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Miniature robots could be good spies, but researchers now are experimenting with insect cyborgs or "cybugs" that could work even better.
Scientists can already control the flight of real moths using implanted devices.
The military and spy world no doubt would love tiny, live camera-wielding versions of Predator drones that could fly undetected into places where no human could ever go to snoop on the enemy.
Developing such robots has proven a challenge so far, with one major hurdle being inventing an energy source for the droids that is both low weight and high power.
It is believed by some scientists that when we surpass the technology singularity by making massively hyper intelligent machines that the time period future following this event will exist beyond our imagination.
This means that computerized minds will operate at levels trillions and trillions of times more powerful than the regular Human mind. These unbelievably brilliant machine beings will be able to accomplish goals beyond the comprehension of Humanity. We literally can't understand what this mega super intelligence will be able to do.
Those scientists, who are attempting to perfect mind boggling advanced artificial intelligence beyond the imagination, are really on the quest for secret and hidden knowledge about reality and the world surrounding us. Basically, if we can reach the technological singularity, then Humans can unlock important and crucial secrets involving physics, science in general and the entire Universe.
It might even be a search for God or whatever supernatural spirit realm might exist beyond our perception including the meaning of life and other treasured secrets. Creating massively intelligent machines might give us facts about existence that we can't find on our own. Mega hyper advanced machines, which are profusely more ingenious when compared to simple Humans, probably can discover knowledge about the Universe we currently don't have and things we can't even comprehend.
As a result, if extraterrestrials aliens want to remain hidden forever in the shadows, then there's nothing we can do about it. We will always be technologically below any advanced alien extraterrestrial society. In the end, even if we create artificial intelligence trillions and trillions of times more powerful than ordinary Human brains, we will be unable to unlock the hidden secrets of knowledge like the meaning of life and the existence of supernatural immortals including the Alpha and the Omega.
But you’re also trying to be careful not to introduce any harmful bacteria to anything that might already be living on Mars?
Pete Worden: Exactly. Until we understand the full biospheres of both planets, we’ll want to be careful. So, sterile robots can begin to help us do that. We’re pretty sure that there’s no life on the surface of Mars, or at least nowhere we’ve looked, but there may be life sub-surface. We already know from the Phoenix Lander that right below the surface is a permafrost. One of the things we’re doing here at NASA Ames is developing autonomous robots and drills that can drill down into that permafrost. We learned from Apollo that it’s hard to drill on other planets. The rock characteristics are different… and different in a way you can’t predict.
We have already done a lot of work on autonomous robots, which is the first step. Many of the Mars robots we’ve sent there have JPL on the outside and NASA Ames on the inside, since a lot of the software has been developed right here.
Next, we’ll want to build self-replicating robots, and that’s why nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and other technologies being worked on at Singularity University are so interesting. When you start looking at self-replicating robots, a biologist would tell you “Well, we already know how to do that. Those are called living cells. Microbes,” in particular. So one of the obvious questions is: Can we begin to take existing microbes and engineer them to do things? And then, at some point, can you actually create synthetic life that can be engineered to extract the materials you need and construct environments?
We have a research group here at NASA Ames that is looking at “extremophiles,” life forms able to operate under highly extreme conditions, such as close to the boiling point of water, or in highly acidic conditions. These conditions may or may not represent exactly what you’d find on Mars, but we’ve been able to extract these self-replicating proteins and are beginning to figure out how you can replicate them to manipulate metals to construct substrates, and maybe even grow an electronic component.
Originally posted by esteay812
We could cross the singularity, discover time travel, immortality, the spiritual world, or pretty much anything else you can imagine.
We could even find that the E.T.'s that may be visiting us are actually ourselves, post singularity - possibly coming here from a different dimension.
These things are definitely very interesting to me and I hope you guys can add your ideas here and maybe have a nice thread to get the mind working in new and unusual areas. Hope you don't give me too hard a time here, just having a bit of fun with the possibilities of some of these things.
edit on 10-3-2011 by esteay812 because: CLASSIFIED
HI-MEMS program director Amit Lal credits science fiction writer Thomas Easton with the idea. Lal read Easton's 1990 novel Sparrowhawk, in which animals enlarged by genetic engineering (called Roachsters) were outfitted with implanted control systems.
Dr. Easton, a professor of science at Thomas College, sees a number of applications for HI-MEMS insects.
Moths are extraordinarily sensitive to sex attractants, so instead of giving bank robbers money treated with dye, they could use sex attractants instead. Then, a moth-based HI-MEMS could find the robber by following the scent."
"[Also,] with genetic engineering Darpa could replace the sex attractant receptor on the moth antennae with receptors for other things, like explosives, drugs or toxins," said Easton.
Originally posted by esteay812
reply to post by Angelic Resurrection
Hopefully we don't destroy our planet or even a larger part of the universe with technological endeavors. If we did, would it really matter, if there were no one alive to know what ever existed here anyway? That is surely the future, one way or the other, given enough time.
Originally posted by esteay812
reply to post by FlyInTheOintment
They may already have some type of quantum entanglement, inter-stellar spy device that allows them to see, hear, and interact with anything they want instantaneously. I imagine that is possible for a post sungularity civilization as well.