The Odds of Contacting ET Are Nil, Despite That They Are Already Watching (cont.)
By Jim Elvidge
There is no reason to suspect that Moore's Law wouldn't hold for any high tech civilization. It has held steady over the past 40 years, for some of the technology trends identified above. So, anything one hundred or more years beyond our own technology would certainly be extremely advanced compared to where we are today. Taking Moore's law out another hundred years could have us increasing various aspects of our technology by a factor of 1,000,000,000,000,000 (a million billon). Considering that high technology civilizations could last millions of years, or billions once they learn to avoid regional cosmic cataclysms, their technology would be unimaginable. As Arthur C. Clarke once said, "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."5
So, back to the idea of what I meant by "well beyond our own"...
Even considering what we are working on now - what we consider "on the horizon," let's do just a little bit of extrapolation.
- Nanotech is in its infancy. We will
soon be able to create matter in any form we want. Want a steak
for dinner? Just program the molecular assembler. Want to
redecorate? Molecular assembler. Create an arbitrarily
complex rocket engine? You guessed it - molecular
assembler. Atomic assemblers, string assemblers (assuming
that theory gets legs) will be right around the corner.
- Nuclear power. Fission will be
obsolete. Fusion will be obsolete. Matter-antimatter
reactions will be routine. Perhaps even tapping into that
zero point energy created by quantum fluctuations. At any
rate, energies capable of traveling the universe should be
- Teleportation. Yesterday was particles, then atoms. Today molecules. Tomorrow macroscopic objects.
- Invisibility and Cloaking. For
decades, we have been able to cloak our spy planes to the point of being
impervious to radar, our submarines to be impervious to
sonar. Now we can bend light around objects so that they
appear impervious to visible light. It will not be long before it
is a simple matter to become completely invisible.
- Bending space at will in order to exceed the speed of light.
Estimates of the levels of energy need to do this have already
been drastically reduced and should be well within the
exponentially advancing technologies achievable in hundreds or
thousands of years. And even if that doesn't happen, there
are plenty of other cracks in relativity to exploit.
- The power of consciousness. The
Princeton PEAR research proved the power of mass
consciousness. Dean Radin, Rupert Sheldrake and others have
scientifically proven the existence of consciousness effects
currently unexplained (aka paranormal, e.g. telepathy). We
will learn to tap into these, focus them, and exploit them.
At that point, we will not even need the high energies or space
bending technologies mentioned above.
- Brain Computer Interfaces.
Researchers can already accurately determine what people are
looking at by analyzing brain waves. Today’s artificial
retinas are at the infancy of brain enhancement technology.
Scientists have demonstrated the ability to selective erase
memories in mice. We will soon be able to enhance human brain
function significantly, selectively erase memories, selectively
inject memories, and create fully immersive simulations
indistinguishable from reality.
- Artificial Intelligence. Even if
humanity doesn't develop the power to communicate remotely at
instantaneous speeds, the combination of AI and entanglement will.
Computers will pass the Turing test within a few years.
Transhumanists believe that we will merge with machines within just
a few decades and effectively become immortal (reference “The
Singularity”). While I acknowledge the inevitability of these
trends, I disagree that AI will be sentient in the same sense that
we are. But it doesn’t really matter, because I believe that
our souls will not mind occupying highly advanced cybernetic machines
at first, and pure AI later on.