Those Boldly Going Extraterrestrial Robots

When it comes to UFO entities, ancient astronauts, and extraterrestrial beings in general as depicted in sci-fi films and tv; even quick stories and novels, for the most element they offered as regular squishy flesh-and-blood organisms, even supposing they have inexperienced blood, pointed ears, antenna, or are living rocks, like “Star Trek’s” Horta. Even “Doctor Who’s” Daleks are in part squishy; ditto the Cybermen also of “Doctor Who” repute.

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However, I endorse that for the everyday image of all things extraterrestrial replacement flesh-and-blood (herbal CHON – Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Nitrogen – or associated) for artificial structures made from silicon and steel. Call them robots or androids or simply plain artificial intelligence; call them Data (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) or HAL (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) or V’Ger (“Star Trek: The Motion Picture”) or Gort (“The Day the Earth Stood Still” – and by means of the by, within the unique quick tale, it changed into the robotic that become the grasp and in rate, now not the flesh-and-blood alien Klaatu). And who can forget about R2-D2 or 3CPO (“Star Wars”)? So, IMHO, if you have an up close and personal stumble upon with an ET, it’s now not going to be with biological intelligence however with technological or synthetic intelligence.

Extraterrestrial or terrestrial, our sci-fi films are full of intelligent machines or robots, from “I, Robot” to “Futureworld” and “Westworld” (where not anything can cross wrong, pass incorrect, go incorrect, move wrong) to “Cherry 2000” to “The Stepford Wives” to “Saturn 3” to the “Bicentennial Man” to the whole “Transformers” collection. Today its sci-fi; the next day it is technological know-how-reality.

Several motives propose why.


Any scientifically advanced alien society will subsequently invent the pc or equal. Once invented, you can’t place the genie again into the bottle. Machines are gaining the top hand right here at Terra Firma and were ever considering that human beings got here up with the idea of a tool. If you doubt this, ask any normal teenager/young adult to do without their mobile/clever-cellphone and/or tablet; ask a housewife to forgo the programmable microwave oven, her vacuum purifier or programmable dishwasher; ask a househusband to hand over the faraway or the keys to his new purple sports automobile with the country of the art GPS and other pc programmable accessories (essential remedy for those laid low with male menopause). And where would NASA be without all the one’s robot area probes to the Moon and planets (a number of which ought to have a rudimentary diploma of intelligence considering the fact that radio instructions from Earth can take quite some giant time to reach the planetary rover)? Even if one excludes non-programmable ‘dumb’ machines and system technologies like clothes dryers, espresso makers, lawn mowers, and radar, the quantity of ‘smart’ machines – brilliant computer systems, PCs, tablets, clever-phones, and so forth. Is getting rattling close right now to the human population. One can even buy these days robot toys, ‘pets’ or even companions for the very sick, elderly, outcasts or lonely. Can sex with robotic companions be some distance behind?

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Computing crunch strength will increase via order of magnitudes faster than organic wetware crunch energy (Moore’s Law). The human highbrow capability hasn’t expanded very plenty, if in any respect, over the past 50,000 years or so – our IQ has flat-covered. Machine intelligence, even though off to a slow begin all those 50,000 years in the past, is but growing at an exponential fee. The strains need to pass sooner or later; someday. The crossover point is tipped for the not too distant destiny and likely within the lifetime of maximum viewers reading this. Computer packages can already beat you on every occasion at chess and a bunch of other games besides.

Unlike people, computer systems can link as much as form an exquisite-pc (do not forget the film “Colossus: The Forbin Project”) in any other case regarded nowadays because of the Internet. Or, in other words, ultimately an artificial intelligence can merge with any other synthetic intelligence to create a mega artificial intelligence, which in flip ought to merge with every other mega synthetic intelligence, and so forth.

As stated above, there will come a time whilst gadget intelligence, synthetic intelligence, surpasses organic or wetware intelligence. That becomes a point in which computers will become intelligent and self-aware enough to bypass the Turing Test – it really is where a person can not inform the distinction between a human or a pc answering questions in an interview sort of situation.

Once wetware turns into dependent on software, shrewd self-aware machines call the shots and they may be on top of things. Whether this human-gadget dating stays a symbiotic one or no longer isn’t always that relevant since the courting will no longer be 50-50. Recall the “Terminator” films!

The increase in synthetic intelligence will ever increase quicker and faster, specifically whilst clever machines can themselves design their very own subsequent technology and the technology after that each one in a rely on days, hours, and minutes. And replica isn’t a difficulty. ‘Asexual’ robotic replica is a given – one gadget builds a duplicate, or much more likely as not, a higher copy of itself, and as many as deemed vital, specifically if they’re sent out into the cosmos to ‘boldly move’ in which likely lots of different robotics probes from other civilizations have gone earlier than. See beneath.

In the timeline of any technologically advanced alien society, odds are outstanding that the bulk of that timeline could be represented by using artificial intelligence relative to wetware or organic intelligence.

Most alien societies could be now not just dozens, loads, thousands of years in advance of human society, however masses of lots to thousands and thousands of years more superior. That is to mention, most alien societies might be artificially intelligent societies; robotic societies if you may.

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They have, for all practical functions, robots or intelligent computer systems or synthetic intelligence (for lack of a better word or word) could have a lifespan measured in such timeframes as to make any interstellar travel equal to human beings taking a leisurely stroll around their nearby park. There’s no want for energy-intensive interstellar velocities even remotely coming near the velocity of mild. The galaxy has been around long sufficient to allow for exploration (and colonization) hundreds of times over at even expansion quotes one percent light speed.

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