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DOES E.T. REALLY CARE?

Let's 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 Canberra, Australia.

Following 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...

With 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 the world.

Why 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.

A 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 ourselves.

Perhaps 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.

A 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'.

However, 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!
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