Edward Snowden Has an Interesting Take on Alien Communications
These days you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t believe there is any alien life in the universe. Statistically speaking, it just seems unlikely that there wouldn’t be any other life forms out there. But if our universe is teeming with life as many have suspected, why haven’t we been able to make contact with any of these creatures?
The most recent explanation for this mystery come from an unlikely, but compelling source. In a recent interview with Neil Degrasse Tyson, Edward Snowden suggested that we can’t pick up any of their communications, because they’re thoroughly encrypted. “If you look at encrypted communication, if they are properly encrypted, there is no real way to tell that they are encrypted…You can’t distinguish a properly encrypted communication from random behavior.”
Essentially, any species that has the technology to communicate with radio waves or microwaves like we do, probably isn’t sending their messages without encryption. We’ve only been using these technologies for a short time, and we haven’t been encrypting our electronic messages for very long. There would only be a very short window of time where these signals aren’t hidden, because any species that’s even a little more advanced than we are, would probably have very sophisticated encryption protocols. Their messages would be “indistinguishable to us from cosmic microwave background radiation”