The SEETI thinkers are looking for signs of intention. Even in global death, they believe they could separate natural causes from intelligent causes.
Most SETI advocates stringently oppose intelligent design even as they rely on it.
Kenneth Singer at Case Western Reserve trained an AI neural network on a million photos, and then on the brush strokes of four renditions of a flower.
“The selection of one such possibility out of the combinatorically large number of possibilities is a process that requires information.”
I picture Ohio University officials turning as red as Mars over Professor Romoser’s exotic claims.