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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Contacting aliens ( ...and humans) the right way: METI Protocol

title: "Scientists: We're Going About Contacting Aliens the Wrong Way"
from: www.cbsnews.com
published: February 4, 2011

"If extraterrestrial life forms exist somewhere in the universe, then we're not getting through. When it comes to getting responses from messages sent into outer space, humanity remains 0 for 4. So far. music, pictures, drawings - nothing's garnered a response. But now a team of scientists, perhaps borrowing from the movie "Cool Hand Luke," is offering an explanation for our failure to communicate.
In a paper published in the journal Space Policy, a trio of researchers argues that future messages sent to extraterrestrial intelligence should follow a specific protocol. Humans began sending messages into space, starting in 1994 with transmission sent using the Arecibo radio telescope to a star cluster 25,000 light years from Earth.
The scientists - Dimitra Atri from the University of Kansas, Julia DeMarines from the International Space University in France, and Jacob Haqq-Misra from Pennsylvania State University - contend that as the broadcasts became more complex and the types of content increased, the absence of an established protocol "has produced unorganized or cryptic messages that could be difficult to interpret."
They make the case that any future messaging protocol for messaging to extraterrestrial intelligence should account for a myriad of attributes, such as signal encoding, message length, and information content.
In their paper, the authors say that after being developed, the protocol would be disseminated for testing on humans around the world, cutting across cultural boundaries. "An effective message to extraterrestrials should at least be understandable by humans, and releasing the protocol for testing will allow us to improve the protocol and develop potential messages," they write. "Through an interactive website, users across the world will be able to create and exchange messages that follow the protocol in order to discover the types of messages better suited for cross-cultural communication." "


Title: "A Protocol for Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligence"
from: arxiv.org
published: 2 Feb 2011


"Messaging to extraterrestrial intelligence (METI) is a branch of study concerned with constructing and broadcasting a message toward habitable planets. Since the Arecibo message of 1974, the handful of METI broadcasts have increased in content and complexity, but the lack of an established protocol has produced unorganized or cryptic messages that could be difficult to interpret. Here we outline the development of a self-consistent protocol for messaging to extraterrestrial intelligence that provides constraints and guidelines for the construction of a message in order to maximize the probability that the message effectively communicates. A METI protocol considers several factors including signal encoding, message length, information content, anthropocentrism, transmission method, and transmission periodicity. Once developed, the protocol will be released for testing on different human groups worldwide and across cultural boundaries. An effective message to extraterrestrials should at least be understandable by humans, and releasing the protocol for testing will allow us to improve the protocol and develop potential messages. Through an interactive website, users across the world will be able to create and exchange messages that follow the protocol in order to discover the types of messages better suited for cross-cultural communication. The development of a METI protocol will serve to improve the quality of messages to extraterrestrials, foster international collaboration, and extend astrobiology outreach to the public."

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