March 14 - 18, 2018, Workshop

A Workshop at the SETI Institute 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.

This three-day workshop, structured around opening keynote lectures, technical sessions, and breakout sessions, is intended to provide a foundation for this new, and expanded vision, where artificial intelligence will be central to the exploration of three primary questions: 1) What is the distribution and abundance of intelligence in the universe? 2) How does intelligence communicate? 3) How do we detect intelligence?

The workshop will be held at the SETI Institute, March 14-18, 2018.

Contact: Nathalie A. Cabrol, Director, SETI Institute Carl Sagan Center –

Questions and logistics: 650.961.6633