May 26, 2014 – According to scientists who spoke to the House Science Committee of the U.S. Congress in the last week we are within two decades of discovering intelligent life not from this planet. Senior astronomers associated with SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, an ongoing project since 1984, are of the belief that the discoveries of Goldilocks Zone planets made by Kepler and future space telescopes such as the James Webb will prove once and for all that we are not alone as an intelligent, technologically sophisticated tool making culture. The SETI astronomers also pointed out that life elsewhere, not of the intelligent variety, will certainly be found within that time frame, and probably inside our Solar System. The likely candidates — Mars, and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn. We may even find non-carbon based life on Titan.
This is not the first time SETI scientists have made this observation but it is the first time they boldly stated to members of the U.S. Congress where making “hot air” statements about all kinds of things appears to be the norm. Why such assurance as to state it to the chief lawmakers of America? Technological advancement…pure and simple.
The rate of change in technology and our ability to acquire information is giving folks at SETI confidence to believe after 30 years that we are very close to finding out we are not alone. We have the computing power today, developing artificial intelligence, and through our optical and radio astronomy advances an ability to see more detail and learn more about our galaxy and the Universe. The upward curve of knowledge and technology advancement appears unstoppable. Now if we could only get humanity focused on solving our carbon addiction then we too could truly claim intelligence exists here on Earth in us!