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Will first contact be with alien machines ?

Posted on Sunday, 7 June, 2015 | Comment icon 52 comments

Will we find alien machines before the aliens themselves ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Hajor
Astronomer royal Martin Rees believes that we are likely to encounter machine-based extraterrestrials.
During the Cheltenham Science Festival this week the 72-year-old suggested that it is far more likely that we will come across intelligent machines than extraterrestrial biological entities.

"I think it is quite likely that within a few centuries the overriding intelligence will be machines because they will have an easier time spreading beyond the Earth because they are not organic and most exploration will be by machines and not humans," he said.

"If you were to detect a SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) signal it would be far more likely that it would be from a machine and not an organic creature. "
It certainly makes sense that an advanced alien race would use intelligent space probes to explore the galaxy as oppose to visiting every solar system themselves - a scenario that is echoed by our own use of spacecraft and rovers to explore other planets.

Prof Rees also suggested that the human race will develop the means with which to venture out in to space and to colonize other worlds within the next few decades.

"By the end of the century there will be some people living away from the Earth," he said. "We will wish them good look in adapting their progeny who will need genetic adaptations."

"That will be the start of the post-human era because they will evolve to be a new species."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (52)

Tags: Alien, First Contact

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #43 Posted by HerNibs on 8 June, 2015, 14:41
Erasmus and Omnius. That will suck. Nibs
Comment icon #44 Posted by BeastieRunner on 8 June, 2015, 16:26
Since it's probably the most logical way we'd make contact with another for of life, it makes sense that it's probably the most logical way another form of life would contact us. We have lots of probes and satellites floating around out there and perhaps another form of life does as well.
Comment icon #45 Posted by STUPID FACE CHINESE WOMEN on 9 June, 2015, 14:41
Im sure they have their own curiosity/viking rovers..
Comment icon #46 Posted by S2F on 9 June, 2015, 21:25
Forgive me but I understand the physics behind this, and the insurmountable variables of such travel.....but isn't this just conventional thinking? We are assuming our knowledge is the sum of all wisdom. Are we really going to go out on a limb and say we know everything about the universe and the law of physics that govern it? What if we are wrong? And if we are right, then what about Einstein-Rosenberg Bridges or other phenomena that we do not yet know about. We are a race who has barely reached beyond our own moon with anything other than primitive probes yet we are going to claim that we kn... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by Podo on 9 June, 2015, 23:18
I'm just holding out hope that we'll find the Geth hanging out somewhere.
Comment icon #48 Posted by psyche101 on 10 June, 2015, 3:20
In that link I find Agatha Christie's quote spot on. "The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances". Think about it. Didn't Sherlock Holmes say that first??
Comment icon #49 Posted by psyche101 on 10 June, 2015, 3:25
Which is why it would be logical not to waste time sending signals back to where they came from and waiting for a reply, I think the ideas about exploration of space being likely to follow a colonial pattern seem quite sensible. For example, by setting up a forward base in each planetary system that looks promising (and there's so much more than just this planet in this system that would repay study, after all). Signals move at the speed of light already. We could use spectrographs to utilise signals to see if any planets are worth sending probes to., otherwise, it is likely that few missions ... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by psyche101 on 10 June, 2015, 3:55
Forgive me but I understand the physics behind this, and the insurmountable variables of such travel.....but isn't this just conventional thinking? No, in fact I see flaws in it myself and more a second stage than a first, but to be frank, I find Lord Rees incredibly underwhelming. I know he has impressive qualifications, but at time I honestly wonder if he bought them at times, and indeed many of his degrees are honorary. He says more stupid things than any other academic I can think of, and am largely unaware of any major contribution he has offered. We are assuming our knowledge is the sum ... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by Rofflaren on 4 July, 2015, 18:51
Our first contact will be with cylons
Comment icon #52 Posted by gatekeeper32 on 22 July, 2015, 20:34
I remember back in the late 80s reading a magazine article predicting contact made with aliens by the 2000. Hmm 2015 with more predictions of meetings aliens but instead it be a toaster. LOL

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