Tech Women Evening Program: Are We Alone? - the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence



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     Topic: Are We Alone? - The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)

    Aliens abound on the movie screens, but in reality we are still trying to find out if we share our universe with other sentient creatures.  Intelligence is very difficult to define, and impossible to directly detect over interstellar distances.  Therefore, SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, is actually an attempt to detect evidence of another distant technology.  If we find such evidence, we will infer the existence of intelligent technologists.  For the past 50 years, the SETI community has had a very pragmatic definition of intelligence — the ability to build large transmitters!  The majority of SETI searches to date have looked for radio signals coming from distant civilizations. We’ve recently begun looking for very short optical pulses as well.  As our own technology matures and innovates, we may try other means of searching, and we will certainly improve upon the searches that we are already conducting. 

    Guiseppi Cocconi and Philip Morrison ended their 1959 seminal paper on SETI with the statement, “The probability of success is difficult to estimate; but if we never search, the chance of success is zero.”  This remains true today!  At the SETI Institute we are trying to get the whole world actively involved in the search; in addition to donating their spare CPU cycles, we want to enlist Earthlings’ minds and eyes as pattern recognition tools and, for those who are technically proficient, their skills at signal processing and code development to improve and expand the searching we can do.  

    The Institute comprises 3 centers, the Center for SETI Research, the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and the Center for Education and Public Outreach.

    4030 George Sellon Circle
    SCA03 Auditorium
    Santa Clara, CA 95054

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    $10 for SDForum Members
    $25 for Non-Members
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    Tech Women's Program


    6:00 - 7:00 p.m Registration, Heavy Appetizers &; Networking

    7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Program / Q &; A