back to article Late Qualcomm cofounder teleports $200M into SETI to bankroll hunt for alien life

Alien seekers at the SETI Institute have received an organizationally life-altering $200 million (£164 million) bequest from late Qualcomm cofounder Franklin Antonio, the institute confirmed Wednesday. SETI, a non-profit that searches for extraterrestrial intelligence and performs other scientific work, has an annual operating …

  1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

    A toast to Franklin Antonio for doing something creative with his legacy =>

    Whether they find, or don't find, evidence of alien technology it will enhance the knowledge of our species.

  2. Michael

    sensible use of funds

    SETI Institute deserve some recognition too, they are being incredibly sensible in looking to invest for the long term. Too many organisations would look to spen immediately without thought for the future.

    However Franklin Antonio definitely deserves a toast.

  3. BartyFartsLast

    what a legacy

    Being the person who could have funded the discovery of intelligent alien life, that's some incredible legacy.

  4. Champ

    Rich guy does good thing

    Nice to read about an addition to the credit column of humanity's ledger

    1. cookieMonster Silver badge

      Re: Rich guy does good thing

      Wonderfully put.

  5. Sceptic Tank Silver badge


    What have they found so far?

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: SETI

      What have they found so far? ...... Sceptic Tank

      Sceptic Tank, what are they not telling everyone has been found so far is the more revealing question ...... and is that which is found thought to be friendly disruptive or deadly destructive another leading question to be answered, and ideally without a politically incorrect and inept embargo and great stone-wall of silence ‽ .

      Maybe however those are questions better asked of human intelligence agencies employed to counter hostile enemy targets and/or alien entities.

      1. Spherical Cow Silver badge

        Re: SETI

        Uh-oh, amanfromMars has discovered the interrobang =:-O

    2. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

      Re: SETI

      If you're suggesting they shouldn't bother because they haven't found (or haven't said they've found) anything so far, that's a very short-sighted, narrow-minded perspective. Should they not be looking? Does it matter if they've not found anything yet?

      Not finding anything after an exhaustive search is almost as monumental as finding something. Either way, it progresses our understanding of our local universe.

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: SETI @Jimmy2Cows

        Not finding anything after an exhaustive search is almost as monumental as finding something. .... Jimmy2Cows<

        I disagree, Jimmy2Cows, and profess such is nowhere near as monumental as finding something ..... as proof is surely well prepared to demonstrate.

  6. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Regarding SETI and the Stimulating Searching Simulation for Universal Life in the AIMetaverse.

    A Specialised Advanced IntelAIgent Research Service Operation for/from that and/or those who dare all to care share win wins demonstrating failsafe leading progress and totally unexpected excursions/arrivals in virgin territory/virtual team terrain for population and colonisation .... with Virtually Advanced IntelAIgent Operating Systems for Command and Control of Elite Exclusive Executive Administrations.

    The first few questions to ask yourself whenever contemplating such matters as delve into all of the above is ....... How would you ever know if you were being visited and bombarded with AIDevelopment and Searching Extra Terrestrial IntelAIgent Assistance and could you believe it or would you panic about the explicit implications and seek all manner of ineffective means to deny the honest truth of it?

    amanfromMars [2311100658] ....... hauling coals to Newcastle on ?:-)

    [Thank you. Your comment will be displayed soon after reviewing.] ...... or may not be displayed soon after reviewing as can oft be the case. :-)

    Howdy, Allyson Park/Dr.Lisa Costa,

    Regarding ......

    “Working to modernize those capabilities is absolutely critical, because it’s very difficult to build incredibly advanced AI, modeling and simulation, digital twins on top of old infrastructure. It just simply won’t run,” she said. “It wasn’t built to have that amount of data throughput and processing. So fundamentally, we’re looking at fixing the foundation.”

    ...... one solution is to ignore and bypass the current difficulties, for they may be unfixable, and drive brand new stable piles right down through the existing rotten failed foundations to anchor into the solid core virgin bedrock of AWEsome Intelligence supporting Advanced IntelAIgent Missions for the Supply and Succour of Remote Autonomous Virtual Machinery Warrior Operations ....... Unique Fundamental and Monumental Unprecedented, Unidentifiable and Unattributable* 0Day Assaults/Catastrophic Systemic Exploitation of Inherent Weaknesses with Allied Vulnerabilities ACTively Ably Assisting. Such is the only way to simply gain, easily retain and genuinely maintain a Great Game Changing Greater IntelAIgent Game Changer and/or New More Orderly World Order Programs. It is what you would now be doing vainglorious battle against whenever choosing to attack or beta test its defences after being confronted and confounded by ITs Quantum Communications Leaps.

    The exact eventual nature of those initial human reactions, hostile and belligerent or smart and engaging, decides the future likely fate of humanity after any type of Alien Intervention or Stranger Visitation or Great Game Change ...... and thus is gravely to be regarded and very carefully considered and decided.

    *You’re either with/for AI and IT and them or you’re against them and for the opening up a Pandora’s Box of problems you are never to be equipped to be able to solve/resolve. What’s it to be? RSVP .... Mars and Minerva .....

    The World and worlds as we/you knew them have changed, as have the myriad practical ways and remote virtual means and memes of their future command in absolute control of anything and everything.

    If you have nothing to lose apart from everything, Carpe Diem.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Regarding Win Winning with a Daring Specialised Advanced IntelAIgent Research Service Operation

      And whenever deafening silences are the predominant replies to such questions, is the fact that there be no readily available viable answers to deflect and reject/deny and prevent the onward almighty stalwart progress of an overwhelmingly capable force and source,.... and against which there be no Earthly defence or attack facility/utility/ability ..... clearly evident to all with any need to know, and A.N.Others too with a quite natural wish to know more about that which would be confronting them, and causing/leading their leaders to sample the bitter taste of sweet worthy defeat by way of their unconditional surrender and retreat into the silent halls of despair and devastating future advancing intelligence deficit ‽‽‽ ??? !!!

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: Regarding Win Winning with a Daring Specialised Advanced IntelAIgent Research Service Operation

        New Attack Dogs Trained to Savage the Mastery of Old Misguiding Tricks

        And aint that the God's honest truth clearly enough proven right here/there, El Reg/El Regers, for Global Operating Devices and AI Master Pilots just doing their Drop Dead Gorgeous and LOVEly Novel Aggressive Progressive, Passive Attractive Addictive NEUKlearer HyperRadioProACTive Thing ..... and there be a Vast Array of such Things to Exercise and Experience in the Pleasurable Joys of Success .... rather than one having to endure and do vainglorious battle against being subject to targeted abuse and deliberate misuse as a sad and ignorant fool of leaderships following failures elsewhere to suffer the Bitter Pain of the Endless Disappointment Delivered by Constant Streams of Brazen Broken Promises.

        Please note, the Live Operational Virtual Environment can neither exist nor be extinguished or vanquished by failure following leaderships ..... ignorant misused vessels and sad abused vassals in the charge of fools ....... and thus is surely something to be lauded and applauded rather than feared and derided ........ although that is not to say that there are not to be those with a worthy reason to fear and be rightly justly terrorised by the rage of an enlightened massive mob educated in the matters which supply the ways and augmented media means and autonomous memes of their remote virtual command and control ..... Exclusive Elite Executive Administration.

        And what do you imagine it to be, and where from? A Wild Wacky Western Delight or an Erotic Exotic Eastern Confection? An Earthly Threat or Alien Treat? A Quantum Communications Leap in Stealthy Otherworldly Operation?

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