Could the WOW signal have been a technological singularity?
- Huh?Lv 710 months ago
No, it was probably just a random reflection of a radar or radio signal form a piece of space junk. It was never repeated despite attempts to listen for anything form the same part of the sky.
- ArgentLv 710 months ago
It could have been (and seems to have been) a singular event, but that's not the meaning of a technological singularity.
Read about that concept here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singul...
- Jeffrey KLv 610 months ago
It could have been anything. It has never repeated so we can't know what it was.
- CarolOklaLv 710 months ago
Which WOW signal? There were 2 of them. The one in 1967 is a pulsar. The other one that never repeated, well, if that was technological singularity, why didn't it continue? There's been some revisionist history in the last 50 years.
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- daniel gLv 710 months ago
No, more likely a distant pulsar. I pick those up myself with my radio telescope.
One such star was misinterpreted Morse code from the 'Angry star' PSR B0531+21 just one of many
- Ronald 7Lv 710 months ago
It actually turned out to be a Signal from a faraway forgotten human probe
Jocelyn Bell a young intern in the National Radio Observatory was on the Night Shift back in the Sixties
She Noticed a Signal that was repeating itself regularly
Realising it was odd she penned LGM on the Print out
It turned out to be the first detection of a Pulsar
Her Boss achieved a Nobel Prize for it
The Document still survives to the day and Jocelyn now teaches Astronomy in her home Northern Ireland in Armagh ObservatorySource(s): No Bell for Jocelyn unfortunately, I met her, a nice lady
- 10 months ago
but it could have been an equipment glitch, manmade object, or as yet unknown natural phenomenon. We now know about something called an FRB so it was almost certainly some species of those.
Just think: if the operator had written SH1T! next to the chart anomaly, it would have been known as the SH1T! signal to this day.