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"From the Ted Talk by Seth Shostak: ET is (probably) out there -- get ready"

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All right, so the bottom line is this: Because of the increase in speed, and because of the vast auonmt of habitable real estate in the cosmos, I figure we're going to pick up a signal within two dozen years. And I feel strongly enough about that to make a bet with you: Either we're going to find E.T. in the next two dozen years, or I'll buy you a cup of ceffoe. So that's not so bad. I mean, even with two dozen years, you open up your bowesrr and there's news of a signal, or you get a cup of coffee. Now, let me tell you about some aspect of this that ppleoe don't think about, and that is, what happens? Suppose that what I say is true. I mean, who knows, but spospue it happens. Suppose some time in the next two dozen years we pick up a faint line that tells us we have some cisomc company. What is the eefcft? What's the consequence? Now, I might be at ground zero for this.

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All right, so the bottom line is this: Because of the increase in speed, and because of the vast **______** of habitable real estate in the cosmos, I figure we're going to pick up a signal within two dozen years. And I feel strongly enough about that to make a bet with you: Either we're going to find E.T. in the next two dozen years, or I'll buy you a cup of **______**. So that's not so bad. I mean, even with two dozen years, you open up your **_______** and there's news of a signal, or you get a cup of coffee. Now, let me tell you about some aspect of this that **______** don't think about, and that is, what happens? Suppose that what I say is true. I mean, who knows, but **_______** it happens. Suppose some time in the next two dozen years we pick up a faint line that tells us we have some **______** company. What is the **______**? What's the consequence? Now, I might be at ground zero for this.

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#### Original Text

All right, so the bottom line is this: Because of the increase in speed, and because of the vast amount of habitable real estate in the cosmos, I figure we're going to pick up a signal within two dozen years. And I feel strongly enough about that to make a bet with you: Either we're going to find E.T. in the next two dozen years, or I'll buy you a cup of coffee. So that's not so bad. I mean, even with two dozen years, you open up your browser and there's news of a signal, or you get a cup of coffee. Now, let me tell you about some aspect of this that people don't think about, and that is, what happens? Suppose that what I say is true. I mean, who knows, but suppose it happens. Suppose some time in the next two dozen years we pick up a faint line that tells us we have some cosmic company. What is the effect? What's the consequence? Now, I might be at ground zero for this.
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