Member of the Seti Institute revealed that quest for alien life could have shattering results for the humanity.
Jill Tarter said: “If they showed up on our doorstep, that means they have technologies that are considerably advanced with respect to ours. “And because of that, they’re going to be the ones that set the rules.”
She suggests that scientists can only use the technology that is currently available to search for aliens, but that ET might not be on the same wavelength – literally.
Seti uses radio signals to scan the universe in the hope that they will get a response from another civilisation in the galaxy and beyond, who has picked up their broadcast.
Tarter says: “We may not have invented the right way to do this yet.”
“We’re looking for something that modifies its environment in ways that we could recognise in the vast distances between the stars.”
Tarter also explains that Seti might not have contacted aliens yet simply because the universe is so vast, and that it would take a long time to scan all of it.
Furthermore, aliens might not even exist yet, according to a recent scientific study.
Scientists from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore found that just eight per cent of planets that would be capable of hosting life have been formed so far.
After studying data collected by Nasa’s Hubble Telescope and the Kepler, scientists were able to determine the remaining material from the Big Bang that could create habitable planets and found that there is 92 per cent of said material.
There are an estimated 100 billion more galaxies in the universe, and it is expected that the last star that the universe creates will not be formed for another 100 trillion years.