Speakers begin to arrive
Our international speakers William McKinnon and Jill Tarter are now on UK soil! Both will be giving two talks each; McKinnon will talk in Session 2 on The Galilean Satellites and Tarter on SETI: the first 50 years; and in Session 4 McKinnon will discuss the latest from Cassini while Tarter will close the conference programme with SETI: Where we're going next.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jill Tarter at the airport earlier today, and in the taxi back to the hotel I asked her about the future of SETI. "Galaxy Zoo on speed" was a phrase that came up - adopting the skills and interest of the public to search through vast amounts of data in real time, on the look-out for anything usual. The trick will be to make the data easily accessible - it won't be the same as the aesthetically pleasing images of galaxies that makes Galaxy Zoo so attractive. There are many other exciting developments for the future of SETI, but you'll have to come to her talk to find out more!
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