SETI Man Thinks We'll Find Aliens Within 20 Years

By Gary Cutlack on at

One of the key men behind the SETI project thinks that advances in processing power means we're likely to find concrete evidence of alien life within the next 20 years, which will certainly give the Pope something interesting to tweet about.

The claim comes from the SETI Institute's senior astronomer Seth Shostak, who thinks that the sheer power of today's computers means the processing of the noise of the universe for alien radio signals is happening faster and faster. Shostak postulated: "My guess that we'll succeed in the next two decades is based on the fact that with improvements in digital electronics and computers -- which are getting better and cheaper, following Moore's law -- we will be continually sifting through the sky faster."

And NASA and the other space agencies' narrowing down of stars with habitable planets is helping boffins speed up the search, too. [Popular Mechanics via Telegraph]

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