupiter. So you take John Q Astronaut, put him in the encoder, turning him into basically just information and sending that info to the target. What would it take to bring him back into existence. Would the system have to 3D print him from the grou... [More]
Comment icon #59 Posted by pellinore 9 months ago
Actually, that is an interesting point. As all our cells are regularly renewed (without checking I think every few months for all of them, even neurones), are we the same person all of our lives? Or endless clones of ourselves?
Comment icon #60 Posted by XenoFish 9 months ago
We are never the same person completely. We're in a constant cycle of life and decay. 
Comment icon #61 Posted by pellinore 9 months ago
Mostly decay with me, sadly.

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