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The way things are now... I will be representing myself
Woah now that is the best idea I have seen.
I've heard that benevolent ET's will not appear until we declare an ambassador for ET contact, someone who can represent the interests of humanity as a whole. So who would you pick? please also give your reasons why.
He's got a history-based background and has already done a lot of research into the phenomena; he also believes in full disclosure (no secrets) which would mean there wouldn't be any deal-making behind the backs of the majority.
The case also needs to be made that a full-on vegan would be a better choice than a meat eater. I think that any culture advanced enough to search the stars will be long past the point of eating meat for sustenance, and will not want to interact with creatures who do. The term 'distasteful' is putting it mildly. We don't want to give the impression of being barbarians right off the bat, even if they already know this about us.
I would like to see somebody intelligent, creative, altruistic, humorous, a person who is neither too old or too young, has done a lot of traveling, has more than one language, has children, has hair, owns only one car, has a varied diet, gives a damn about people, gives a damn about the environment, is well versed in history, the arts, science and the diversity of human cultures. Somebody you can have a beer with, somebody you can play a game of chess with and somebody who can cook a nice curry.....
No no no, you have got it all wrong! There can be only one person who is qualified for the job....William Shatner!!!! After all he has experience in dealing with Vulcans, Klingons and Romulans. And he likes horses and whales. And is an environmentalist. Perfect candidate for the job!
Considering the great possibility that extraterrestrials could be wholly or partially machine based intelligence perhaps the thing you're typing on right now would be a better ambassador than any human being.
Google's cloud as ambassador for humanity?