Monday, June 08, 2009

Filed under the annals of corny project ideas...

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has an interesting project underway: “If we discover intelligent life beyond Earth, should we reply, and if so, what should we say?” People are invited to submit pictures, sounds, and messages that they would want to send to distant worlds.

People seem to have some interesting things to say. Some selections...

  • Word Up, Yo? 
  • First, sorry about all the probing gags. We are a repressed species. Second, We really don't want to rule the Universe. I mean, take a close look at our history. We make a lot of noise, push each other around, take control of an area; then lose interest and allow it to drift away. We have very little long term commitment. How much actual harm could we really do out there.Third, we are really fun at parties. 
  • "Would you like a cup of tea?" The aliens will have traveled a long way, and it's only good hospitality to offer them a brew, and maybe some cake, or biscuits..
  • Please enter your messages after the beeb *beeb* 
  • Use a LED or a laser or any light source to transmit a prime numbers sequence in binary code. Send the first 10 prime numbers, then repeat the sequence all over again. Do this acoustically also, with tones selected from different frequency interval (20 Hz, 200 Hz, 2 KHz and 20 KHz). 
  • Hello can you please acknowledge this transmitted data? If not, we've just wasted thousands of tax payers dollars on nothing.

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