Scientists have designed a new message to spark conversation with alien civilisations, and that suggest a game of chess could keep the discussion going
6 April 2022
Scientists have designed an updated message to beam across the galaxy in the hope of striking up conversation with an alien civilisation. The team behind the plan says that sending the rules of chess and starting a game would be a logical next step if we receive a reply – but communicating a move in the game would take tens or hundreds of thousands of years due to the vast distances involved.
There are many active projects searching for extraterrestrial intelligence …