Aliens Likely to be ‘Post-Biological’

Batteries_not_included._posterIf the aliens are coming then they’re likely to be machines. Better be nice to your toaster, just in case.

During an epoch of dramatic climate change 200,000 years ago, Homo sapiens (modern humans) evolved in Africa. Several leading scientists are asking: Is the human species entering a new evolutionary, post-biological inflection point? Paul Davies, a British-born theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science and Co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative at Arizona State University, says that any aliens exploring the universe will be AI-empowered machines. Not only are machines better able to endure extended exposure to the conditions of space, but they have the potential to develop intelligence far beyond the capacity of the human brain.

“I think it very likely – in fact inevitable – that biological intelligence is only a transitory phenomenon, a fleeting phase in the evolution of the universe,” Davies writes in The Eerie Silence. “If we ever encounter extraterrestrial intelligence, I believe it is overwhelmingly likely to be post-biological in nature.”

In the current search for advanced extraterrestrial life SETI experts say the odds favor detecting alien AI rather than biological life because the time between aliens developing radio technology and artificial intelligence would be brief.

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12 Comments on "Aliens Likely to be ‘Post-Biological’"

  1. Trismegistus | Jul 26, 2013 at 3:13 pm |

    Its obvious enough. I wonder if a spirit or consciousness could be located and downloaded into an android body that takes care of all functions while the consciousness dwells in a psychosomatic realm of creativity within the powerful machine?

  2. Ferdinand Marcos 2.0 | Jul 26, 2013 at 3:18 pm |

    We Are The Borg………..

  3. Anarchy Pony | Jul 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm |

    What a convenient theory for singulitarians. Machine revolution will probably kill us all, but it probably won’t be emergent A.I. but Post-Human supremacists.

  4. Ted Heistman | Jul 26, 2013 at 6:14 pm |

    I think anyone who has done any kind of body work knows in their body that this premise of transhumanism is bullshit. We aren’t ghosts in a biological machine nor meat robots. Anyone who “uploads their consciousness” to a computer is basically committing suicide. Our parts aren’t all replaceable.

    • InfvoCuernos | Jul 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm |

      I’ve always thought that the “upload your consciousness and live forever” idea was a load of horseshit too. Its no more immortality than a movie of you would be.

      • Ted Heistman | Jul 26, 2013 at 8:30 pm |

        yeah. I think there are going to be these robots around basically playing these tapes of dead peoples memories and some people are going to think they are people and most other people aren’t. I mean I think its a possibility. I also think there is a potentiality of some really creepy cyborg type people, with living tissue and robot parts including inside the brain. I think its a dead end, this stuff. But if they do figure out how to say, extend telomeres so that you can have a young healthy body seemingly forever, I could see more people going with that, but it will be the mega rich, and then they will never fucking die, so they will be like these evil aristocrats you can never get rid of!

        I think its great potential for science fiction but the ramifications are fucked up in real life

        Personally I want to be healthy as long as possible and then when it comes time go ahead and die. And to me health is not having a bunch of wires going in and out of me or robot parts. .

        • ParanoidCoast | Jul 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm |

          We’re all going phenomenological-on-your-ass here at disinformation. Maurice Merleau-Ponty would be chuffed. Also, I agree. Human beings are embodied. If you’re not embodied, you’re not human.

        • Monkey See Monkey Do | Jul 27, 2013 at 1:10 am |

          There is already many cyborg-type people around that don’t think for themselves and constantly recite dead peoples thoughts.

    • Calypso_1 | Jul 26, 2013 at 10:43 pm |

      which parts?

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | Jul 27, 2013 at 1:01 am |

      The brain and nervous system can be seen to work like a radio receiver, it converts information into a usable form. So the brain and nervous system may just have to be transferred.

  5. Ted Heistman | Jul 26, 2013 at 8:54 pm |

    I think there could be alien robots though. I am just saying I don’t want to be one! And if these robots show they will probably be evil control freaks so fuck them! Makes for good science fiction though…

  6. VaudeVillain | Jul 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm |

    I postulate that anyone who claims to know what an extraterrestrial intelligence will look or act like is full of shit, and any claim based on the assumption that such intelligence or life will bear any resemblance to humans or Earth-based organisms is tautologically inadequate

    We may have already found intelligent life on other planets and completely failed to recognize it as being either. Hell, it might have already found us and done the same.

    It’s probably the most frustrating aspect of ET searching types, that they aren’t looking into the cosmos with open minds to see what fascinating things they can find regardless of structure and instead intently searching for life that looks just like us without any consideration for life that does not.

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