Seth Shostak: ET is (probably) out there -- get ready SETI researcher Seth Shostak bets that we will find extraterrestrial life in the next twenty-four years, or he'll buy you a cup of coffee. At TEDxSanJoseCA, he explains why new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough so likely -- and forecasts how the discovery of civilizations far more advanced than ours might affect us here on Earth. (Filmed at TEDxSanJoseCA.)
In 1963, Ohio State University began the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project. As part of this project they developed The Big Ear radio telescope. On August 15, 1977 The Big Ear telescope recorded a strange narrow band radio burst. The signal was indicative of technological advancement as it stood out distinctly from the background noise of signals from space. Many people have speculated that the signal was sent by an advanced civilization.