Recently launched media venture The Debrief revealed an eyebrow-raising scoop. Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute senior astronomer Seth Shostak is ready to bet you a cup of joe that we’ll find aliens within 2036.
Accord ng to Shostak, as the processing power of computers assigned to listen to distant signals from the cosmos, magnifies in a couple of years or so, computers can observe more and more channels on which extraterrestrials might be interacting.
The reason SETI doubles in speed approximately every two years is due to the speed, which is largely dependent on computers, according to the astrophysicist. So we all need to follow Moore’s Law. He bet everybody a cup of Starbucks that something could be found by 2036.
Differing from the conventional belief, it’s computers, not humans, listening to these signals. We don’t sit in front of the computers and monitor the data. It’s like viewing millions of TV channels simultaneously.
By 2036, the SETI institute’s computers will be equipped enough for astronomers to have witnessed around a million star systems. Shostak’s gut feeling says a million is the right number to find something.
He also indicated towards the findings of innumerable new exoplanets, which will enable us to capture new perspectives on what sort of lifeforms could possibly be out there.