"Whether we concede it or not, humanity longs for its cosmic significant other," Ross Pomeroy points out in today's lesson.
In many ways, the search for extraterrestrial life is a lot like the early stages of dating. And yet, while we might not be able to answer the question of "will he or won't he call," Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), is betting that we'll find out soon. He predicts that we'll hear from E.T. in the next 25 years.
Why is Shostak so confident?
"SETI's speed doubles, on average, every 18 months, because we use digital electronics that obey Moore's Law. This trend will continue for at least another couple of decades."