Seth Shostak

Senior Astronomer and Director
The Center for SETI Research

What He Studies

Galaxies using radio telescopes—but he is best known for directing the search for extraterrestrials at the SETI Institute, trying to find evidence of intelligent life in space.

in the news

Why Should We Search For ET?

Will we find ET in the next 25 years? Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI, says yes. He explains that new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough likely.
— TED Radio Hour


The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

“Most people have an iconic idea of aliens as these biological creatures, but that doesn’t make any sense from a timescale argument,” Seth Shostak said. “I’ve bet dozens of astronomers coffee that if we pick up an alien signal, it’ll be artificial life.”
— Motherboard



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