The existence of sentient alien robots doesn’t sound very realistic. However, the possibility cannot be negated either. What if we are living in a post-biological universe? And what if there are extraterrestrials that have exchanged organic brains for artificial ones?
Today, the driving factor is the desire to improve one’s mental capacity. During their evolution process, it is likely that aliens may have exhausted their potential of having biological brains. They may have opted for robotic brains with artificial intelligence. This swap is possible for humans too.
In recent decades, with computer revolution, supercomputers are performing a quadrillion calculation per second. According to a study conducted by Hans Moravec, an artificial intelligence expert at the Carnegie Mellon University, human brain can calculate up to 100 trillion calculations per second. Some scientists believe that an event called technological singularity will take place and machines with computer brains will surpass human intelligence.
In fact, civilizations with technology light years ahead of us may have already experienced this singularity millions of years ago.
Does Robotic Race Exist?
The question that still looms around is how likely a robotic race exists? With the given limitations of biology, the cultural evolution, and the imperative to improve intelligence, the chances are greater than 50/50. With this in mind, if post-biological beings do exist, they may not be interested in us at all. However, the gulf that exists between their minds and ours can be so much that communication is impossible.
According to Michael Dyer, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles, “If an extraterrestrial spaceship ever lands on earth, then what comes out of that ship will be synthetic in nature.”
Scientists affirm that in advanced civilizations, it is likely that the machines could have supplanted their biological creators as far as space travel is concerned because automatons can withstand the hazards to living tissue and the strain imposed on social fabrics during their space journey. Further to this study, non-living beings do not have to worry about environmental conditions of the planet.
Dyer has identified four paths that can eventually lead to the substitution of humans and other biological likes. The first path is through dependence. Increasing reliance on machines to do our work will give way to robots.
The second path is the use of Terminators or cybernetic fighting forces by nations. Dyer adds, “Each country builds intelligent and autonomous robots for combat purposes. Enemies lose because they have no control over the robots that are fighting them.”
The third path is that of machine supremacy which is likely to happen when our brain-based consciousness transfers to synthetic media.
The fourth and the last path is through travel into interstellar space. It will occur when space travel is difficult for natural bodies. On the other hand, robots will find space travel easier as they can stay dormant and can be awakened with the help of a simple timer. Even if some planets are inhospitable for living bodies, the robots will remain unaffected by the planetary conditions. Similarly, space radiation will not affect machines.
No matter how these devices may end up in charge, their expansion into space seems inevitable at this point of time.