Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has joined a Russian billionaire to launch a major new effort to listen for aliens in search for extraterrestrial life.
Hawking has offered his support to tech entrepreneur Yuri Milner’s breakthrough initiatives project – a $100 million quest to see if extraterrestrial intelligence exists.
As well as using some of the world’s most powerful telescopes, the Breakthrough Listen project will support SETIΓåòhome, a University of California, Berkeley computing platform. The project will harness computer power, having 9 million volunteers working in tandem by donating spare computing power to a worldwide network, scanning the skies and looking for life — creating one of the biggest supercomputers in the world.
The researchers say the focused computing power and the use of some of the world’s most powerful telescopes will allow them to collect in one day the same amount of data that would have taken one year to collect before the program began.
Is this money well spent? Do you really want to know if extraterrestrial life exists?
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