TED – Christoph Adami: Finding life we can’t imagine


How do we search for alien life — and I mean truly alien — life not as we know it?

Here’s how research into self-replicating computer software can show us what to look for…the quest for a universal marker for all possible life, unencumbered by our carbon chauvinism and other preconceptions we may unconsciously bring to the table.

This shows potential to let us know what signs point to life across the universe, no matter our biases and parochial presumptions based on what we already know — and incompletely at that — here on Earth.