Alien Contact: What Happens Next?

  • Published on: 18 May 2019
  • Are we alone in this vast universe? Some think that’s highly unlikely. With new technologies joining the search, NASA estimates we’ll find definitive evidence of aliens within 20 to 30 years. Which raises the vital question: And then what? Will the news inspire jubilation, despair, or fear? Will aliens be seen as gods or interlopers? Evidence of alien life will provoke fundamental questions about our place in the universe–not just about who they are, but also who we are. Join astronomers, astrobiologists, anthropologists, philosophers, and linguists as we ponder these issues.

    PARTICIPANTS: Kathryn Denning, David Kipping, Karen Lewis, and Marcelo Magnasco

    MODERATOR: Wendy Zukerman


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    00:00 - Participant intros
    1:50 - How are scientists searching for intelligent life?
    5:10 - Sending messages into space
    6:59 - What kind of alien signal are we likely to detect?
    9:00 - Would we be able to interpret an alien signal?
    13:44 - What is the closest that intelligent life could be to Earth?
    16:25 - How would we know if far away transmitting civilizations still exist?
    20:00 - How well can we communicate with dolphins?
    24:19 - Dolphin research film
    26:27 - Understanding dolphins vs. understanding aliens
    28:44 - What are the steps to understand an alien language?
    38:02 - What happens on earth after we contact alien life?
    44:40 - "War of the Worlds" broadcast controversy and damage
    46:40 - Will the discovery of aliens unite humanity?
    50:39 - What if we’re alone in the universe?
    53:10 - Could AI help us find aliens?
    54:20 - Using our children to bridge languages and species


    - Produced by John Plummer
    - Associate Produced by Laura Dattaro

    This program was recorded live 6/3/18 at the World Science Festival and has been edited and condensed for YouTube.
  • Runtime : 1:11
  • Alien Contact Space NASA SETI World Science Festival 2018 New York City Astrobiology Institute astronomy Frank Drake radio signals from space Do Aliens Exist? How to communicate with Aliens? Dyson Sphere Dolphin communication stars planets exoplanets METI Institute intelligent life Carl Sagan communication system Arecibo Message UFO War of the Worlds message from space Kathryn Denning David Kipping Karen Lewis Marcelo Magnasco


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  • zetsetgo
    zetsetgo   21 hours ago

    You give a baby to aliens, even if it could learn their communication ways, he/she would be just as much as good as communicating back with us as aliens would be. 😂

  • Steve Fioco
    Steve Fioco   1 days ago

    You're so stupid you didn't even know there was other planets out there around other stars until you could see it for yourself hello

  • Steve Fioco
    Steve Fioco   1 days ago

    Like watching The Three Stooges😅😆🤣😂

  • Steve Fioco
    Steve Fioco   1 days ago

    It's in every ancient writing around the world look at the technology they must have when they built all the megaliths around the world how stupid can you be freaking pathetic losers you don't know it exists you're a moron

  • Steve Fioco
    Steve Fioco   1 days ago

    You know there's two things that make this world a shity place the creepy evil motherfukers that pull all their bulshit and the brainless idiots that are clueless

  • Steve Fioco
    Steve Fioco   1 days ago

    Oh my God what a crock of shit they've been coming around here forever dumbasses now it's just a scare tactic everybody be afraid be afraid run and hide if there is any kind of attack it won't be aliens it'll be humans pretending idiots

  • Madeleine Deburgh
    Madeleine Deburgh   3 days ago

    The day humans start communication with aliens and they decided to land on earth that day will be the beginning of the end. Think about it ..

  • airplane800
    airplane800   5 days ago

    We were already contacted. The Bible talks about “clouds” going up and down with people going in and out (Exodus 24:18 - Moses entered the cloud). Clouds do not make those movements described in the Bible, but spaceships do. Jesus ascended in a “cloud” (Acts 1:9). God rides in a “cloud” (Isaiah 19:1, Psalm 104:3). Jesus will come back “with” the “clouds” (Mat 26:64, Rev 1:7). Jesus will come back commanding a fleet of starships. The church will be raptured “in” the “clouds” (I Thess. 4:17). Spaceships will be used to rapture the church. The ancient did not have vocabulary or knowledge to understand what they saw so they called the flying objects “clouds”, “chariots”, and “pillars”, because were the words they had to describe something flying in the sky. The Bible even tells in Psalm 68:17 how many spaceships are in the fleet “The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands” (about 20,000). There is a good research done by Patrick Cooke called “The Great Deception – The Bible UFO Connection” which has the original words describing spaceships. It is all over the Bible. Jesus is real. He is the savior of the world, but He is not seating in a puffy cloud. He is commanding a powerful army, which will take control of our planet and stop all wars. The Jews had contact with beings from another planetary system called The Elohim, commanded by The Most High God. The Elohim had to have a special covenant with humans to be able to save our planet from destruction. They got the agreement with the Jews, but the Jews were not faithful to the agreement so The Most High God sent Jesus to make a new covenant and have legal rights to save our planet from destruction. The Jews made a covenant with beings from another planetary system. Psalm 82:1-6 says that God presides over a great assembly. Something like a federation of planets. If you want to confirm what I am saying just look at a painting made in 1710 by someone that had access to the secret archives of the Vatican. Look at the paint " The Baptism of Christ" by Aert de Gelder. Now that we know more about science, we can understand the descriptions in the Bible. They described high technology but didn't have words to express. When they saw spaceships with strong lights they called "glory”. The "glory" of God was a spaceship with lights. In the interplanetary law the price to save us was innocent blood. That is why Jesus had to die for us. He was fulfilling a legal requirement.

  • Chronicles of 3 & Me

    I had a ufo close to my apts behind a the top of the tree but it showed me the letter A Lots and lots of symbols. They are there every night.

  • Steve Crossan
    Steve Crossan   6 days ago

    These scientists are useless 😒 go get funding elsewhere... people are homeless.. and you fill of shote

  • Steve Crossan
    Steve Crossan   6 days ago

    Hahaha give it a baby then makke ot understand well played

  • Steve Crossan
    Steve Crossan   6 days ago

    If aliens did visit us... they wont need math

  • James James
    James James   1 weeks ago

    I' always wanted to be with a Alien women I'm betting your fun and talented

  • Arcady S
    Arcady S   2 weeks ago

    Yes and they could be aggressive and turn us all into food or fertiliser.. it’s actually a dangerous subject.. And needs to be cautiously approached.

  • Parrish Investigations

    You can't gauge the supernatural. These beings have been here for thousands of years. They are not what you think they are....

  • Jack Snow
    Jack Snow   3 weeks ago

    400 years for a society. then it gets to cold and they all stop existing.

  • Amy Senquiz
    Amy Senquiz   1 months ago

    Why does everyone think aliens are so smart?Can't there be dumb aliens?

  • Charles Thomas
    Charles Thomas   1 months ago

    Greetings---Earthlings. Where are your women in black!!!

  • Joe Framo
    Joe Framo   1 months ago

    It is such a eerie feeling you can't yell for help your mind's racing and many miles an hour but there's nothing anyone can do you have to submit to their wishes all they want to do is to see what makes you tick and what You're made of that's all they are not hostile if they were they would have taken over our planet these are ancestors just coming to check on us 🙏👍💕

  • Paul Jacobs
    Paul Jacobs   1 months ago

    The panel here seem to base their thoughts around the idea of communication being mostly limited/mitigated as a distant concept. I feel that thinking well out of the box is key here. I would imagine an advanced alien, if wishing to 'connect' with us would be capable of a mode that considered our (Man's) limitations. To consider a near proximity mode of communication would seem logical. It would be highly probable that an advanced alien species would be already monitoring/appraising us right here on Earth, even reaching out to us using familiar symbols/ math/geometry etc. as opposed to radio frequencies. By using something we can relate to like patterns on the ground, or even temporary structures like the so called monoliths there would be an immediate result. Crop circles and monoliths have thus far been dissed-off by the media with officials rarely adding any credence to them. Perhaps they know more than we do and feel not wise to share with us the stupid public. Remember, Rendlesham Forest UFO 1980 actually happened! Carl Sagan's Arecibo 'postcard' transmission in 1974 had a reply in the form of an informative crop pattern in 2001 next to the Chilbolton Observatory in Hampshire. It would seem ET is alive and well if you do the research!

  • Alex Ogierman
    Alex Ogierman   1 months ago

    Dolphins are more intelligent than us like most Animals on this Planet. We are Bad people religion and hatered that is sad

  • Alex Ogierman
    Alex Ogierman   1 months ago

    We are not alone don't no if i.m scared but wish one day I could say hello my friends.x

  • Jose Passarinho
    Jose Passarinho   1 months ago

    Well...theres really only one reason to ""invade"". Once baboon humanity started playing with nukes, steps where/are taken to preserve our species. This means/ment abducting various ppl (alas...) harvest their reproductive material and combine it/tweeke it, in order to have a potential human species able to exist on other Planets, with different ecosystens. Its been done before. We are too important to perish in baboon nuclear wars.

  • punt 002
    punt 002   1 months ago

    I wonder how people would react if an alien craft actually did land on earth, in North Korea. And refused to talk to anyone else except the leaders of North Korea. Would the rest of the world be annoyed?

  • Elizabeth Norris
    Elizabeth Norris   2 months ago

    Unacknowledged is a documentary on YouTube and it's an extremely credible source of mind blowing facts on this subject

  • Jon Talkasquan
    Jon Talkasquan   2 months ago

    They're already here. They've been here way before humankind.

  • Paul E. Bailey
    Paul E. Bailey   2 months ago

    "Contact" the movie presumed THE common language would be math.When gross morphology or even basic chemical structural physicality might be very different, math may not be common between us and an alien species,.Rather, an unavoidable commonality will be means of being in, or manipulating cosmic law.When we can say we have a language that refers to cosmic law, we can start translation. Consider another first contact film: "Arrival "

    SPACE ANGEL   2 months ago

    Space aliens are alredy here ! ....They live under they oceans , they own the skys , no need to look for them in the stars ; I have seen their crafts flying but not their ocupants , could be piloted by artificial inteligens.....greatings from Venezuela !

  • randomness
    randomness   2 months ago

    Smart dumb person, "like a walking fart". Way to drop the level of the convo with your stupid joke.

  • Charles Worthington
    Charles Worthington   2 months ago

    i know that there are aliens.The cosmos is teaming with intelligent beings. The one thing that would love to happen is when the masses know the true reality about this as well and not just the few that know. i think it is ones birth right to know anything and everything ones hart desires. i hate secrets and lies..

  • Charles Worthington
    Charles Worthington   2 months ago

    Maybe we should send a million i phones and android cell phones out there so E.T can phone home

  • Fluffy bunnyslippers
    Fluffy bunnyslippers   2 months ago

    I think there is one important fact most people, even the best educated of us completely miss. In the grand scheme of things WE are the "orc's" WE are the "klingon's"Why the hell would anyone want to poke this violent "ant's nest"?On another note, My dog,(see avatar) understands a large % what is said around her, to the point we have to be careful using certain words like walk, ride and eat.It is also important to note, Dogs can often understand several human languages. They also understand hand signals and other visual cue's.

  • Richard Garrett
    Richard Garrett   2 months ago

    I assume these people are professionals but aren't comfortable talking in public. How else to explain how dumb the questions and answers are, full of giggles and the attitude that the audience is kindergarten children?Marcelo Magnasco is the only adult here who isn't giggling, is rational, appropriately skeptical, scientific.

  • Walt Howard
    Walt Howard   2 months ago

    Um, pictures? As whacky as that, "let a human baby live with them and pick up their language" idea sounds, I think it's a good idea of several. We're not limited to only using one method.

  • Alan Arqueza
    Alan Arqueza   2 months ago

    Perhaps Dolphins know you are pointing by mind to mind electromagnetic telepathy or precognition.