Scientists and SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) enthusiasts are speculating on the possible presence of an alien super-civilization around the star KIC 8462852, located in the constellation Cygnus at approximately 1,481 light years from the Earth. Now, SETI scientists have started using the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) to hunt for signals from the star, Space.com reports.
A distant star whose observed brightness fluctuates in ways that are difficult to explain has scientists and SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) enthusiasts openly talking about a possible artificial origin of the star’s luminosity fluctuations. The data are compatible with the possible presence of an alien super-civilization around the star KIC 8462852, located in the constellation Cygnus at approximately 1,481 light years from the Earth.
The NASA Dawn space probe has been going around Ceres for a few months, in closer and closer orbits, and scientists are nowhere close to understanding some of the features seen in the images sent back to Earth. New puzzling features keep surfacing as higher resolution images are taken and transmitted to the baffled researchers.
In the paper “Alien Minds“, written for a forthcoming NASA publication, Susan Schneider, a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut and IEET Fellow, describes why alien life forms are likely to be superintelligent machines, and how such creatures might think, Motherboard reports.
It’s likely [intelligent aliens] won’t be biological creatures at all, but rather, advanced robots that outstrip our intelligence in every conceivable way.
In all likelihood, [their] intelligence will be way more sophisticated than anything humans can understand.
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