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What is intelligent life?

Tue, 12th Jun 2012

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Question

Dennis Chakhaza, Facebook asked:

What is intelligent life?

Answer

We’re very pragmatic [at the SETI Institute].  For us intelligence is the ability to construct and operate some kind of transmitter that modifies their environment in ways that we can see over under stellar distances.

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