Astronomers and other researchers have been making a concerted effort to search the cosmos for alien intelligence for decades now. But what about putting on a porch light for any alien astronomers who might be performing the same search from the other side of the galaxy?
We spend tax dollars on dumber things, at least this has the potential for some fun.
A new study out of MIT proposes using a high-powered laser to send a signal into space that could stand out from the massive energy of our sun and basically announce “we’re here!” to anyone who might happen to be looking.
Instead of fishing for contact with a life form we determine to have a low threat value, they’re saying F it, throw a net and hope we catch something.
“If we were to successfully close a handshake and start to communicate, we could flash a message, at a data rate of about a few hundred bits per second, which would get there in just a few years,” Clark said.
“One day we might receive a signal from a planet like this, but we should be wary of answering back,” Hawking said in the 2016 CuriosityStream series Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places. “Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn’t turn out so well.”
I’m all for it, whatever happens, it would be exciting.
Time to add some flavor to the furture.