If an alien located on a planet 100 light years from here was to switch on a big, multi-frequency radio receiver, and record all the noises coming from outer space for the next hundred years, on all frequencies, how many soap operas, advertisements and new broadcasts would they pick up from Earth? Would a mass-market radio, similar to our Earthly equivalents, pick up anything? Over time, as the number of Earth transmissions increases exponentially, would the alien pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me the name of the piece playing over the beginning of this episode of 'Civilisation?' It's killing me that I can't remember it.
I'm on the hunt for sites and/or blogs about big ideas... Who wants to join me? [more inside]