SETI So Far: A Drop in the Bucket

In this conversation at the World Science Forum, alien-hunter Jill Tarter answers critics who wonder why SETI hasn't found anything in 50 years of operation:

Obviously, SETI has hit hard times since this was recorded, and so Tarter's call for funding is even more pertinent. The alien-hunting project is currently running a crowd-funding venture called SETIstars, which has so far raised one half of its $200,000 goal - so if you want more SETI, head on over and pitch in.

You can watch the entire 90 minute discussion on "The Search for Life in the Universe" that this video is excerpted from - featuring Tarter, planetary scientist Steven Squyres, astronomer David Charbonneau and astrobiologist Michael Russell - at the WSF website.