Today’s ‘Galaxy’ Insight –“The Dominant Intelligence in the Universe May Be Non-Biological”

 

 

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“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 paradigm from biology to artificial intelligence.” The idea is based on the so-called “time scale argument” or “short window observation.” Many researchers predict we’ll have developed a strong artificial intelligence by 2050 here on Earth — about a hundred years after the invention of computers, or a hundred and fifty years after the invention of radio communication. “The point is that, going from inventing radios to inventing thinking machines is very short — a few centuries at most. The dominant intelligence in the cosmos may well be non-biological.”


Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute, and author of Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Image above from Ridley Scott's Prometheus.

 

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