According to a recent Time magazine (8-15 Sep 2014) quoting the SETI Institute, we will find alien life somewhere in the universe within the next 26 years. Here are the calculations:
- The Milky Way has at least 100 billion star systems that might support life. Estimates of the number of active alien civilizations range from 10,000 to 1 million.
- So far we have examined a few thousand star systems. But the rate at which we’re doing so doubles about every two years.
- At that rate, we will have examined 1 million systems by the mid-2030 and 10 million by 2040, making it highly probable we will find someone or something.
We are not alone (cue the eerie music).