METI to Send Interstellar Messages

A San Francisco organization is preparing to send messages to planets that might harbor alien life

January 05, 2017




The program, called Active SETI or METI (Messaging ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) involves beaming signals into space toward planets similar to Earth. The message, scheduled to be sent in 2018, is a simple “hello”.


There are many people that say we should not attempt to contact alien civilizations because they might be anything but peaceful. Does the existential risk, outweigh the benefits (knowing we are not alone)?


It seems to me, that all of humanity should have a say in this, as it could affect everyone on the planet. But, like cloning, designer babies and strong AI, no one is really asking for my opinion.




Resources on METI


METI International


Scientists to begin sending messages to aliens, despite warnings that it could trigger Earth’s destruction


METI to Send Interstellar Messages in 2018


Should We Broadcast? And What If We Find Life in the Solar System?


To Be or Not to Be Signaling the Aliens: That Is the Question for SETI


Is This Thing On?






Aquatic Alien Pilot inside Cockpit by Surian Soosay via Flickr


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Jack is not your typical future technology blogger. As an early baby boomer, he's lost a bit of his bang. Not intending to be cruel, Facebook recently notified him that his schoolmates at General Equivalency Diploma, really want to be friends again. His yearly income averages just above his monthly urges. In spite of that, or because of it, Jack has a lust for living, a thirst for knowledge and a strong desire to contribute to a better future for all.


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