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After Dell, SETI?

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  • Started 9 years ago by FabriceDoublet
  • Latest reply from Steve R.

  1. FabriceDoublet
    Member

    Just heard on french TV that SETI is short of money and is stopping searching for aliens. Tell me it's not true.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  2. Winks
    Member

    It appears to be true:

    "Efforts to pick up signals from potentially advanced civilizations living far afield were at least temporarily discontinued this week following the SETI Institute announcement that it had run out of money to operate its new and state-of-art radio telescope array in Northern California."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/search-for-extraterrestrial-life-faces-setback-with-seti-telescope-hibernation/2011/04/27/AFZ8O3yE_story.html

    No big deal. We know they're here already!

    winks

    Posted 9 years ago #
  3. ByronBailey
    Member

    SETI must have run into a civilization beaming pornography to us....

    Posted 9 years ago #
  4. Anonymous

    After fifty years of trying they haven't found anything? That's not exactly a good indicator. Either they're doing something wrong or maybe intelligent aliens are rarer than they thought. Probably it's the latter. Maybe the intelligent aliens don't want to contact us?

    Posted 9 years ago #
  5. David the Evil Overlord
    Member

    Read a story recently featuring SETI discovering alien messages. Finally dechiphered, and SETI to be discontinued as a result. Messages are alien version of email from Nigeria claiming millions of dollars must pass through your bank account, for a guaranteed cut of these millions please provide all your banking details and don't be surprised if all your money disappears...

    Posted 9 years ago #
  6. My understanding is that SETI is an activity, not an organization. Surely there's a few thousand other institutes still doing this.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  7. JohnWThiel
    Member

    SETI has a website, and an organization of that name that it costs you money to join; they keep trying to up the donations too.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  8. Anonymous

    There aren't any intelligent aliens?

    Posted 9 years ago #
  9. David the Evil Overlord
    Member

    There was also a David Brin story in Analog twenty-odd years ago. Earth was discontinuing SETI due to funding cuts. Earth would put the money into cancer research. Meanwhile, an alien race that had cured cancer were also discontinuing their SETI program. The aliens would put their money into researching some problem Earth had already solved...

    Posted 9 years ago #
  10. Winks
    Member

    Wow! Most every reply here makes perfect sense! But in the end, I think it's a tie between A) Mr. Bailey's (most likely scenario) that the aliens are sending us porno and that must be defunded! OR (B) Mr. Marshall's recallling of a Dave Brin story where all "intelligent life" -- stationed here or abroad -- simultaneously cuts space exploration funding - - to give tax breaks to the alien wealthy, no doubt. Ouch. Enrez-vous the new middle ages.

    More blood for speculated oil (pricing)! (not Venus probes!) You go America. Go!

    winks

    Posted 9 years ago #
  11. Steve R.
    Member

    SETI@home to shut down after two decades of crowdsourced alien hunting

    "After March 31, a bunch of amateur alien hunters will regain some personal computing power. The Berkeley SETI Research Center announced Monday that SETI@home, the two-decades-old crowdsourcing effort to hunt for signs of E.T. in radio telescope data using internet-connected computers, is shutting down at the end of the month.
    ...
    Now the SETI@home team says it's time to shut the whole thing down and focus on compiling the results from the project.

    "Scientifically, we're at the point of diminishing returns; basically, we've analyzed all the data we need for now," reads a post to the SETI@home website and forum. "It's a lot of work for us to manage the distributed processing of data. We need to focus on completing the back-end analysis of the results we already have, and writing this up in a scientific journal paper."
    ...
    While SETI@home may be going away, the search for alien intelligence continues to heat up with newer initiatives like Breakthrough Listen. And the platform that powered it, known as BOINC, already underlies a number of other crowd-powered projects that help scientists study everything from climate and molecular biology to the many other mysteries of space.

    The truth is still out there, even if your processor isn't actively helping the search anymore."

    Posted 4 months ago #

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