Silvano P. Colombano, a member of NASA’s Intelligent Systems Division, wrote a paper entitled “New Assumptions to Guide SETI Intelligence, “And presented it at the” Decoding Alien Intelligence Workshop. “In the paper, Colombano asserted:
Recent discoveries due to the Kepler project have identified planetary system as old as 10.4 Gyr (Kepler-10)  and 11.2 Gyr (Kepler-444) . Considering that the age of our solar system is about 4.5 Gyr, earth like the planet could exist that are 6 Gyr, older than our own. Considering further that technological development in our civilization started only about 1
0K years ago and has seen the rise of scientific methodologies only in the past 500 years, we can surmise that we might have a real problem in predicting technological evolution for the next thousand years, let alone 6 million times that amount!
Considering further that technological development in our civilization started only about 10K years ago and has seen the rise of scientific methodologies only in the past 500 years, we can surmise that we might have a real problem in predicting technological evolution for the next thousand years, let alone 6 million times that amount!
In light of these numbers, I think we need to re-visit our most cherished assumptions: Interstellar travel is impossible or highly unlikely … Radio waves continue to be the major form of communication for thousands or millions of years … Intelligent civilizations wo
I simply said the idea that alien civilizations might not be based on carbon life, Columbano stated:
I simply want wijzen op het feit dat de intelligentie die we misschien zouden vinden, en dat zou kunnen kiezen om ons te vinden (als het niet al is) misschien niet altijd door koolstofgebaseerde organismen zoals ons worden geproduceerd. How might that change the assumptions about interstellar travel? Our typical life-span would not be a limitation, though the size of the explorer might be that of an extremely tiny super-intelligent entity. And how might this change our assumptions about openliness or desire to communicate with other civilizations?
Columbano posited that it was well within the limits of reason to speculate that alien life had visited earth, writing:
It seems to me that SETI has ignored (at least officially) the potential relevance of UFO phenomena for three reasons: 1) The assumption of extremely low likelihood of interstellar travel, 2) The very high likelihood of hoaxes, mistaken perceptions or even psychotic events in UFO phenomena, and 3) The general avoidance of the subject by the scientific community.
I think the approach the scientific community could take, instead, is very similar to what SETI has done so far: find the signal in the noise. In de zeer grote hoeveelheid van “noise” in UFO-rapportage kunnen er echter signalen zijn die signalen die niet kunnen worden verklaard of ontkend. Hvis vi vedtager et nyt sæt af antagelser om hvilke former for højere intelligens og teknologi vi måske finder, kan nogle af disse fænomen være specifikke hypoteser, og vi kunne starte nogle alvorlige forespørsler.