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the search for ET is really a search for robots
« on: August 23, 2010, 06:53:52 AM »
Something discussed here on SoR 4 years ago . . .

It basically says the time between a species developing advanced tech and basically becoming a robotic/cybernetic species is relatively short, so if we were to SETI (yea, I used it as a verb), then we should be looking for planets compatible with robots and not lifeforms . . .

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11041449

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Re: the search for ET is really a search for robots
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2010, 10:12:42 AM »
Hm.. very interesting!! I like that idea.

I was just thinking, considering if there are artificially created species out there, that are basically robotic/cybernetic, the speed at which they would develop technology would be extremely rapid. If that were the case, why have they not contacted us first, which would probably be very easy for them? We are very late to the party and still nothing - what are the chances that we are actually the first in the line of smart species. So, if this robotic species were developed just 100,000 years ago, chances are they would have found us by now. Is there a reason they choose not to make contact, have they tried already, or are we just first? Hmmmm

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Re: the search for ET is really a search for robots
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2010, 11:30:40 AM »
Maybe what we consider communication is a completely foreign thing to other beings.
http://xkcd.com/638/
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Re: the search for ET is really a search for robots
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2010, 01:42:36 PM »
Maybe what we consider communication is a completely foreign thing to other beings.
http://xkcd.com/638/

Its like someone 100 years ago trying to detect a GPS signal, or find a weak 128-bit encrypted wireless transmission of a webpage and trying to make any sense of it. Actually, much harder . . .

Point being, ET robots may be better off on a planet that doesn't rain or have any significant atmosphere . . . places where traditional SETI aliens wouldn't be found . . .

 


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