The good people over at SETI seem fed up with dwindling their thumbs until aliens make contact with humanity and are now considering a better course of action. The institute has been trying for over 30 years to capture transmissions sent by intelligent life from other planets with very little success, so now it’s time to kick it up a notch. If the aliens are not sending messages to us, maybe we should be sending messages to them. The next step in the search of extraterrestrial life involves detailed and regular broadcasts of Earth and humanity, which will be sent to nearby planets that look like they could sustain alien civilizations. “There could be many civilizations out there but if they are all listening and no one is broadcasting then nothing will happen,” SETI CEO David Black told The Sunday Times. He does have a point there.
SETI will have a 20-light years radius to work with and might even send the entire Wikipedia database if the project ends up being approved. Needless to say, if intelligent aliens receive our messages, they will know pretty much everything there is to know about our species, especially if they will gain access to Wikipedia. But while the SETI researches are very excited about this idea and eager to put the plan into action, not everyone shares their enthusiasm. A number of people are very concerned about the possibility of intelligent extraterrestrial life and especially about sending our home address to aliens that may very well be hostile for all we know. A lot of members from the scientific community, including renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking have warned on more than one occasion that inviting E.T. over for dinner will likely spell the end of mankind. However, that isn’t stopping SETI from attempting it anyway.
Meanwhile, the institute is also planning to upgrade their equipment soon to near-infrared wavelength in the hopes of tuning in to alien radio. An event on the matter will be held this Tuesday, February 10 at the SETI institute in Mountain View, California.