THE REAL ET
we can figure out how these intelligences are, after perhaps
millions of years of progress, then we get a good hint of
our own future. And - if we don't find anyone else out there
- except perhaps for simple microbes on planets like Mars
or Moons like Jupiter's Europa; worlds which ALMOST became
hospitable - then we also know something about our future:
that we don't have one, that something kills us off or prevents
us from developing much further. Or, that we actually are
the first intelligence to arise
in the universe - however unlikely that seems.
the truth is, this search is really about us - about our destiny.
If we know how intelligent life elsewhere evolve, we will
also have an idea where we might be heading. Likewise, if
we can predict our own future path as Humans, we can also
get an idea how any intelligent aliens might be like. Here,
transhumanists and AI researchers do a god job.
about it: We have been a technological civilization for a
few hundred years. Now, scientists predict that in only a
century more or so, we may be able to develop artificial intelligences
more advanced than we ourselves are. Supersmart machines which
then - since they are smarter than us - can develop even smarter
machines themselves, practically leaving us Humans beyond
and starting a new branch on the evolutionary tree.
what about an alien technological civilization that has endured
for a million years, or even a billion years? How far have
they reached? It's beyond our imagination. We Humans are far
closer to ants and worms, than to these intelligences, which
to us would seem godlike in every sense...