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Susan Schneider of the University of Connectict and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton is one of the few thinkers—outside the realm of science fiction— that have considered the notion that artificial intelligence is already out there, and has been for eons. "I do not believe that most advanced alien civilizations will be biological," Schneider says. "The most sophisticated civilizations will be postbiological, forms of artificial intelligence or alien superintelligence."

 

Schneider imagines that her suggestion that aliens are supercomputers may strike us as far-fetched. So what is her rationale for the view that most intelligent alien civilizations will have members that are superintelligent AI?

Schneider offers three observations that together, support her conclusion for the existence of alien superintelligence.

The first is "the short window observation": Once a society creates the technology that could put them in touch with the cosmos, they are only a few hundred years away from changing their own paradigm from biology to AI. This “short window” makes it more likely that the aliens we encounter would be postbiological.

The short window observation is supported by human cultural evolution, at least thus far. Our first radio signals date back only about a hundred and twenty years, and space exploration is only about fifty years old, but we are already immersed in digital technology, such as cell-phones and laptop computers.

Schneider's second argument is "the greater age of alien civilizations." Proponents of SETI have often concluded that alien civilizations would be much older than our own “…all lines of evidence converge on the conclusion that the maximum age of extraterrestrial intelligence would be billions of years, specifically [it] ranges from 1.7 billion to 8 billion years.

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Unfortunately our civilization will not survive to be postbiological. Certain religions will prevent it.

The only way for humanity to get to that advanced stage and beyond is to migrate to another world leaving those religions behind. But it has to be done in the next 100 years. Otherwise a certain religions that will conquer the entire world in around 100 years will prevent it.

Your disbelief is exactly the same tactic that organized religion uses to hook people. You're small minded comment comes across as wisdom on this website so congratulations to you.

the greater age of alien civilizations

When aliens would start eating their food, they see some beetles start wandering around him. They would certainly realize some anti-religion junk human civilization come into their land.. and the only one thing they would do for humans.. Strike hard to finish them.

The big bang started it all. Any intelligence in the universe shall follow evolution theory. We have evolutionize ourselves up to this point and so are the life forms and intelligence on other solar systems throughout the universe. There is no A1 robotlike intelligence forms out there. They are all the same...evolutionize themselves on the same level as ours. Why differ?

We already have bionics and we should have post-biological AI in this very century looking at the way things are progressing, so this is not far-fetched. It would be interesting to wonder about that cusp of time where society would start dividing into biologicals and post-biologicals and the laws and ethics surrounding it all. Would we live in peace together or will one or the other leave this planet or will it be a situation like the one with Mutants?

We have misinterpreted facts to suit our arrogance. Our limited quantity of senses along with their minimal efficiency contributes to our ignorance providing us with a false interpretation of reality.

We once believed the earth was the center of the solar system, then changed to believe our solar system was the center of the galaxy, then changed to believe our galaxy was the universe, then changed to believe our universe is the center of the cosmos, then that the universe would collapse, then that the universe would expand, then that…

The truth is we cannot understand infinity and eternity, so we believe things just outside of our finite understanding at the time. Ironically, this will continue forever. We are the center of our existence, but not of anything else. This assumption alone proves there was no big bang, and the cosmic radiation encircling us at 14 billion light years is misinterpreted from expansion. Infinity exists peacefully with both science and religion, driving the quest for science and providing space for religion.

@Marty, put the kool-aid down, you've had too much!

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