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Machine learning could turbocharge the search for extraterrestrial intelligence
February 6, 2023
The field of SETI, or the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, is accelerating to new heights thanks to developments in machine learning.
In a paper published last week in Nature Astronomy, a team of researchers led by Peter Ma of the University of Toronto shared a machine learning method for digging through data from the Breakthrough Listen project to identify signals that could be potential technosignatures — that is, indications of technological complexity that suggest an intelligent alien civilization.
“I think it’s a very important question to be asking, as humanity: is there anyone else out there?” Ma told The Verge.