Monday, April 8, 2019

SETI Phone Home: Harnessing AI in Search of Aliens

We’ve all read the science fiction, we’ve wondered about  suspicious objects in the sky, and we’ve even speculated over mysterious crop circles. But we still don’t know what’s out there. Gerry Zhang, a graduate researcher at the Berkeley SETI Research Center, at the University of California, Berkeley, is working to detect signs of extraterrestrials through radio frequencies using artificial intelligence.

“The idea is that if there are advanced civilizations out there, they could be sending us signals, either intentionally or unintentionally. And we could try to detect them,” said Zhang in a conversation with AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz. The Berkeley SETI team collaborates with the Breakthrough Listen Initiative, a Breakthrough Initiatives program dedicated to searching for evidence of intelligent life across over 1,000,000 stars and 100 galaxies. SETI stands for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.