The Interstellar Beacon: a plan for backing up Earth. Since the 1960s, humanity’s attempts to contact alien civilizations have been focused primarily on listening endeavors, such as SETI. However, the lack of signals may not mean that extraterrestrials aren’t there; they may be absent simply because we have not yet sufficiently announced our presence. Efforts towards broadcasting an interstellar signal are collectively known as METI: Messaging Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Attempts at METI have been minimal due to a combination of factors, including the latency of two-way communication, fear of contacting a malevolent civilization, and cost. We contend that two-way communication should not be the impetus for METI, but that the near-term risk of humanity’s demise provides a more pressing concern: we need to backup Earth.
As the Interstellar Beacon organization, we propose to construct a high-powered laser that would begin broadcasting Earth’s message. We put forth the scientific and sociological case for a five-program message.
We also refute the assumption that aliens would be hostile to us. If ET does detect our signals while humanity is still here, we would send the same message content. Soon we will present a plan for an infrared laser transmitter, "The Interstellar Beacon" that will being broadcasting as soon as technically feasible.
No, we will not be getting a world-wide consesus before broadcasting. It is unnecessary, "the world" has debated this for 20 years now, without any solutions.
Our plan is to be broadcasting very soon, within the next 12 months as long as everything goes as planned.
While the founder is no Bill Gates or Elon Musk, William Kitchen is however personally funding the startup.
The beauty of it is, we wont... the people of Earth will speak for Earth. All the information that is being gathered is already available online and public records, we are speaking for humanity and how dare you NOT CONTRIBUTE, if we give you the oppurtunity.
The potential of Backup Earth, far outweighs any dangers from malovolent aliens.