METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence)

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METI International, simply known as METI, is a non-profit research organization that creates and transmits interstellar messages to search for extraterrestrial civilizations.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] In July 2015, the papers to form METI were filed by its founder and president, Douglas Vakoch.[8] METI is headquartered in San Francisco, California.[2][5]

Overview[edit]

METI targets nearby stars and also rethinks the nature of the messages to send.[8][9] On October 16, 17, and 18, 2017, METI sent a message consisting of a scientific and mathematical tutorial to the red dwarf Luyten's Star, located just over 12 light years from Earth.[10][11][12] This message was transmitted from a radio transmitter at the EISCAT research facility in Tromsø, Norway.[13] One of the goals of METI is to examine people's views of transmitting messages.[1]

METI builds an interdisciplinary community to design interstellar messages, within the context of the evolution of intelligence and language.[14] In May 2016, METI convened the meeting “The Intelligence Of SETI: Cognition And Communication In Extraterrestrial Intelligence” in Puerto Rico.[1][4] Two years later, in May 2018, METI held the meeting “Language in the Cosmos” in conjunction with the International Space Development Conference.[14][15] This meeting was held in Los Angeles and examined the connection between astrobiology and linguistics.[9] On March 22, 2017, METI held a workshop in Paris to examine the question "What is life?" from an extraterrestrial perspective.[16]

METI also searches for life beyond Earth.[17] Specifically, METI conducts an optical Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).[1] METI's optical SETI observatory in Panama looks for laser pulses from advanced civilizations, and it has examined anomalous stars like the nearby red dwarf star Ross 128,[18] as well as HD 164595, 94 light years from Earth.[17] None of these searches has yielded evidence of artificial signals from extraterrestrial intelligence.[17][18]

Notable members[edit]

Notable members of METI's Board of Directors and Advisory Council include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Osborne, Hannah (2016-02-16). "Meti president Douglas Vakoch: Sending messages to aliens is not dangerous and we could make contact by 2035". International Business Times.
  2. ^ a b Krieger, Lisa (2016-12-27). "Tired of listening, scientists plan to send greetings out to other worlds". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. ^ Meyer, Guido (2017-02-20). "E.T. - hörst Du mich?". SWR2.
  4. ^ a b Schulze-Makuch, Dirk (2016-06-03). "Conversing with E.T." Air & Space Magazine.
  5. ^ a b Robert, Sanders (2016-12-29). "METI to Send Interstellar Messages in 2018". Futurism.
  6. ^ Sabin, Dyani (2017-06-29). "Researchers at METI are Trying New Technology to Contact Aliens". Inverse.
  7. ^ Leary, Kyree (2017-09-17). "Despite Opposition, METI Will Still Reach Out to Alien Life in 2018". Futurism.
  8. ^ a b Johnson, Steven (2017-06-23). "Greetings, E.T. (Please Don't Murder Us.)". The New York Times Magazine.
  9. ^ a b Castelvecchi, Davide (2018-06-01). "The researchers who study alien linguistics". Nature. doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05310-x. ISSN 0028-0836.
  10. ^ "How to send a message to another planet". The Economist. 2017-11-16.
  11. ^ Schughart, Anna (2017-11-16). "Hallo, GJ 273b! Außerirdische zu Hause?". WIRED.DE.
  12. ^ "Qué contiene el último mensaje enviado al espacio en busca de vida alienígena". BBC. 2017-11-20.
  13. ^ Patton, Paul (2018-06-05). "Language in the Cosmos II: Hello There GJ273b". Universe Today.
  14. ^ a b Patton, Paul (2018-06-04). "Language in the Cosmos I: Is Universal Grammar Really Universal?". Universe Today.
  15. ^ Klesman, Alison (2018-05-29). "What would an alien language sound like?". Astronomy Magazine.
  16. ^ Rozieres, Gregory (2017-03-26). "Des chercheurs se sont sérieusement posé la question de l'intelligence des extraterrestres". Huffington Post (French edition).
  17. ^ a b c Griffiths, James (2016-08-30). "Hear me now? 'Strong signal' from sun-like star sparks alien speculation". CNN.
  18. ^ a b Wall, Mike (2017-07-18). "Astronomers Detect Strange Signals from Red Dwarf Star". Scientific American.

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