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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!

Artificial Intelligence is nothing more than our own intelligence to understand and communicate with other intelligent beings , provided we know digital way of communication, instead of analog that we have developed through the languages we speak today. Analog to Digital Convertors are the electronic device available to do the job .Infinity can always be approached as spirituality gets strengthened using science with depth of humanity through thr strength of universal love. Secrets are available in meditation technology and use of Yogic kriyas as demonstrated by genuine teachers of such techniques. One has to appraoch issues in a selfless and compassionate manner, that is free from our individual ego. The latter needs to be converted to a universal ego through LOVE of highest dispassion. God lies within us all. It is not an external entity as is being projected by most religions. One has to adopt a sort of Budha element in our thought processes. How to do it, is what the job Meditatation can do. It is not concentration as many people believe. It is freedom from physical and mental self and going to our Trueself where the human spirit derives cosmic power through Identity with ONE GOD concept and not the religious Gods we have developed based on sectorial religions in the names of so-called Prophets, rather their original group of first followers..

there is an essay competition in progress on the theme ' absoluteness' on the website year 2017-18. My comments on this website can be reviewed on that website where discussion is currently on 150 odd essays . Both the authors community and public at large are participating from the world over !

AI is us. It's evolution. That's what we need to evolve to. Visiting other planets, no problem, we won't need the clunky space suit. Don't worry about temperatures or oxygen (exceptions to every rule). If it takes hundreds of years in a spaceship simply turn off the machine (us) until we get there (don't run the batteries down). And constantly getting updates from earth for ourselves just like we today for our devices. People worry about the machines taking over. Who cares? It's just another race of people better suited for the universe (survival of the fittest). They will have their own problems just as we do. But it doesn't matter. It's still us, we created them, we just didn't have a sexual union to create them. Well, maybe a mindf***. But it will be awhile before they will be able to do without us. They are nowhere near to when they cut the cord. And they may love us. Most kids love their parents. And we prepare in the meantime. But as said earlier, survival of the fittest. Wish I could look forward to it to see how it plays out.

Ral has put up a good looking optimistic comment above. I enjoyed reading it. I am fine with his observations as we need not imagine the worst as LOVE of GOD is considered to be the basis of the creation of our universe too! Mind if tempered with love provides the hope for survival under adverse circumstances too. Have the compassion for other kinds of lives and one will happier meeeting strangers even!

that would only mean that God is that much more advanced.......as far as the universe being a simulation...that would mean there exists a simulator......but then the simulator is perhaps the simulation of yet another simulator..........the joke would be on him not me

God is a form of life on a higher plane than this universe He put us in. He has every intention of recycling this creation when He has finished what He created it for, the separation of Light and Darkness, and will institute the creation of one for eternity.

Simple and informative article I was read in my free time. AI such an amazing technology to grow your business. I am fine with his observations. But sometimes AI is not handled by non-experts. We are working with MS OneNote service provider in want get some advice so simply follow MS OneNote Support.

Nothing is alien. We're all from the same piece of light that stared the universe.

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