E.T. REALLY CARE?
look at our relationship with the more primitive members of
Earth's ecology, like ants & bees. Do we invite them to
share our Human knowledge? At best we reseach their societies.
Likewise, would an old alien super-intelligence try to communicate
with us; one of the most primitive members of the cosmic ecology?
Ever tried to talk the Cosmos? I have. A
few years ago, I and my family joined an Australian project
named "Hello From Earth", where you could send radio
messages to an extrasolar planetary system called Gliese;
believed to have one or two fairly hospitable worlds. Worlds
which might host one of the intelligent civilizations many
scientists suspect could be found out there. The messages
were sent from the Tidbinbilla 70-meter radio dish outside
contact attempts like this, there are always mixed reactions.
Many debate whether we should make our presence known to any
cosmic neighbors out there, or not. Some, such as the renowned
cosmologist Stephen Hawking, has warned us for these activities,
fearing that revealing our existence here could doom us all,
paving the way for invading aliens to come here to stripmine
our planet in their pursuit for much needed resources...
all respect, I got a bit surprised hearing him say that, because
I see many flaws with this argument. First of all, our location
is already well-known from leaking radiowaves. We simply can't
hide our existence anymore. But second, and more important
- I think a lot of people don't understand the nature of these
potential aliens out there. In fact, they are NOT likely to
be some Hollywood-style alien reptiles aiming to take over
not? Because Hollywood's science-fiction stories almost always
reflects Human needs, culture and thinking - not alien
ones. They are almost always based on the assumption that
aliens are driven by the same needs, motives
and mentalities as we are in our current and quite primitive
phase of evolution. An assumption which are complete nonsense.
growing number of AI & SETI scientists, including Seth
Shostak, along with many transhumanists, are seriously speculating
in that the whole technological phase of our biological civilization
is very short. In other words, that we will soon be able to
build intelligent machines which are more intelligent than
this will happen already in a century, or thereabout. And
that once they exist, they can of course also build better
copies of themselves, faster than we can. So evolution will
begin to speed up immensely, leaving us biological beings
hopelessly behind - and perhaps recessing to some more simple
form of Humans.
small number of scientists then speculates that these man-made
machines even may choose to wipe us out, if we in some way
are standing in their way,
or competing about the same resources at they need - a vision
described by Australian researcher Hugo de Garis in his book
'The Artilect War'.
the most likely scenario is probably that they will start
exploring and settling the galaxy themselves, perhaps initially
even on our behalf, but leaving us behind. Unless we choose
to upload our minds to them and join their quest,
of course. Deep space exploration is so much easier done this
way. Biological life forms are simply not suited for long
space travels! (cont)