The new spacebound note, named the Beacon in the Galaxy (BITG), is the latest in a series of attempts to contact other lifeforms in the universe that date back to a message sent in 1974 from Puerto Rico’s Arecibo telescope to a star cluster.
Nope, 1974 wasn’t the first attempt by a long shot. The Hayden Planetarium sent a poorly designed signal toward Mars in 1939. Nothing happened, nothing bounced back. The radio coverage of the Hillsdale sighting in 1965 mentioned that UMich had been sending out some kind of signal, and the “scientists” assumed arrogantly that the aliens were answering. (The Hillsdale thing sounds to me like natural ball lightning, not an alien craft. It happened right after a thunderstorm.)
The current crop of arrogant “scientists” assume that the aliens will be able to fill in the details of an NFT-level 2d pixelated picture of naked male and female humans, and assume that the aliens will be interested in a whole bunch of math formulas written in a made-up alphabet that looks like swastika-flavored Chinese. Made-up languages are a stupid idea. Just use the Latin alphabet and use English. Less chance of error on the encrypting end, and a better chance of reception both ways. What happens if aliens 20 lightyears away answer in this language? Everyone will still know English in 2062, but nobody will remember this made-up crap.
If the aliens had been receiving and decoding our TV signals for the last 70 years, they would be familiar with the shapes and contexts of clothed and unclothed humans, so they would assume that this message was some form of cheaply made porn, not some form of math.
And good old Esperanto stupidity comes through again:
“Logic suggests a species which has reached sufficient complexity to achieve communication through the cosmos would also very likely have attained high levels of cooperation amongst themselves and thus will know the importance of peace and collaboration,” the team said.
Shit. Why did WE start exploring? Why did we start learning the languages of the strangers we encountered when we explored? It sure as fuck wasn’t for “peace and collaboration”. It was for war and obliteration. We don’t have any other examples, so this is the only “logical” conclusion we can draw from the given cause.