Humanity will find alien life within the next two decades, an astronomer has claimed.
In a recent interview, a senior expert at the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute said he ‘bet everybody a cup of coffee that we’ll find intelligent life within 20 years’.
The SETI Institute has spent decades researching strange and unexplained signals in our universe in the search for intelligent life.Speaking to Futurism at this year’s Worlds Fair Nano in New York, Dr Seth Shostak, who leads efforts to detect radio signals from alien civilisations at SETI, discussed humanity’s search for aliens.
‘We may find microbial life – the kind you’d find in the corners of your bathtub,’ he said.
‘We may find that a lot sooner, but that remains to be seen, but it’s gonna happen, I think, in your lifetime.’
Dr Shostak said he is confident that humans will discover extraterrestrial intelligent life relatively soon.
But he said that making ‘contact’ will not be direct due to the immense distances signals will need to travel.
‘If they’re 500 light years away … you’ll hear a signal that’ll be 500 years old, and if you broadcast back “Hi we’re the Earthlings, how’re you doing?” – it’ll be 1,000 years before you hear back from them. If you ever hear back from them,’ he said.
‘So, it’s not exactly contact, but at least you know they’re there.’