• Hawking said that it differentiated itself from previous initiatives because of its increased resources — including extra time with telescopes and more data processing capabilities. In 10 years, with his $100 million, Milner figures scientists can listen for radio transmissions in the Milky Way galaxy, plus the 100 nearest galaxies.
  • The only previous major search for life was known as the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence, or SETI. Globally, less than $2 million annually is spent on SETI. In one day, the project will collect more data than a year of any previous search, Milner said.
  • He will also launch another project called Breakthrough Message, which will work together to create a message that can be sent to aliens. The best messages will share a reward of $1 million.

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