In a report from The Gateway Pundit, NASA in concert with a group of scientists is trying to make contact with alien life forms. Among the information that this group will project into outer space will be a cartoon depiction of a nude male and female body.
The information comes from a March 30th report from Scientific American dubbed “Researchers Made a New Message for Extraterrestrials,” where the efforts of Jonathan Jiang of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and his team of researchers are laid out.
It was in 1974 with the Arecibo message that the first-ever attempt was made to try and contact other forms of intelligent life in outer space, which consisted of binary code totaling up to 1,679 bits of data that when translated would illustrate rudimentary depictions of various objects and that of the human lifeform.
With the 50th anniversary of this first broadcasted message into space approaching, Jiang and his researchers opted to craft, “An updated, binary-coded message…for transmission to extraterrestrial intelligences in the Milky Way galaxy.”
According to the information contained in the arXiv.org detailing of the endeavor, the updated Arecibo message will include, “basic mathematical and physical concepts to establish a universal means of communication followed by information on the biochemical composition of life on Earth, the Solar System’s time-stamped position in the Milky Way relative to known globular clusters, as well as digitized depictions of the Solar System, and Earth’s surface.”
On top of the aforementioned, the very rudimentary depictions of human lifeform are also getting a graphical – and nude – update, “along with an invitation for any receiving intelligences to respond.”
When speaking about the effort, Jiang stated, “The motivation for the design was to deliver the maximum amount of information about our society and the human species in the minimal amount of message. With improvements in digital technology, we can do much better than the [Arecibo message] in 1974.”
Of course, therein lies the conundrum of even if intelligent life beyond our planet receives the message, will the recipients be able to understand the encoded message considering obvious language barriers?
Well, that area has been addressed as well.
While spoken/written language – to include how numbers are depicted here on Earth – will undoubtedly vary from beyond this planet, but the concept of numbers themselves is ostensibly universal.
This team of researchers figures that if a species capable of intercepting these messages via a radio telescope crops up, then there is undoubtedly some form/system of counting/numbering practiced by said species. Thus, the group opted to encode the communication as a bitmap, which is “a way to use binary code to create a pixelated image.”
Douglas Vakoch, who serves as the president of Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, stated that “One of the key ideas is that, because vision has evolved independently many times on Earth, that means aliens will have it, too.”
Vakoch added, “But that’s a big ‘if,’ and even if they can see, there is so much culture embedded in the way we represent objects. Does that mean we should rule out pictures? Absolutely not. It means we should not naively assume that our representations are going to be intelligible.”