Originally posted by Jahari
Thats true but even to begin to develop such tech. you first must possess the knowledge to create it. That in itself makes them superior to us. What
we dont know is their morals stances like you've pointed out. Is creed universal? Do all sentient being thirst for power?
Not necessarily 'superior'.
Were an alien species simply average in intelligence, they'd certainly have their own Einsteins, as well as Teslas that could be employed to make
observations, poke at the stuff with instruments, conduct tests, all until a working theory had been developed such that the technology(s) could be
Do any one of you know how to manufacture a cell phone, even a cell phone from 15 years ago, from scratch, from mining the component materials,
printing the circuits, placement of all the chips and other parts including the programming of said chips from blank to fully functional?
I doubt anyone here can. The same could very well apply to any alien species where certain knowledge bases are highly specialized, even controlled
access. Any aliens in such respects that we might meet could then just be representative of the average explorer representation of the species.
There are certainly other probabilities where first contact with an alien culture is most likely to be with machines, probes with simple dumb
programming, or even vastly sophisticated AI.
On encountering probes, the representative civilization could very well be long gone and dead too.
If the probes are 'smart' enough from an AI perspective, the probes could have developed into an entirely separate machine intelligence culture which
could take several forms from autonomous point intelligences, distributed singular intelligence like a hive mind, hostile, benevolent, or even
We ourselves are headed in that direction. I hope soon we'll achieve technological singularity where our machines are 'smarter' than we are, and all
the more where we achieve technology that allows us to switch back and forth between machine and biological bodies. In such a way we would become
effectively personally immortal where we could live as machines in the harsh environs of space, and decant back into purpose grown biological bodies
(of any shape, size, or specialization) similar to the Avatar concept at a whim, or for any purpose.
It's all, however speculation, and time will tell.
I suspect we've a long way to go before any hoped-for or even feared aliens anywhere start showing themselves.
edit on 7-12-2012 by Druscilla because: (no reason given)