Skip to comments.Intelligent Aliens Could Be Found by 2040
Posted on 02/10/2014 6:28:41 AM PST by 12th_Monkey
The first detection of intelligent extraterrestrial life will likely come within the next quarter-century, a prominent alien hunter predicts.
By 2040 or so, astronomers will have scanned enough star systems give themselves a great shot of discovering alien-produced electromagnetic signals, said Seth Shostak of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, Calif.
"I think we'll find E.T. within two dozen years using these sorts of experiments," Shostak said here Thursday (Feb. 6) during a talk at the 2014 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) symposium here at Stanford University
"Instead of looking at a few thousand star systems, which is the tally so far, we will have looked at maybe a million star systems" 24 years from now, Shostak said. "A million might be the right number to find something."
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While I'm not sure if ET's exist or not, if you play the odds in and infinite universe, then logically there should be. IF we one day do find signs, will we believe them?
"Talk amongst yourselves,"
Meaning we have already found unintelligent aliens.
Right here on Earth.
I’m not interested in intelligent aliens. They would just be an obstacle or a threat.
I’m more interested in habitable planets with life we can eat.
Just what we need more aliens. :-)
But we need money, that's a certainty.
Because, since evolution happened here, it MUST have happened elsewhere as well... right?
I’m sure if aliens have listened to our TV and Radio broadcasts over the last 50 years or so, the’ve probably come to the conclusion no intelligent life exists on Earth.
A "Threat" is what I'm worried about. Especially from those *more* intelligent.
You don't try to communicate with the ants in your driveway. Or, frankly, worry about them, unless they try to come into the house. Then they become an issue, and get exterminated.
Should be Bill Clinton backdoors alien
You can bet that if we find intelligent aliens they won’t have ObamaCare on their planet.
Yes. A more fine tuned search can now happen
Ah.. he slightly altered his name so we wouldn’t know he was a Sleestak from Land of the Lost.
The Fermi paradox is the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilization and humanity’s lack of contact with, or evidence for, such civilizations. The basic points of the argument, made by physicists Enrico Fermi and Michael H. Hart, are:
The Sun is a young star. There are billions of stars in the galaxy that are billions of years older;
some of these stars probably have Earth-like planets which, if the Earth is typical, may develop intelligent life;
presumably, some of these civilizations will develop interstellar travel, a technology Earth is investigating even now;
at any practical pace of interstellar travel, the galaxy can be completely colonized in a few tens of millions of years.
According to this line of thinking, the Earth should already have been colonized, or at least visited. But no convincing evidence of this exists. Furthermore, no confirmed signs of intelligence elsewhere have been spotted, either in our galaxy or in the more than 80 billion other galaxies of the observable universe. Hence Fermi’s question,
“Where is everybody?”
Yep. WHile it it’s true, it was kind of a bonehead statement to make. Since “funding” gave us the lie of global warming, will it give us aliens too???
Since I’m from Texas, can I grill it??
The people who write “we’re on the verge of finding aliens” get big checks.
The people who write “we haven’t found anything, time to give up” get nothing.
correct. Show me da money!
So scientists, the bulk of which are atheists, believe that this incredible ‘accident’ called ‘life’ has occurred elsewhere in the universe? Of course, the anti-ID crowd here will jump on me with their defense of this illogical scientific conclusion in 3 ,2 ,1....
I think the real threat would be that they were looking for habitable planets with life they can eat.
Coming here for resources is a favorite scifi theme but doesn’t make sense because the universe is full of the same resources that can be found here.
When SETI went from only passive listening to active beaming of tight radio signals a bunch of people involved quit the various programs/boards. Apparently it was somewhat of an arbitrary decision that many disagreed with.
While some will jump to the conclusion that alien life is an attack on God and promotion of evolution, I would view it as the grandeur of God and creation itself.
I fully expect the atheist crowd to jump on me in 5....4.....3....2.....
Like illegal ones? But hey they can run a leaf blower.
It will take them that long to quit voting Democrat, eh?
Exactly. The real story out of this article is how deeply in bed publications like Space.com are with these government space agencies. If the spending is turned off, they have nothing to report. So we get silly articles like this about how we are going to find intelligent life in space by 2040. How do they know? Do they have a crystal ball?
And if they don’t find evidence, they will fabricate some.
Ha!! “Intelligent Aliens Could Be Found by 2040”
Liberals already know about them and have them registered to vote in every election!!
The government funded SETI for a time, but I don’t think it does anymore. I think a majority of the funds SETI gets is from private sources.
I confess I don’t know the history of SETI from past to present.
Let’s not be so eager to let them be aware of our presence. They could take this pretty planet for their own and stock it with delicious tribbles.
I’m sure the Caribe Indians were happy as clams when they got a load of beads from Columbus for those useless yellow rocks. (Please don’t try to correct the obviously wrong history. It was to make a point)
if they did, would the government allow it out into the public? I think some would believe, most wouldn’t and some would turn it into a cult..
Next we’ll all be required to put up signs on some terrible pictogram language catering to the interplanetary jet set.
“just in case”
Oh wait, that’s the visual picture menu at McD’s.
gotta switch to another browser, chrome isn’t displaying pictures.
Wouldn’t they be referred to as ‘Undocumented Space Travelers’?
Like Sienfeld opined....
A space craft hovering above you while you are walking your dog.
Dog stops to ‘do doo doo’ and you stop and pick it up.
Don’t really have to wonder ‘who is in charge’ now do you?
it’s a 50-50 shot and your analogy is very valid. Twilight Zone’s “to serve man” springs to mind....
I am hoping that we discover the cowrovians living on the planet Pondetaur in my lifetime.
Kind of like Hitchhikers guide, where the visiting alien thought the predominant life form were cars.
No doubt there is other life forms in the universe......fact is there is not a shred of evidence they have ever visited this planet!!!