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SETI Decide to Listen #decidetolistencampaign

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Could the Milky Way be rippling with life and intelligence -worlds calling out to worlds- while we on Earth are alive at the critical moment when we first decide to listen? Our species has discovered a way to communicate through the dark, to transcend immense distances. No means of communication is faster or cheaper or reaches out farther. It's called radio. We are now, on an unprecedented scale, listening for radio signals from possible other civilizations in the depths of space. This quest is called the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence SETI Let me describe how far we've come. The first SETI program was carried out by Frank Drake His great achievement was to show that modern technology is fully able to listen for signals from hypothetical civilizations on the planets of other stars. Meanwhile, the technology for detection has been getting cheaper; the sensitivity keeps improving; the scientific respectability of SETI has continued to grow; But our fear of the dark rebels. The idea of alien beings troubles us. We conjure up objections: "It's too expensive." But, in its fullest modern technological expression, it costs less than one attack helicopter a year. "We'll never understand what they're saying." But, because the message is transmitted by radio, we and they must have radio physics, radio astronomy, and radio technology in common. The laws of Nature are the same everywhere; so science itself provides a means and language of communication even between very different kinds of beings provided they both have science. "All through human history advanced civilizations have ruined civilizations just slightly more backward." Certainly. But malevolent aliens, should they exist, will not discover our existence from the fact that we listen. The search programs only receive; they do not send. After billions of years of biological evolution -on their planet and ours- an alien civilization cannot be in technological lockstep with us. There have been humans for more than twenty thousand centuries, but we've had radio only for about one century. If alien civilizations are behind us, they're likely to be too far behind to have radio. And if they're ahead of us, they're likely to be far ahead of us. Think of the technical advances on our world over just the last few centuries. What is for us technologically difficult or impossible, what might seem to us like magic, might for them be trivially easy. We could communicate today across much of the Galaxy. They should be able to do much better. If they exist. En Abril del 2011 SETI anunció que debido a restricciones de presupuesto el conjunto de radio-telescopios se pondría en estado de hibernación. indefinidamente...

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Duration: 4 minutes and 43 seconds
Country: Canada
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: Reid Gower
Director: Reid Gower
Views: 302
Posted by: atmosfera on Jun 22, 2011

In April of 2011, SETI announced that due to budgetary constraints their radio telescope array would be set into hibernation mode. This is video is unofficially produced on SETI's behalf by Reid Gower, with the aim of starting a grassroots movement to reinvigorate funding for the SETI program.

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