According to Scientists, this is now the minimum number of intelligent civilizations out there. 361. I’ve no doubt that this was in fact the figure that the algorithms spat out, but whatever happened to the kind of comfortingly woolly science reporting that used to come up with phrases like “perhaps a few hundred”.
361. Because there’s still so much we don’t know it’s essentially meaningless, and yet strangely beguiling.
361. The precision of it gives us unreasonable hope, doesn’t it?
Zooming off to see if I can still download the old SETI data-crunching screensaver.