Hello? Is there anybody out there?
There was a time, just three decades ago, when all it took to communicate with alien life forms in outer space was a Speak & Spell, an umbrella, a walkie-talkie, a record player, and a circular saw blade. But what E.T. Was able to accomplish in 1982 is now within the grasp of everyday earthlings. Starting tomorrow, a new initiative called Lone Signal Project will beam your personal messages into space. The target of these messages is the Gliese 536 star system, a mere 17.6 light years away, and an area which scientists feel is a potentially habitable home for extra-terrestrial life forms. While that might not sound as cool as, say, chatting with the Tuscan Raiders on Tatooine, it's still pretty damn cool.
“Our scientific goals are to discover sentient beings outside of our solar system,” According to co-founder, Pierre Fabre. “But an important part of this project is to get people to look beyond themselves and their differences by thinking about what they would say to a different civilization. Lone Signal will allow people to do that.”
And for what it's worth, the company's teaser video features some pretty, pretty hot ladies, so you know all those aliens out there will be at least a little interested in what we've got going on here on Earth: