20200213, 02:26  #3774  
Undefined
"The unspeakable one"
Jun 2006
My evil lair
15FD_{16} Posts 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHr3yLWMVU 

20200213, 17:05  #3775  
Feb 2017
Nowhere
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20200214, 06:57  #3776  
Romulan Interpreter
Jun 2011
Thailand
5·11·157 Posts 
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edit: after a search Last fiddled with by LaurV on 20200214 at 07:06 

20200303, 12:38  #3777 
"Mike"
Aug 2002
16675_{8} Posts 

20200305, 03:00  #3778  
∂^{2}ω=0
Sep 2002
República de California
11,423 Posts 
SETI@home Search for Alien Life Project Shuts Down After 21 Years  Bleeping Computer
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20200305, 09:07  #3779 
Dec 2012
The Netherlands
2^{4}×89 Posts 
Have we already suggested that they recommend GIMPS instead?

20200305, 19:49  #3780 
∂^{2}ω=0
Sep 2002
República de California
26237_{8} Posts 
I've long argued that under the assumption that we are far from alone in the universe, and the further reasonable surmise that not all those advanced alien races are friendly, GIMPS is clearly the most important DC project on earth. We know that even if we are not alone, that exchanging data between populated planetary systems is a very fraught thing, you really need to make the most of every bit in conveying info about yourself. So what is the most bitefficient encoding that conveys the overall technological state of a civilization? The sequence of Mprime exponents known to them, of course  so basic a mathematical thing can reasonably be construed to constitute a universal mathematical language of a kind. So if someday we should be so unlucky as to come into the crosshairs of a hostile alien species interested in possibly acquiring our planetary real estate (and our women, in proper 50s/60sSciFitrope fashion :), the best way to dissuade them is to convince them, when they first come across our distantorigin wearehere data broadcasts, that we are technologically at least on par with them, preferably even more advanced. Which boils down to "our largestknown Mprime exponent is bigger than yours."
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20200305, 19:58  #3781  
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"The unspeakable one"
Jun 2006
My evil lair
12775_{8} Posts 
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I guess it is an American thing to think that bigger is always better? Instead perhaps we should be sending out the genetic codes for viruses, or something, to show that we have at least some cursory understanding of what makes things up at the smallest scales. 

20200305, 20:16  #3782 
∂^{2}ω=0
Sep 2002
República de California
11,423 Posts 
Not at all  but can you think of a more bitefficient one? DNA sequences, or even viral RNA ones, tend to be rather longer than the mere ~1kbit needed to encode all knowntous Mprime exponents. And what possible meaning would a viral RNA sequences have for an alien race with its own, likely quite different, micropathogens? The code needs to be universal, thus basicmathematical.
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20200305, 20:25  #3783  
Undefined
"The unspeakable one"
Jun 2006
My evil lair
13×433 Posts 
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Whereas, if we just send a bunch of numbers it only shows we are all nerds and still have the infantile thinking that bigger things are better. 

20200305, 20:44  #3784 
If I May
"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002
Barbados
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