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If given the opportunity to send a message to intelligent beings on another planet, what would you say? We call in peace. Don’t shoot! Got milk? Take your time … you have until 2018 to decide. That’s when a new organization called Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (METI) plans to begin sending messages to Proxima b, a planet orbiting nearby Proxima Centauri, followed by similar signals aimed at other planets that appear to be candidates for supporting extraterrestrial life forms that can hear. If METI sounds familiar, that’s because it’s just one letter and a 180-degree opposite philosophy away from SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute in Mountain View, California. METI, based in San Francisco, was formed by Douglas Vakoch, the former director of Interstellar Message Composition at SETI. He started METI in 2015 and is now planning workshops in Paris and St. Louis as well as fundraising efforts to get the $1 million he says METI will need annually to build a transmitter and start blasting Earthly greetings to unsuspecting ETs.