A SETI metapolicy: New directions towards comprehensive policies concerning the detection of extraterrestrial intelligence

Stephen Baxter*, John Elliott

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

At present we have only one agreed public policy for handling the detection of an extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI), the 'First SETI Protocol' of 1989, which guides action in the immediate aftermath of detection, even though SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) constitutes an active search for such a detection. The purpose of this paper is to set out areas in which policies might fruitfully be developed, including reviewing the rationale and investment in SETI, handling ETI artefacts, and approaches to direct contact. 'Negative' possibilities will be examined, for example, whether an ETI artefact or data should be purposefully destroyed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalActa Astronautica
Volume78
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012

Keywords

  • Active SETI
  • Diplomacy
  • Extraterrestrial intelligence
  • Post-detection
  • Risk analysis
  • SETI
  • SETI protocols

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