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'We want to democratise the universe': Artists plan to send your tweets into space (...but will E.T. care about your musings?)


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...lan-send-tweets-space---E-T-care-musings.html

Twitter is a force for both the good and the mundane.

For every useful piece of information, witty statement, or earnest communication, there are a dozen tweets revealing such insights as 'Fell over in the shower today LOLZ'.

Now, in a bid to democratise the universe, two multimedia artists plan to send out all and any tweets into the cosmos, sharing everything with any lurking aliens with an ISP.

All anyone has to do is add the hastag #tweetsinspace to their message, and artists Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern will collect them and forward them on to E.T.

The duo are collecting donations via RocketHub, a creative funding website, to fund the project.

Their aim is to 'build or borrow a high tech communications system that will beam your real time text messages to a planet that can support extraterrestrial life.'

The pair are aiming to raise $8,500 - a surprisingly small amount for such a long-distance, 22 light-year phonecall - and so far have received more than $2,500.

When they have their equipment, the pair will be ready to 'inform extraterrestrial beings of our culture and society' - both the good and the bad.

Asking for pledges, the pair say: 'We will beam Twitter discussions from participants worldwide towards GJ667Cc - an exoplanet 22 light years away that might support earth-like biological life.

'Anyone with an Internet connection can participate during two performance events, which will simultaneously take place online, at the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2012, New Mexico), and in the stars.

'By engaging the millions of voices in the Twitterverse and dispatching them into the larger Universe, Tweets in Space activates a potent discussion about communication and life that traverses beyond our borders or understanding. It is not just a public performance; it performs a public.'

The pair added: 'We will collect all Twitter messages tagged #tweetsinspace and transmit them into the cosmos via either a home-built or borrowed communication system.

'Our soon-to-be alien friends will receive scores of unmediated thoughts and feedback about politics, philosophy, pop culture, dinner, dancing cats and everything in between.

'All tweets will also be streamed to a live public website, where they'll be permanently archived, as well as projected - as animated twitter spaceships towing messages - at the Balloon Museum and planetarium-like digital dome (IAIA), in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

'Tweets in Space asks us to take a closer look at our spectacular need to connect, perform and network with others. It creates a tension between the depth and shallowness of sharing 140 characters at a time with the entire Internet world, in all its complexity, richness and absurdity, by transmitting our passing thoughts and responses to everywhere and nowhere.

'These "twitters" will be stretched across all time and space as a reflection on the contemporary phenomenon of the "status" updates we broadcast, both literal and metaphoric.'

Kildall stated his reasons for the campaign in a video on RocketHub.

He said: 'Previously only elite institutions or rich and powerful individuals could transmit to our alien friends.

'We want to democratise the universe.'
 

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Like Stephen Hawking said, maybe its not such a good idea to be trying to signal extraterrestrial life.

How do we know all life in the universe is as friendly as the human species? (sarcasm intended)

Also, the last thing needed in space is these junk radio waves bouncing around for eternity. The stupidity of mankind never ceases to amaze.
 

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If we broadcast our tweets to the universe, any and all intelligent life will steer clear. It's a genius defense tactic really.
 

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what a load of bollocks lmao lmao lmao lmao thats the most ridiculous thing i've read today (and i've read the article about the 70 year old virgin whose feeling kinky now).
Also, this is so stupid on soo soo many levels fpalm
 

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Shouldn't the title be " We want to prove that there is no intellegent life here"
 

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Like Stephen Hawking said, maybe its not such a good idea to be trying to signal extraterrestrial life.

How do we know all life in the universe is as friendly as the human species? (sarcasm intended)

Also, the last thing needed in space is these junk radio waves bouncing around for eternity. The stupidity of mankind never ceases to amaze.
Exactly. Hypothetically, aliens would treat us just like Europeans treated the Native Americans.
 

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Good thing it's only Twitter, and not Facebook status updates that they're sending into the universe. We might never see an alien if they did that.
 

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Exactly. Hypothetically, aliens would treat us just like Europeans treated the Native Americans.
Not really. The gap is far bigger than that.

I greatly disagree with Hawking on this issue, unless hes trying to simplify things for idiots, it would not be like that scenario

Our concepts of possessions, war, hatred, talking, territory thinking or hell, anything remotely human about us may be completely, ahem, alien to them, because they are not only features distinct to humans, but to earth

If there is any life up there, it will be completely beyond what we can imagine, unlike anything we've ever seen, and evolved in a way unlike anything we have ever seen before. Unless those aliens turn out to be humans who left earth during 3000BC and now came back, we have zero connection, talking or understanding. For all we know, they might see us as ants and not give a fuck, the may demolish the planet to build a highway, they may keep us as pets, or maybe, because we are limited by our thoughts as humans, they will imagine a scenario beyond anything we can imagine.

I dont think people genuinely understand the gap between us and aliens and how enormous it is. i blame hollywood
 

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I agree with Hawking.

If there are aliens out there, while many things would be *ahem* alien, I think it's fair to assume that there would be a lot in common if they're floating around in space.

First you'd have to assume that they grew up on a planet capable of sustaining life. I'm not an astrobiologist but afaik it's impossible for life to exist within space, it would have to be something within the sweet spot of temperature and planetary conditions e.g. Earth or something similar.

Second you'd have to assume that they would be a race that exists on a planet with finite resources. Finite resources breeds competition, which means that generally speaking the strong survive while the weak perish, as has happened on Earth. The strong would understand the need to consolidate resources and take them from the weak. If they've mastered/conquered/depleted their own planet and are in space and seeking prosperity and expansion they would have to know that Earth-like planets are rather rare. Therefore whipping out a galactic megaphone saying 'oh hi we're over here' is quite a dangerous, unwise and quite frankly arrogant thing to do.

However, as humans developed electricity we removed the need for slavery and became more humane. Though the world is still filled with poverty and resources are finite, hence we still have evil running rampant. Maybe the aliens have developed free energy so they no learned to stop being evil, murderous cunts like us. But it's quite dangerous to assume that.

Besides, if they are out there and don't see us as something other than either curious lab rats or food, why wouldn't they try to contact us?
 
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