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My host smiled and motioned to one of his sons, who then took from a table a number of thin metallic sheets on which were traced drawings of various figures—a house, a tree, a bird, a man, &c. In these designs I recognised my own style of drawing. Under each figure was written the name of it in my language, and in my writing; and in another handwriting a word strange to me beneath it. Said the host, “Thus we began; and my daughter Zee, who belongs to the College of Sages, has been your instructress and ours too.” Zee then placed before me other metallic sheets, on which, in my writing, words first, and then sentences, were inscribed, and under each word and each sentence strange characters in another hand. Rallying my senses, I comprehended that thus a rude dictionary had been effected. Had it been done while I was dreaming? “That is enough now,” said Zee, in a tone of command. “Repose and take food.”
Denebian Probes in the Cambrian Skies
The art of trading with artificial superintelligence
"... and soon you'll learn that the superintelligence is a competing species"
"it looks as if the probes were designed by understanding that the only result they can hope for is a first response hundreds of millions of years into their future. If we assume they first detected our biological atmosphere some time during the Cambrian this would explain the current proliferation of Deneb-type probes in our solar system."
"Let's now assume the probes subsequently detected our artificially generated EM signals leaked to our atmosphere, some hundreds of millions of years after they detected life on this planet; this will signal them that we have reached a stage in which we have finally developed radio and optical transmitters. Computation of the time lapse between the detection of our biological atmosphere in the Cambrian, and the time of the detection of our EM signals, will give them an estimate of how intelligent life develops on Earth. Obviously, they have by now detected artificially generated nuclear radiation from our nuclear detonations, hence they also know how far in the evolutionary chain we are"
"We are certain that probes are currently piling up in the ecliptic, and they are easily detectable on purpose. Whether that's good or bad news we don't know."
"If what they're sending is really genomic sequences data, then we can hypothesize that what they want is us replicating that genomic data in our solar system. If you wish something in exchange for helping them, you got it: the probe itself contains technology which is far out of our current capabilities. All civilizations are greedy about technology, we are no exception; hence putting a probe just in your backyard for you to get it is all they need for their genome spreading on Earth. That's a hard decision to take. Either you tell everyone you've found objects of extraterrestrial origin that you plan to take home, or you simply destroy those probes without even having been able to understand how they work. You have another course of action, though: go fetch them without telling anyone. Is that all about the secret space program?"
- Nothing can be brought back; taking back to Earth samples or objects from other worlds is strictly banned. Period.
- However, I understand you once brought rock samples back to Earth from the Moon?
- Did we?
- I see...
- Look, we are more concerned about non-terrestrial probes in our solar system than about UFOs in our skies. The entire idea about life is survival of species, and sure anyone facing doom will do everything at hand to extend his species, even at the cost of other species. Survival understands no ethics.
originally posted by: sapien82
a reply to: abeverage
You know I check this every few days for the English bits and its always to do with something Im thinking about generally
or something I have been looking at
I still cant figure out why they would go to all of the trouble to code everything then leave parts in plain english
maybe just to keep fools like us interested enough
Im pretty sure they are aliens myself , just the way they talk in emails etc
but so what if they are aliens , at least they arent killing us , they just seem really interested in AI , ufo probes , and teh future of humanity with regards to transhumanism .
I was warned not to entertain the idea of transhumanism by them