When Will We Find Extraterrestrial Life?

Speaker:  Seth Shostak – Mountain View, CA, United States
Topic(s):  Computational Theory, Algorithms and Mathematics

Abstract

Are we alone in the universe?  The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now into its fifth decade, and we still haven’t discovered any cosmic company.  Could all this mean that finding biology beyond Earth, even if it exists, is a project for the ages – one that might take centuries or longer?

New approaches to detecting life suggest that there is good reason to expect a discovery of microbic organisms on other worlds soon, and that we could uncover evidence of sophisticated civilizations – the type of aliens we see in the movies and on TV – within a few decades.

Why this might be more than wishful thinking and what contact would mean for our civilization are the subjects of this talk on the continuing efforts to establish our place in the universe of living things.

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  50
Duration:  50 - 55 minutes
Languages Available:  Dutch, English
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