Seti Live website to crowdsource alien life

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A website has been launched that aims to get the public involved in the search for extraterrestrial life.
Announced at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Los Angeles, the site will stream radio frequencies that are transmitted from the Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Allen Telescope Array.
Participants will be asked to search for signs of unusual activity.
It is hoped the human brain can find things the automated system might miss.
The website is the latest stage in a quest “to empower Earthlings everywhere to become active participants in the ultimate search for cosmic company”.
The project is being run by Dr Jillian Tarter, winner of the TED Prize in 2009 and director of the Seti Institute’s Center for Seti Research.
She has devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere.
She hopes Seti Live will help build upon the community of scientists and technologists already involved in the search.
“There are frequencies that our automated signal detection systems now ignore, because there are too many signals there,” she said.
“Most are created by Earth’s communication and entertainment technologies, but buried within this noise there may be a signal from a distant technology.
“I’m hoping that an army of volunteers can help us deal with these crowded frequency bands that confuse our machines. By doing this in real time, we will have an opportunity to follow up immediately on what our volunteers discover.”……
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Written by physicsgg

February 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm


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