The pioneering astronomer on what’s relevant now in the ancient question: “Are we alone in the universe?”
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The SETI Institute’s Jill Tarter makes her TED Prize wish: to accelerate our search for cosmic company. Using a growing array of radio telescopes, she and her team listen for patterns that may be a sign of intelligence elsewhere in the universe.
SETI’s Jill Tarter has devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere, and almost all aspects of this field have been affected by her work.
Are human beings the only example of intelligent life in the universe?
Dr. Jill Tarter, director for the Center for SETI Research, says it’s scientifically valid to ask if the same processes of physics and chemistry that resulted in human life and civilization might have occurred elsewhere in the universe.
In this short podcast presentation, Dr. Tarter talks about the role that the Allen Telescope Array is playing in the effort to identify signals engineered by non-human life if it exists somewhere in the cosmos.
"Life on earth is made out of stardust. Life somewhere else is going to probably be made out of stardust too."
A new warning from astrophysicist and global science guru Stephen Hawking: Do not talk to aliens.
The brilliant Hawking is wheel-chair bound and speaks through a computer. But he’s thinking about the cosmos.
With billions of galaxies, trillions of stars, the numbers tell him there’s life out there. The smartest forms could make it here. But we should not want that, says Hawking. Too much danger.
Other scientists disagree. We’ll hear that debate, and talk to the man who heads Earth’s greeting committee for aliens.