Most Advanced Alien Civilisations Could Be ‘Artificial Life Forms’, Scientist Claims
What if aliens weren’t biological life forms, but instead artificial life forms? According to a recent report published on The Daily Galaxy, scientists like Susan Schneider, of the University of Connecticut, suggest that extraterrestrial beings could actually be “postbiological” life forms. “I do not believe that most advanced alien civilisations will be biological”, Ms Schneider affirmed. “The most sophisticated civilisations will be postbiological, forms of artificial intelligence or alien superintelligence”, she explained.
The America scientist’s beliefs are supported by two main principles: the “short window observation” and the “greater age of alien civilisations”. The first one states that “once a society creates the technology that could put them in touch with the cosmos, they are only a few hundred years away from changing their own paradigm from biology to AI”. On the other hand, the “greater age of alien civilisations is based on the idea that “alien civilizations would be much older than our own”, since “all lines of evidence converge on the conclusion that the maximum age of extraterrestrial intelligence would be billions of years, specifically it ranges from 1.7 billion to 8 billion years”. In consequence, as stated by The Daily Galaxy, “if civilizations are millions or billions of years older than us, many would be vastly more intelligent than we are. By our standards, many would be superintelligent”.
Finally, in the opinion of Ms Schneider, aliens might perfectly be partly biological, but they would not be carbon-based life forms. “Even if they were biological, merely having biological brain enhancements, their superintelligence would be reached by artificial means, and we could regard them as being ‘artificial intelligence’”, the article says. “But she [Ms Schneider] suspects something stronger than this: that they will not be carbon-based. Uploading allows a creature near immortality, enables reboots, and allows it to survive under a variety of conditions that carbon-based life forms cannot. In addition, silicon appears to be a better medium for information processing than the brain itself”, the report continues.
Draw your own conclusions…