In February, 2014, NASA made a major announcement with the discovery of more than 700 new planets, described as being in solar systems very much like our own.
Naturally, Team ‘What If?’ started chatting images of pugs in black suits, big-brained humanoids and an endless supply of Reese’s Pieces. (See ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’)
If aliens do exist, scientists who've been searching the skies for signs of life think they’ll prove Hollywood all wrong, shattering those famous pop cultural images we’ve created - little, green, hairless beings. It could be very humbling for us to know that we’re not the center of the universe.
"In this century, we're probably going to develop artificial intelligence, we're probably going to develop machines," Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute said. "You can be sure the aliens have done that. The ones we're likely to hear from are probably going to be machines."