artificial intelligence

The article which was published on The Conversation shows the author of the study Michael P. Oman-Reagan of Vanier Scholar Department of Anthropology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, have searched for some extraterrestrial intelligence signs.

The astronomer and SETI Jill Tarter said the approach which we are doing to search for some known technosignatures which include radio transmissions but not for any intelligence. Now, they are focusing more on artificial intelligence (AI) which will be helping us to search for alien intelligence in such a way that we have never thought of.

The Alien intelligence is still unknown for the humans, and it may be anything and of any size starting from the size of the octopus, ant or any machine. We usually see the extraterrestrial life in our view, but it doesn’t mean they will be like that. They are not even on Earth or across interstellar space.

The astronomers, anthropologists, neuroscientists and many others have gathered at a workshop named as “Decoding Alien Intelligence” at the SETI Institute in Silicon Valley in early 2018.  Nathalie Cabrol who is an Astrobiologist said in her paper named as “Alien mindscapes,” asks how SETI will be moving past “looking for other versions of ourselves” and can also think “outside of our brains” to imagine the extraterrestrial intelligence in a different form.

When we are trying to search for alien intelligence, we always assume that they are more advanced than us and have the more advanced technology. This may be wrong as the technology we termed as advanced for them may be less advanced or it might be different from what we are thinking.  To find alien life, computers are researching and gathering data and also gaining the ability to outperform our brains also.

NASA has launched SETI program in the year 1992 by building two huge radio telescopes. These two telescopes are placed in Puerto Rico and the other one in California. The main aim of the project is to start research about the signs of life or about that technology. But, unfortunately, after a year the project was pulled up as it does not get any NASA funding.

The new bill which was introduced in the US House of Representatives shows that it got a budget authorization for this program. NASA will be spending $10 million for next two years to search for technosignatures.


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