Evaluate Research on Space Exploration, Extraterrestrial Life & Digital Super-intelligence
An introductory overview of scientific research into potential alien encounters & some of the fears & misconceptions that may arise from the increasing implementation of emerging tech in our lives.
Space Explorers Academy

Knowledge tags
Theories of Life
Data Science
Survey Origin
Overview Effect
Scientific Method
Emerging Technologies
Fake Door
War Technology
DNA Sequencing
Computer Science
Space Sciences
Planetary Science
Future Vision
Communicating Innovation
Global scaling
Zero Waste
Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
Data Protection
AI Applications
Big Data
Machine Learning Ethics
Neural Networks
Cross-Cultural Communication
Intercultural Communication
Paradigm Shift
Fake News
Learning Mechanism
Lifelong Learning
Press Releases
Exercise tags
Role Playing
Prior Understanding
Giving feedback
Course Description
Questions about whether we are alone in the universe have stimulated our imagination and expanded the limits of our understanding. Increasingly, information surrounding the search for extraterrestrial intelligence has been the subject of serious inquiry and previously classified information enters the common discourse. Parts of the world never connected digitally are being exposed to technology that can be perceived as magic. This course will equip you with a deeper understanding of where and how scientists are researching alien life and provide reflection on what would happen if we found it.

Unit 1 What is the search for extraterrestrial intelligence?
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (or SETI) is a collective term for scientific searches for intelligent extraterrestrial life, for example, monitoring electromagnetic radiation for signs of transmissions from civilizations on other planets. This unit introduces the topic of SETI and some of the methods employed in the search.
Unit 2 Worlds of possibilities: Exploring outside of the solar system
With advanced space telescopes, combined with artificial intelligence humanity is becoming capable of searching the sky for habitable planets faster and with greater accuracy than ever before. This unit will introduce exoplanets and examine how their discovery has intensified interest in the search for extraterrestrial life.
Unit 3 The search continues: Where are all of the aliens?
Building upon our understanding of the vast quantity of exoplanets, many questions still remain about where alien life could be with such a vast number of potentially life-sustaining planets. This unit will discuss a formula known as the Drake equation which is a probabilistic argument used to estimate the number of active, communicative extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy. As well as help you understand the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence for extraterrestrial civilizations elsewhere in the Milky Way galaxy and high estimates of their probability known as the Fermi Paradox.
Unit 4 Considering non-biological life forms
This unit takes a different perspective on intelligent life beyond biological considerations, especially as artificial intelligence systems increase at exponential rates and scientific understanding of its implications is still being analyzed. We will examine concepts of superintelligence as a hypothetical agent that possesses intelligence far surpassing that of the brightest and most gifted human minds and may also refer to a property of problem-solving systems whether or not these high-level intellectual competencies are embodied in agents that act in the world. A superintelligence may or may not be created by an intelligence explosion and associated with a technological singularity.
Unit 5 Communicating diversity in the post-truth era
Historically humanity has difficulty at times communicating within groups on earth due to differences in understanding, language and worldview. This unit will look at ways of expressing our cultural diversity to a potential extra-terrestrial civilization and the importance of recognizing and embracing differences in our search.
Unit 6 Disclosure: Critical thinking around common misconceptions
The discovery of new concepts and technologies are often not easily translated to all sectors of the population. At our current stage of civilization, a great deal of misunderstanding still occurs between people on earth. This unit will look at ways we can verify and better understand advanced or unexplainable concepts still in the process of being developed and discovered.