ET Signals from the Milky Way --"We've Missed Signals We Were Totally Unaware Of" (VIEW Today's "Galaxy" Stream)17 Feb 2017, 15:04 UTC
"Do you think that we've missed signals along the way?" SyFyWire's Don Kaye asked SETI Institute's chief astronomer, Seth Shostak during a recent interview. "That we're totally unaware of. That there are possibly signals that are being transmitted in such a way that we're too primitive to pick them up?
"Well, I don't know if we're too primitive," Shostak answered, "but I agree with you. I'm sure we've missed signals. I'm sure there's signals coming from somebody that we're totally unaware of because we're not aiming the big antenna in the right direction, tuned to the right frequency, and all that sort of stuff. I mean we can easily miss that. The universe is 13 billion years old, right? There's been plenty of time for intelligence to pop up on lots and lots of worlds out there, and there's lot of them that are older than the Earth, so they may have a tremendous head start. So yeah, I'm sure we've missed a lot of clues."
Shostak was then asked if he thinks it's feasible at all that we could be alone, or are the odds are just against it. "I think the odds are against it. I ...