I am happy, grateful to consider the idea of an alien contact outside of the earth’s sphere, verified through science, as a thought exercise. I wanted to start with what might be the first, initial reaction on an individual level and then fan out to larger, global implications. This brief essay is a compliment to my live presentation/workshop that can be found online via this project and the SETI Institute.
A collection of images prompted by digital creator Szymon Karpierz, using AI and inspired by the decoding process of A Sign in Space.
Italo Calvino in ‘A Sign in Space’ describes a godly alien named Qfwfq, who creates the first of all signs — a giant glyph installed beyond the edge of the Milky Way in order to mark a starting position for the rotary cycle of the galaxy, thereby giving this point a signature.
Space is supposed to be silent, so it comes as a shock to learn how noisy it is out there. Before we even get to the prospect of listening to extra-terrestrial intelligence, we have to admit the sheer volume of the universe. Radio astronomy as a field and practice is less than a century old, […]