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Encryption might be the reason we've never heard from aliens, says Snowden

Edward Snowden thinks he might have an answer to the Fermi paradox the cosmological puzzle of why, given that the universe is so very old and so very big, we haven't heard from any aliens yet. Speaking with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the astrophysicist's StarTalk podcast (the relevant section starts 30 minutes in), Snowden suggests that a universal need to keep communications secure could mean that alien signals are simply too well encrypted to be distinguished from background noise.

"When you look at encrypted communications, if they are properly encrypted, there is no real way to tell that they are encrypted. You can t distinguish a properly encrypted communication, at least in the theoretical sense, from random noise," says Snowden. He...

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