Schelling Points for Alien Contact

Could it be that aliens are trying to communicate with us right now, but we’re just not listening in the right way? They might have chosen a specific frequency, time or method of communication that we just never thought to try. In game theory, two players can co-operate towards a common goal even without communication. The idea is called a Schelling point – today we’ll explore what this is and how it affects our search for life in the Universe.

Written & presented by Prof David Kipping. Thanks to Prof Jason Wright for discussions on this topic!


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