New message from scientists for “extraterrestrials”

Becky Ferreira

The science magazine Scientific American reported that scientists have developed a new message that can be teleported to intelligent extraterrestrials that may exist in the Milky Way. Dubbed the “Beacon in the Galaxy” (BITG), the space note is the latest in attempts to make contact with other life since a 1974 message to an Arecibo Telescope star cluster in Puerto Rico.

Signaling message at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory [JPL] It was designed by Jonathan Jiang, a fellow scientist, and his colleagues who published their motivations and methodologies in a study shared on the preprint site Arxiv. Preprints are not peer reviewed.


In the article they published, Jiang and his colleagues wrote, “The prepared message includes information about the biochemical composition of life on Earth, as well as basic mathematical and physical concepts to create a universal communication tool. , the temporal position of the Sun. “A system relating to known globular star clusters in the Milky Way and the Solar System. It contains digitized information such as representations of the Earth’s surface,” he said. “The message ends with digitized images of the human form and a call that invites any receptive intelligence to respond,” the research team adds.

Since we have no idea how intelligent extraterrestrials can communicate or even if they even exist, it’s hard to imagine a language that could be “universal” because there is no more appropriate term. . By writing BITG in binary, Jiang and his colleagues chose to follow a path similar to many previous interstellar messages. The beacon can be delivered to a region of our galaxy most likely to support life via the 500-meter-wide aperture spherical radio telescope in China and the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array in California.

“The mathematical concept from the human point of view is ETI. [Dünya Dışı Zeka] “The binary system is the simplest form of mathematics because it involves two opposite states: zero or one, yes or no, black or white, ground or void. Therefore, the binary transmission of the code will probably be understandable to all ETIs and forms the basis of the BITG message.


Humans have sent many messages to extraterrestrials over the years, including Gold Records like BITG, which featured images of the naked human form sent aboard NASA’s Voyager research satellites. However, attempts to come into contact with an alien species are not without controversy. Some experts warn that broadcasting Earth’s position across the galaxy could be an invitation for a potentially hostile species to wreak havoc on our world. Jiang and his colleagues recognize that this risk exists; On the other hand, they argue that any alien species capable of deciphering the BITG message is likely to be an aggressive invader.

“Logic suggests that a species that has reached enough complexity to make contact with the cosmos may have reached a high level of cooperation in itself and would therefore be aware of the importance of peace and cooperation,” notes the research team. Jiang and his colleagues emphasize our own human history as a communicative species to support new attempts to connect with other intelligent beings that may exist in the galaxy.

“Ever since the first light vibration appeared in the primitive minds of the distant ancestors of modern man about a hundred thousand generations ago, we have been trying to communicate,” say the researchers. The sky above us now is not much different from what lay just above the African horizon two million years ago; He invites us to pursue our hardest efforts with renewed faith and better means for the answers we instinctively seek.”

The original article was taken from the Vice site. (Translated by Tarkan Tufan)

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