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Risk and value analysis of SETIThis paper attempts to apply a traditional risk and value analysis to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence--SETI. In view of the difficulties of assessing the probability of success, a comparison is made between SETI and a previous search for extraterrestrial life, the biological component of Project Viking. Our application of simple Utility Theory, given some reasonable assumptions, suggests that SETI is at least as worthwhile as the biological experiment on Viking.
Document ID
20040090194
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Billingham, J. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field CA United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1990
Publication Information
Publication: Acta astronautica
Volume: 21
Issue: 2
ISSN: 0094-5765
Subject Category
Exobiology
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
NASA Program Exobiology
NASA Center ARC
NASA Discipline Exobiology
NASA Discipline Number 52-60