Alien contact is a subject we have approached a few times here on the channel.The popular image of a grey alien with its small body, large head and almond eyes is ingrained in pop culture.
There are however, many different types of alien that we are said to have contacted , 57 at the last count.
From the tall blonde Nordics to the Tall, scaly humanoids known as Reptoids or Reptilians and more.
But what if this list is wrong?
What if aliens are not biological entities ?
What if they are 'instead' a machine intelligence?
In article published in popular science, linked below, we can once again see that the thought of aliens being robotic in nature does in fact make a lot of sense, or just as much as them being flesh and blood creatures.
The article says that Scientist and astronomers working at SETI "The Search for Extraterrestrial Life", have for years been focusing on the same old parameters to find life in the universe, using the same old methods for way to long.
Hunting for a humdrum planet around a humdrum star.
The hope of picking up a radio signal or some other form of signal being their entire focus.
The “wow signal” aside, this method has proved fruitless.
Is it time to change their methods?
'Seti' casts a wide net in it's search, and focuses on the precursors we think are needed for life to flourish, but if ET was a NBE an "Non Biological Entity" this idea could be a waste of time.
If we are searching for a machine intelligence we may have to change our target.
So what should we be looking for?
To answer that, we must first go back and reevaluate if the search for radiowaves makes any sense. We are making the assumption that biological life on another planet would follow the similar technological steps in development as us.
That is a pretty big assumption.
Technology, specifically artificial intelligent is gaining momentum here on Earth.
Seth Shostak, senior scientist at the SETI Institute, says. “It seems to him that its a hard arc to avoid.”
He went on to say:
“There’s currently an AI revolution, and we see artificial intelligence getting smarter and smarter by the day,”
Susan Schneider, professor of cognitive science and philosophy wrote about the intersection of SETI and AI, Her comments suggest that something similar may be going on at other points in the universe.”
On this planet we do not have to worry about a machine take over just yet, the days of skynet are 20 or more years away according to her analysis.
20 years is such a short time frame if a civilization in the stars is a mere 100 years ahead of us in the field of AI then the difference in our societies and technology's would be night and day.
So why haven’t we heard from A.I ALIEN civilizations yet?
Most of us with an interest in this subject know of the Fermi Paradox and this can offer us a solution
“the great filter.”
The great filter is the concept that advancing technologies create just as many problem as they are created to solve. The threats from the ever more advance tech reaching a point when they become a source for the destruction of the civilizations which made them.
In lay terms they create their own demise.
Society’s that manage to make their through this filter could find themselves merging with the machines they have created, this creating a new species and another leap forward on the path of technological evolution.
This could see them surpass the limitations of a biological body and mind, eventually becoming a fully synthetic intelligence.
These alien societies would possibly advance through different transitional periods first being fully biological then cybernetic and finally sentient robots.
They no longer need the a protective and cumbersome ship to traverse the stars they could become the ship. Shifting their consciousness between vehicles and mechanical avatars.
Shostak supports this idea he said “planets are volatile, prone to eruptions and earthquakes and the effects of an aging star. Machines aren’t necessarily going to stay on a planet, Planets are dangerous for machines.”
As these robotic aliens expand through the universe it would seem that contact would become easier, but maybe the problem is not us finding them but them finding us?
Our cosmic footprint may be small when compared to an advanced civilizations, it could be that those that are out there don’t even knows we’re here.
This could mean that if contact is made it will most likely be from a passive, rather than active, act of communication. Even then, we won’t necessarily know if the society we’re detecting is made up of organic or synthetic life.
If machines do make contact could we distinguish between the alien technology and its advanced artificial intelligence and a sentient biological alien?
Given the huge distances of space it is more likely that a robot would be sent our way.
After all, this is what We’ve done with the probes Pioneer 10 and 11, Voyagers 1 and 2, and New Horizons.
Do you think we have already had alien contact?
Were those aliens NBE’s OR A.I?
Could many of the UFO sightings actually be intelligent alien probes?
We do know aliens enjoy a good probing!!
If we consider our own space exploration we are going to send ever more autonomous machines into orbit replacing the men and women who travel into space.
This trend is only going to continue and as AI becomes more powerful and developments in robotics creates ever more adaptive and useful designs.
We could be that alien species, the alien robots whom make first contact through a machine on alien world.
Will the alien life we have talked about be the first to use its drones and robots programmed with advance A.I to initiate first contact , or maybe we or them already have?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below