posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 10:57 AM
While discussing the difficulties of keeping advanced A.I. in check with my friend - a new theory concerning Alien visitation came to me.
Perhaps Aliens have determined that A.I. when mixed with nano-technology has a tendency to spiral dangerously out of control.
And although their society had come up with ways to keep this from destroying their civilization - perhaps it took such a toll on them (and maybe many
other populated worlds) that it is now in their "Galactic Federation Charter" (for lack of a better title) to monitor worlds with intelligent life,
and to step in before A.I. is fully realized.
Therefore they monitor us not just for curiosity, and not because of fear of our "curently" feable weaponry and barbaric hostility, but because it
is their duty to prevent outbreaks of "intelligent Grey Goo" throughout the Universe.
Yet they still hang on to a general non-interference policy, until a critical technological achievement occurs.
(And likely they are powerful enough that they don't have to stop it immediately just before it engulfs a significant part of the planet)
Anyways highly speculative I know, but if you consider the implications of an intelligent self-replicationg microscopic hive-minded machine, you can
see that it could pose a problem potentially for even some of the most technologically sophisticated races in the Universe.
Well thats imho at this time.