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Each year the TED conference hands out three ‘TED Prizes’ – a $100,000 cash award to three individuals, and the “granting of ‘One Wish to Change the World’.” One of this year’s winners was SETI pioneer Jill Tarter. Her wish? To “empower Earthlings everywhere to become active participants in the ultimate search for cosmic company.”

Embedded below is Tarter’s TED speech in which she details her dreams of searching for, and finding, intelligent extraterrestrial civilisations. I’ve previously had my gripes with Tarter’s skeptical pronouncements on ufology (she is a CSICOP fellow), but this speech has plenty of great moments:

Tarter’s detailed plan and requirements to fulfill her TED wish can be found on this page. Purveyors of woo probably need not apply…

Previously on TDG: