One thing I'd love to have asked Jill Tarter is her opinions on the public hype that tends to surround any sort of announcement for weak evidence of extraterrestrial life. For example, she mentions the asteroid with the "huge aspect ratio" (Amoamua) and how she "half-jokingly said well, clearly that's alien technology" and how Avi Loeb went on to write a paper about it. But while trained scientists understand that such a comment is clearly not meant to be serious and that there is far too little evidence to label it alien technology, the public perceived it much differently, with some news outlets stating the asteroid was "evidence of extraterrestrial life". I'd love to have asked Dr. Tarter if she things the extreme public reaction to these discoveries is beneficial or harmful, and if the latter, what can be done to mitigate it.
There’s so much more to the story, Gavin. There has been recent discussion directly between Jill Tarter and Avi Loeb. Unfortunately it was not handled well online, but it does make for interesting viewing