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Stephen Hawking launches a $100 million search for intelligent extraterrestrial life

'We must know': Hawking launches biggest-ever search for alien life

Stephen Hawking launches $100m search for alien life beyond solar system

Stephen Hawking Announces $100 Million Pledge To Search For Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life

Stephen Hawking Helps Launch Massive Search for E.T.

 

holy jeez this is so exciting!! it's been my dream since i was a little kid that we'd find alien life - and now we actually might!

and if we do, there's so many possibilities, like: we could learn things from them! we could start an intergalactic trade! maybe even make friends from light years away!!

we might even be able to confirm or debunk alien sightings here on Earth!!

i legit might cry this is so amazing

 

sorry for all the links i'm just so happy

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I've been following it, and I'm really excited for it! Maybe they'll find the species of some of our members here, would be awesome

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I'm very curious as to what turns up, space has always been an interesting topic for me.

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I read this story yesterday and while I'm very excited, I'm also very sad because dammit I wish I could be in school for astrophysics instead of computer programming so I can be a part of this study!

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@TheSolitaryGray oh gosh me too! but at the same time idk if i'd be cut out for astrophysics anyway. but dang if i don't still wanna be a part of the program!
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@TheSolitaryGray oh gosh me too! but at the same time idk if i'd be cut out for astrophysics anyway. but dang if i don't still wanna be a part of the program!

Oh, I've adored astrophysics for ages. I'm only going to school for computer programming so I can eventually afford the schooling for astrophysics. It just saddens me that it would be many years in the future until I was qualified and probably too late for this project.

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Oh, I've adored astrophysics for ages. I'm only going to school for computer programming so I can eventually afford the schooling for astrophysics. It just saddens me that it would be many years in the future until I was qualified and probably too late for this project.

aw, man, yeah school's so expensive. i wish you luck though! maybe the project will still be going when you're qualified!!

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Don't get too down and out! Who is going to program the satellites? Who is going to program allllllll of the software needed to organize all of the data they find? ^_^

 

This is super exciting. If they start branching out and looking for carbon based life forms on other habitable planets, the implications would be astounding for our society as a whole.

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Don't get too down and out! Who is going to program the satellites? Who is going to program allllllll of the software needed to organize all of the data they find? ^_^

 

This is super exciting. If they start branching out and looking for carbon based life forms on other habitable planets, the implications would be astounding for our society as a whole.

This is part of the reason I'm even bothering with computer programming at all. Having both under my belt would let me be a bit more hands-on on some projects down the road.

 

I should note that this particular project isn't just looking for life in general, such as microbial life, but will be scanning for radio transmissions and other evidence of specifically intelligent life. The search for life in general has been one of NASA's primary missions for a while now and they've already stated that finding microbial extraterrestrial life is inevitable within the next twenty years. This project is more along the lines of the SETI Institute's goal of finding advanced lifeforms capable of communication. I'm not saying the more general mission isn't important, because it's wildly important, just that this project has slightly different goals. :)

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This does bring some hope to me, that I could find my home, but at the same time I wonder if there is still a place to call home. I'd love to know, but yet I'm worried about the result.

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Hmmmm, personally I think if intelligent life exists we do not want to find it. Planets like ours are rare, we could be drained of resources, enslaved, destroyed, die of an alien disease, kill the aliens with our bacteria, start a war (hey we can barely get along with ourselves!)

 

Intelligent life that developed in a marine environment is unlikely to have had an industrial revolution as well.

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To me, it's not a question of if, it's when. Shame that at this point in history, if I were to tap someone on the shoulder and explain to them what I've learned over the years, the only thing that it would garner me is a nice padded cell.

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Well now you've got me curious Vaerynn, what have you learned? I agree that there has to be intelligent life out there, what I'm not so sure is if they will find it this time around. I mean, trying to find someone in a supermarket can be hard, let alone the universe.

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True, the universe, let alone the galaxy, is vast and it is indeed a bit of a crap shoot. However, I remain confident that contact will me made, perhaps not in this particular lifetime, but I feel as though we're on the cusp of something massive. As for what I've learned, well, it's nothing more than educated guesses on my part, but I suppose if NASA or any other agency really wanted to have an idea as to what's out there, they could always talk to me. ;) But then I'd get the aforementioned padded room. :D

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