Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Jill Tarter's Wish to Crowd Source the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Cool stuff! Astronomer Jill Tarter, the director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute, delivers news that's bad to some but exciting to others via TED.com and posted at CNN. Humans should understand that they are not the pinnacle of evolution, she says.


In 2009, when TED awarded me its TED prize and the opportunity to make a wish to change the world - -a wish they would help me fulfil l -- I thought of a mirror. It is the mirror that we hold up to the planet in our scientific search for the answer to the ancient question, 'Are we alone?' It is the mirror in which all humans can see themselves as the same, when compared to the extraterrestrial other. It's the mirror that allows us to alter our daily perspectives and see ourselves in a more cosmic setting. It is the mirror that reminds us of our common origins in stardust.

TED and technology are helping me and my team hold up that mirror to all inhabitants of this planet so that we can see our reflection as Earthlings. I told TED that "I wish that you would empower Earthlings everywhere to become active participants in the ultimate search for cosmic company." (Read)
It sounds like SETI is crowd-sourcing the search of extraterrestrial life in the universe.

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