SETI: Scientists Develop ‘Alien Contact Protocol’

Humanity might not “speak extraterrestrial.” The SETI Post-Detection Hub wants to coordinate how we respond to alien life.


What happens when humanity’s biggest sci-fi dream comes true and intelligent extraterrestrial life makes contact with Earth? A group of scientists is formally working on answering that complicated question. Recently, the University of St. Andrews in the UK announced a new research hub that will bring together an international team of experts to help prepare humanity for alien contact. The SETI Post-Detection Hub will develop a framework for “impact assessments, protocols, procedures and treaties designed to allow humanity to respond responsibly” should we detect intelligent life from beyond our planet. SETI is short for “Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.” 


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