Experts have believed that communication on Earth will be mostly technological in 2120 – a trend that could help us detect aliens.
Specifically, studies have found that 328.77million terabytes of data are created each day.
The space where this data usage and growth exists is known as the technosphere.
Earth's biosphere, however, refers to the spaces on our planet occupied by living organisms.
Now, this new study posits that if data usage continues to grow at this rate, our technosphere will eventually overtake our biosphere.
This shift suggests that in less than a century's time, our modes of communication will be mainly technological.
And this could affect our ability to locate extraterrestrial intelligence in far away distances.
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