We already have the tools we need. It’s time to use them.
You might be a superb host to human guests, but if an alien showed up on your doorstep looking for some hospitality, would your usual offerings be enough?
We usually think that exploration and settlement of outer space are all about technological innovation, but we’ll need more than that to do it right.
We’ve already left permanent marks on other worlds. Do we have a responsibility to protect the solar system?
A brief encounter with a new artificial intelligence suggests we may not be able to control the message we send to extraterrestrial intelligences.
Language matters, as demonstrated by the recent discussion following the discovery of example sentences using sexist stereotypes in the Oxford Dictionary of English. Language about who goes into space also matters, both historically and again now as more people are on the International Space Station for longer-duration missions, and NASA, SpaceX, and others plan to send humans to Mars. When journalists write about a spacecraft, they often use …