Within the “first contact” plan when aliens land on Earth, as scientists say the event “could occur tomorrow”.

SOME scientists and experts believe that it is only inevitable that humans will discover that they are not alone in the universe.

This raises the poignant question of what we will do to prepare for the day we encounter extraterrestrial life on Earth.

A team of experts is building a definitive organization to prepare for humanity's first contact with extraterrestrial life


A team of experts is building a definitive organization to prepare for humanity’s first contact with extraterrestrial lifePhoto credit: Getty

Researchers at the University of St. Andrews have exactly the plan to try to communicate effectively with extraterrestrials.

They have reportedly created a new international hub solely for preparing humanity for what they believe is certain to happen.

It’s official SETI Post Detection Hubwhich stands for Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

Per a press release from the University of St Andrews, it will be a collaborative effort of experts from around the world.

“[The SETI Post-Detection Hub] will act as the coordinating center for an international effort that will bring together diverse expertise from science and the humanities to establish impact assessments, protocols, procedures and contracts designed to enable an accountable response,” the press release reads.

dr John Elliot, an honorary research fellow at the University of St Andrews’ School of Computer Science and coordinator of the SETI Hub, said the matter was urgent.

“But we must go beyond the impact on humanity. We must coordinate our expert knowledge, not only to assess the evidence, but also to consider human social response as our understanding advances and what we know and what we do not know is communicated. And the time for that is now,” noted Elliot.

According to Elliot, the SETI Post-Detection Hub team will attempt to develop all possible methods of language through the information gathered, hoping to be prepared for the arrival of extraterrestrial life.

“Scanning signals of putative extraterrestrial origin for language structures and assigning meanings is a laborious and time-consuming process, during which our knowledge is expanded in many steps as we learn ‘alien’,” he explained.

Ultimately, preparation is key for Elliot and his team, as there is no certainty that alien contact will occur in this lifetime – yet it could happen as early as tomorrow.

“Will we ever get a message from ET? We do not know it. We also do not know when this will happen. But we know that we cannot afford to be ill-prepared – scientifically, socially and politically disoriented – for an event that could happen tomorrow and which we cannot afford to mismanage,” he said.

Furthermore, communication is just one priority of the SETI Post-Detection Hub’s mission.

The team will also create an academic knowledge pool on data analysis, societal impact strategies, regulatory protocol development and even space law.

It is an attempt to have a holistic approach to the life changing event.

However, there were some policies that were in place prior to the University of St Andrews’ efforts to date.

In 1989, the SETI community as a whole drafted the first agreed “contact” protocols, according to the press release.

They were reportedly revised in 2010 but still had “unenforceable aspirations” and general behaviors for the event.

With what the SETI community is now working on, there should be a definitive plan for first contact.

For related content, The US Sun reports on how the world might react right now if aliens arrived on our doorstep tomorrow.

The US Sun also has the story about the bizarre reason why scientists believe UFOs are not currently visiting Earth.

SETI community members feel that not preparing would be harmful


SETI community members feel that not preparing would be harmfulPhoto credit: Getty

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