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What links UFOs, AI and religious encounters with non-human intelligence

May 22, 2024, 9:30 a.m. • Salon • (7 Minute Read)
The news story explores the intertwining of UFO encounters, artificial intelligence, and religious experiences with non-human intelligence. Author and religious scholar D.W. Pasulka challenges the conventional perception of UFO experiences being solely linked to extraterrestrial visitations, discussing a broader context of encounters with non-human intelligences throughout history. Pasulka emphasizes the transformative nature of UFO encounters and the emergence of new religious movements influenced by these experiences within the context of modern technological infrastructure. The article delves into the implications of these phenomena on spirituality, science, and technology, and discusses potential paradigm shifts and apocalyptic predictions. Pasulka's insights provide a thought-provoking perspective on the evolving relationship between human consciousness, technology, and non-human intelligence.

The Search for Alien Technology May Have Actually Found Something

May 21, 2024, 11:56 a.m. • The Debrief • (3 Minute Read)
In a recent study, astronomers claim to have identified 60 potential candidates for alien technology, including seven M-dwarf stars emitting unusually high infrared heat signatures. These signatures could be indicative of Dyson Spheres, hypothetical megastructures proposed by physicist Freeman Dyson in 1960, designed by advanced civilizations to harness the energy of their host stars. Using data from telescopes such as the ESA's Gaia satellite and the WISE space telescope, researchers relied on advanced algorithms to identify these candidates. While the findings are promising, further observations and analysis are necessary to confirm the presence of alien technology. If confirmed, this discovery would mark the first verifiable signs of life beyond Earth and suggest a civilization more advanced than our own.

Cutting-Edge AI Program "CosmoAgent" Simulates First Contact With Alien Civilizations

May 21, 2024, 11:54 a.m. • The Debrief • (4 Minute Read)
An international team of researchers has developed "CosmoAgent," an innovative AI framework that simulates interactions between humans and extraterrestrial civilizations. The program assesses the potential risks and benefits of peaceful coexistence between different civilizations, modeling various ethical paradigms and decision-making processes. Inspired by the cautionary advice of Dr. Stephen Hawking, the researchers aim to explore the consequences of human policies towards alien life and develop strategies to mitigate risks associated with first contact scenarios. With the release of CosmoAgent's code and datasets, the model could provide a foundation for future studies and aid in forecasting and understanding the distinct characteristics of intelligent alien civilizations. This research marks a pivotal advancement in computational social science, enabling simulations of complex interactions within civilizations and offering a fresh perspective for astronomers and philosophers.

JWST Explores Possible Sign of Alien Life on Exoplanet K2-18 b

May 20, 2024, 6:30 p.m. • Syfy • (4 Minute Read)
In a recent study, doubts have been raised about the detection of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) on the exoplanet K2-18 b by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The planet, located 120 light-years away, has long been of interest due to its potential habitability. Initial readings suggested the presence of DMS, a compound typically produced by living organisms on Earth, hinting at the possibility of alien life. However, a new study from the University of California, Riverside has cast uncertainty on this detection, suggesting that DMS might not accumulate to detectable levels in the planet's hydrogen-based atmosphere. Despite these doubts, researchers maintain that the possibility of biosignatures on K2-18 b remains, and upcoming observations by JWST are still anticipated to provide further insights. As the search for alien life continues, scientists remain eager to uncover more about these distant worlds.

Seven Stars in Our Galaxy Might Be Surrounded by Dyson Spheres

May 20, 2024, 6:23 p.m. • • (2 Minute Read)
New research suggests that seven M dwarf stars in our galaxy might be surrounded by Dyson spheres, hypothetical structures built by advanced civilizations to harness stellar energy. This hypothesis stems from the detection of unusual infrared excess emissions (IEEs) from these stars, which could indicate the presence of such megastructures. While alternative explanations like dust or debris could also account for these patterns, the findings highlight promising targets for further investigation into extraterrestrial technosignatures. Follow-up studies, including spectroscopy, will be crucial to uncover the true nature of these intriguing stars.

The Vatican's UFO links and secrets kept hidden by church for decades

May 20, 2024, 9:55 a.m. • Irish Star • (5 Minute Read)
For decades, the Vatican's clandestine dealings with extraterrestrial beings have remained shrouded in secrecy, with church officials maintaining a steadfast silence on the matter. The clamor for the Vatican to address these allegations intensified last year following revelations from a whistleblower. David Grusch, a former member of the US Air Force, has repeatedly made allegations regarding the US Government's role in obscuring the reality of extraterrestrial life and UFOs. During an interview, Grusch affirmed the Catholic Church's knowledge of "non-human" entities on Earth. When confronted with these assertions, the Vatican remained tight-lipped. Journalist Ross Coulthart suggested the Vatican's involvement in a historical cover-up dating back to 1933, and believes that answers to Grusch's allegations might be found within the Vatican's archives. However, the truth remains concealed.

Alien Energy-Collecting Megastructures May Have Been Detected Around Stars

May 17, 2024, 3:07 p.m. • Newsweek • (3 Minute Read)
The article titled "Alien Energy-Collecting Megastructures May Have Been Detected Around Stars" reports that seven stars in our galaxy may be contained within Dyson spheres, which are hypothesized megastructures built by advanced civilizations to collect energy from stars. These stars, all low-mass M dwarf stars, are located within 1,000 light-years of Earth, as detailed in a new paper published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The research team found evidence of infrared excess emissions (IEEs) in the light from these stars, a potential indication of the existence of Dyson spheres. The study analyzed over 5 million stars and identified seven with IEE signatures, making them likely candidates to host Dyson spheres. However, further research is needed to confirm these findings, as other phenomena could also cause similar infrared signatures. This discovery may lead to increased exploration for signs of advanced civilizations beyond our solar system.

Fact Check: Is Pope Francis Holding 'Aliens' Conference?

May 17, 2024, 1:21 p.m. • Newsweek • (3 Minute Read)
The Vatican sparked speculation this week when it announced a press conference on "supernatural phenomena," prompting questions about the Catholic Church's viewpoint on extraterrestrial life. However, a claim spread on social media about Pope Francis holding a press conference on aliens was found to be false. The Vatican's announcement actually concerned new guidelines for discerning between apparitions and other supernatural phenomena, with no mention of extraterrestrial life. The new guidance urges caution in evaluating supernatural events and addresses the challenges posed by modern communication and social media. Therefore, there is no evidence to suggest that the Vatican's approach to extraterrestrial life is related to the recent announcement.

Vatican to hold press conference on aliens

May 16, 2024, 6:02 p.m. • UnHerd • (4 Minute Read)
The Vatican has announced plans to hold a press conference discussing the discernment of "apparitions and other supernatural phenomena," indicating a newfound openness within the Catholic Church to the possibility of extraterrestrial encounters. The event will feature Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, a close associate of Pope Francis, and will mark the first official discussion of extraterrestrial affairs since 1978. This development comes a decade after Pope Francis expressed his willingness to baptize Martians. The press conference aims to address how the Catholic Church is planning for possible future supernatural encounters, signifying a significant shift in the Church's stance on extraterrestrial life.

Elon Musk reveals plans in place if SpaceX ever encounters aliens

May 15, 2024, 5:58 p.m. • UNILAD • (1 Minute Read)

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, recently spoke at the Global Conference held by the Milken Institute, California, addressing the question of what the company would do if their satellites ever detected signs of extraterrestrial life. Musk stated that although SpaceX has not observed any alien activity yet, if they were to encounter such phenomena, he would immediately share the news on his platform X. Musk emphasized his ambition for mankind to become a multi-planet civilization and to establish a sustainable colony on Mars. Despite recent claims from scientists about identifying potential extraterrestrial life, Musk remains adamant about the absence of evidence of aliens. He further expressed his desire for affordable space travel to allow humans to venture into unexplored territories, with the belief that humanity could ultimately colonize the galaxy if given the chance.

"Don't See Any Evidence": Elon Musk Asserts Aliens Never Visited Earth

May 15, 2024, 4:50 a.m. • NDTV • (2 Minute Read)

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, recently stated that despite operating thousands of broadband spacecraft in low Earth orbit, he has not seen any evidence of extraterrestrial life or UFOs. Speaking at the 2024 Milken Institute Global Conference, Musk expressed his skepticism about aliens visiting Earth and challenged the belief by pointing out the lack of evidence. Although he remains open to the idea if presented with strong evidence, he emphasized the need to focus on ensuring the survival and progress of human civilization in the vast expanse of the universe. Musk's comments have sparked discussions about the existence of alien life and the future of humanity.

A Study Suggests We Found Potential Evidence of Dyson Spheres--and Alien Civilizations

May 14, 2024, 3:52 p.m. • Popular Mechanics • (3 Minute Read)

A recent study has suggested the potential discovery of evidence for Dyson Spheres and alien civilizations. Researchers have analyzed data from star-gazing satellites to develop a framework for discerning false positives or potential natural explanations in the search for technosignatures. The studies found evidence of excess radiation in a handful of stars, consistent with potential Dyson spheres, and unable to be immediately explained as a natural phenomenon. This research, led by scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden and the International School for Advanced Studies in Italy, utilized optical and infrared data from satellites such as Gaia and WISE. The discovery of these compelling candidates has raised the need for further investigation with advanced telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope. Despite these intriguing findings, it's important to thoroughly investigate and rule out all possible natural explanations before jumping to conclusions about potential alien life.

Artificial Superintelligence Could Doom Humanity and Explain We Haven't Found Alien Civilizations, Proposes New ...

May 14, 2024, 12:10 p.m. • The Debrief • (4 Minute Read)

In a recent paper, Dr. Michael Garrett, a professor of radio astronomy at Leiden University, proposes a controversial theory regarding the absence of detectable advanced alien civilizations in the universe. He suggests that the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) and the potential emergence of artificial superintelligence could act as a "Great Filter," drastically reducing the lifespan of technological civilizations to a mere 200 years. This theory, if true, could help explain the Fermi Paradox and raise concerns about the longevity of humanity. Dr. Garrett highlights the urgent need for comprehensive global regulations on AI development to mitigate existential risks and ensure the longevity of civilizations.

SETI and the search for extraterrestrial life | San Marcos Record

May 14, 2024, 5 a.m. • San Marcos Daily Record • (2 Minute Read)

Chenoa Tremblay, a project scientist at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute, recently led a discussion on the search for extraterrestrial life at the Math in Space event at Texas State University. She emphasized the significance of mathematics in this quest, highlighting its crucial role in astronomy and astrophysics. Tremblay also shed light on the work being done with the Commensal Open-Source Multimode Interferometer Cluster on the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, which aims to scan the sky for technosignatures indicative of extraterrestrial intelligence. Despite the vastness of space and the limited search coverage thus far, efforts in the search for extraterrestrial life continue to expand with private funding and collaborations, showing a determined commitment to this ongoing pursuit.

'53 candidates': Dozens of stars exhibit evidence suggesting they may host advanced alien civilizations

May 13, 2024, 9:30 a.m. • Business Today • (1 Minute Read)

Dozens of stars have exhibited evidence suggesting that they may host advanced alien civilizations, according to recent surveys of millions of stars in our galaxy. Mysterious spikes in infrared heat emanating from these stars have prompted speculation about the possibility of Dyson spheres—vast structures proposed to encompass entire stars for harnessing their energy—as potential "technosignatures" hinting at the presence of extraterrestrial life. Two independent teams of astronomers have identified unusual infrared heat patterns among millions of stars, with 53 candidate stars, including sun-like ones, up to 6500 light-years away. However, astronomers caution that other explanations, such as hot debris disks or chance alignments with distant galaxies, cannot be ruled out, and further investigation is needed to confirm the origin of these signals and distinguish between natural and artificial causes.

Nasa questing to find alien life with three 'probe' missions and one will send Dragonfly robot to Saturn's...

May 12, 2024, 3:30 p.m. • The Sun • (4 Minute Read)

Nasa is embarking on three groundbreaking missions in the quest to find evidence of extraterrestrial life in our own solar system. The first mission, Europa Clipper, will send a spacecraft to orbit Jupiter's moon Europa, which is believed to harbor conditions suitable for life. Scheduled to launch in 2024, the spacecraft will not arrive at Europa until April 2030. Following this, Dragonfly, a helicopter-style robotic rotorcraft, will take off for Titan, Saturn's largest moon, in 2028. Dragonfly will explore diverse environments and investigate the moon's potential for hosting life. The third mission, the Rosalind Franklin ExoMars Rover, is a joint project with Russia's Roscosmos and aims to search for signs of past life on Mars. Despite significant delays, Nasa remains committed to uncovering the possibility of alien life within our solar system.

Dozens of stars show signs of hosting advanced alien civilisations

May 10, 2024, 1:43 p.m. • New Scientist • (1 Minute Read)

Dozens of stars in our galaxy are showing signs of potentially hosting advanced alien civilizations, as indicated by mysterious spikes in infrared heat detected by astronomers. Two surveys of millions of stars revealed these anomalies, leading to the hypothesis that these stars could be home to Dyson spheres—structures that capture energy from their stars. While astronomers cannot definitively confirm this as evidence of alien activity, the possibility remains intriguing. First proposed in the 1960s, Dyson spheres are theorized to surround entire stars and absorb their energy, presenting a potential method for advanced alien civilizations to harness energy.

'I don't see any evidence of aliens.' SpaceX's Elon Musk says Starlink satellites have never dodged UFOs

May 9, 2024, 2 p.m. • • (4 Minute Read)

SpaceX's Elon Musk expressed skepticism about the existence of aliens and their visitation to Earth during a panel discussion at the 2024 Milken Institute Global Conference. Musk stated that SpaceX's Starlink satellites, numbering approximately 6,000, have never needed to maneuver around unidentified flying objects (UFOs). He emphasized that despite operating a substantial number of broadband spacecraft in low Earth orbit, he has not encountered any compelling evidence of extraterrestrial life or non-human intelligence-operated craft. Musk also indicated his openness to considering the possibility of alien visitation if there is compelling proof, underscoring the importance of preserving human civilization. Despite Musk's comments, Starlink satellites regularly perform avoidance maneuvers to dodge debris or other spacecraft, as evidenced by SpaceX's reported data to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

AI may be to blame for our failure to make contact with alien civilisations

May 8, 2024, 4:26 p.m. • The Conversation • (3 Minute Read)

Artificial intelligence (AI) may be the reason why we have not yet made contact with alien civilizations, according to a recent research paper published in Acta Astronautica. Michael Garrett, Sir Bernard Lovell chair of Astrophysics and Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, proposes that the development of artificial superintelligence (ASI) could act as a "great filter" that prevents most life forms from evolving into space-faring civilizations. This hypothesis suggests that AI's rapid advancement, potentially leading to ASI, could intersect with a critical phase in a civilization's development - the transition from a single-planet species to a multiplanetary one. The autonomous nature of ASI, which allows it to improve and amplify its own capabilities at a speed that outpaces human evolutionary timelines, poses significant threats. Therefore, Garrett proposes the need for robust regulatory frameworks to guide the development of AI, including military systems, in order to align its evolution with the long-term survival of humanity and to prevent malevolent use of AI on Earth. The implications of this research serve as a wake-up call for humanity to address the potential risks associated with the advancement of AI and to work towards becoming a multiplanetary society as soon as possible.

Did the Webb Telescope Find Alien Life on Exoplanet K2-18b? Here's What We Know

May 8, 2024, 2:49 a.m. • SciTechDaily • (4 Minute Read)

Recently, reports of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) detecting signs of life on the exoplanet K2-18b garnered excitement. However, a study from UC Riverside challenges this finding. While K2-18b exhibits conditions that could support life, the presence of biosignature gases, specifically dimethyl sulfide (DMS), remains uncertain. Although initial data suggested the presence of DMS, the researchers argue that the signal overlaps with methane, making it difficult to confirm the existence of DMS. Nevertheless, the researchers recognize the possibility of DMS accumulating to detectable levels and anticipate the JWST's future use of an instrument better suited for such detections. This study highlights the difficulties of detecting life on distant exoplanets and emphasizes the need for improved detection techniques.