Perhaps they just came up woefully empty in their search here on Earth, but scientists are hunting for intelligent life in outer space – and they plan to begin sending messages to aliens in 2018.
While astronomers have long scanned the stars with radio telescopes, hoping to detect some life form in the great beyond, alien hunters in a network known as Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or METI, are ready to take the search to the next level.
By chatting with aliens, of course.
Douglas Vakoch, president of METI International, is leading a research group that’s determined to send messages to extraterrestrials.
Vakoch’s team has faced opposition from some in the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, community. In February 2015, 28 top SETI scientists published a letter warning of the dangers of reaching out to alien life forms.
“Intentionally signaling other civilizations in the Milky