#Alien #Astronomers – Intelligent aliens are most likely to be MACHINES, astronomers claims : If humans should ever make contact with an advanced alien species, they might not be the humanoid creatures that we’ve come to expect.
According to Seth Shostak, an astronomer with the SETI Institute, aliens capable of sending signals that can be detected by Earth technologies will likely transcend beyond the biological form to live instead as intelligent machines.
The expert says that any society that’s invented radio – including our own – will ultimately invent its own successor in the centuries to come, shifting toward an all-digital civilization.
The idea of the singularity, when humans will merge with technology, was projected to occur in 2045 by futurist Ray Kurzweil. But at the Dent: Space conference in San Francisco, Space.com reports, Shostak said it ‘doesn’t matter’ when this takes place – the point, rather, is that it’s inevitable.
This same path should be expected for intelligent alien life as well, the expert explains. ‘Maybe it takes to 2100, or 2150, or 2250. It doesn’t matter. ‘The point is, any society that invents radio, so we can hear them, within a few centuries, they’ve invented their successors,’ Shostak said at the conference, according to Space.com.
‘And I think that’s important, because the successors are machines. ‘It’ll be like – you build a four-cylinder engine. You put it in a horse to get a faster horse. ‘And pretty soon you say, ‘’Look, let’s get rid of the horse part and just build a Maserati.’’ So that’s probably what’s going to happen.’