If Aliens Attack: Visitors to Earth Will Likely Be Robots

The alien invaders in the new movie “Battle: Los Angeles” are anything but friendly looking. Mechanical components are built right into their stringy bodies, a weapon protrudes from an arm, and machinery bristles along their armored exoskeletons. But like us, the aliens possess slimy internal organs and they can bleed.

This portrayal of extraterrestrials, however, strikes some scientists as unrealistic. Should any real visitors — or conquerors — from space come to our planet, the scientific odds strongly suggest the aliens will be completely artificial forms of life.

“If an extraterrestrial spaceship ever lands on Earth, I bet you that it is 99.9999999 percent likely that what exits that ship will be synthetic in nature,” said Michael Dyer, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles (appropriately enough).

Any civilizations advanced enough to travel between the stars, it is quite likely that machines have supplanted their biological creators, some scientists argue. Automatons — unlike animals — could withstand the hazards to living tissue and the strain on social fabrics posed by a long interstellar voyage.

Furthermore, nonliving beings would not have to worry all that much about the environmental conditions at their destination — if the planet is hot or cold, bacteria-ridden or sterile, has oxygen in the air or is airless, machines would not care.

In short, don’t expect cuddly, squishy E.T.s to come calling someday; instead, picture robots descending from the sky.[Ten Alien Encounters Debunked]

“I fully agree that anyone likely to visit will not be biological beings attacking us like in ‘Battle: Los Angeles,’” said Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute.

“Anyone coming here would likely be confronting many of the same problems that we as biological life would encounter in space,” Shostak said.

Read More…

About these ads

~ by 4people on March 10, 2011.

Leave a Reply


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this:
Trust Rating
Biz Rating