Ultra rich entrepreneur Yuri Milner plans to invest $100-million dollars over the next ten years in a search for alien life through a program called Breakthrough Initiatives. Stephen Hawking and astrophysicist Lord Martin Rees are also on board, but more in a scientific way than a paying for it way.
"The idea is to bring the Silicon Valley approach to the search," said Milner at an event announcing the program at the Royal Society in London. "That means an approach to data that is transparent, that is innovative, and that uses the problem-solving power of social networks."
Faster and more comprehensive than previous searches, Breakthrough Listen will be able to gather more data in a single day than any previous search gathered in an entire year, according to Milner. Its scope will include a million nearby stars, the galactic center, 100 nearby galaxies and the entire plane of the Milky Way.
All the data collected will be open to the public, and the hardware and open-source software will be compatible with telescopes around the world so other countries and researchers can join the search.
Heck yeah, aliens. So what are we going to do once we find some? Because my suggestion is pretend we didn't find any and go on with our lives. Making contact with aliens is like opening a can of worms. Particularly if those aliens have tentacles and don't want to end up speared on the end of a fishing hook. Besides, if anybody should be the first person to make contact with aliens it should be me. We speak the same language. "You just told them to blow up the planet." Our language is death and destruction.
Thanks to DaveL and CADDICTED, who were hoping there was going to be a cash reward for finding an alien so they could hoax their way into some cash.