When will we REALLY find extraterrestrial life? an exercise in expectation management
|Date||30 January 2020|
In public media, every single exoplanet detection since 1995 was accompanied by the mother of all follow-up questions: when will we find extraterrestrial life?
While scientists usually strive to give a conservative answer to this question, even their nuanced statements tend to be quite optimistic. Especially when they are compared to data, budgets and educated guesses. In this talk, I will give my (hopefully) sobering view on the probability of finding life outside our planet. I intend to conclude on a positive note, so please stay until the end credits!