Decoding Alien Intelligence

Advances in planetary and space sciences, astrobiology, life and cognitive sciences, combined with developments in information and communication theory, bio-neural computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, are creating new opportunities to explore the nature, abundance, and distribution of alien life. Brought together in a multidisciplinary approach, they have the potential to support an integrated strategy for a more expansive, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), a search that includes looking for life as we do not know it.

Such an approach can augment the odds of detecting alien intelligence through a better understanding of the origins and nature of awareness, consciousness, and cognition, and how these are shaped by the coevolution of life and environment. This, in turn, can lead to the development of new detection modalities and technologies, and the identification of new methods for decoding and encoding messages.