Alien life may have already been replaced by ROBOTS, Astronomer Royal claims
Is ET a ROBOT? Astronomer Royal says alien civilizations may have already moved from ‘flesh and blood’ to machines – and humans will eventually do the same
- Alien life may take the form of robots that have outlived their creators
- The same fate could befall humans on Earth, claims Astronomer Royal
- He also mentioned that taking over robots at the Cheltenham Science Festival was a possibility
Alien life on other planets could be in the form of robots that outlived their creators, according to the Astronomer Royal.
And alarmingly, that’s the same fate that can befall humans on Earth as well.
Numerous Hollywood movies have presented the possibilities of robots becoming self-conscious and deciding to destroy humans so they can rule the world.
But Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, told Cheltenham Science Festival that adopting robots was a possibility.
Alien life on other planets could be in the form of robots that outlived their creators
Astronomer Royal Martin Rees told Cheltenham Science Festival that taking over robots was a possibility
DOES FOREIGN LIFE EXIST?
Life has never been found outside the Earth; there is no evidence that extraterrestrial life has ever visited our planet.
However, according to NASA, this does not mean that the universe is lifeless except on Earth.
The space agency says: “While no obvious signs of life have ever been detected, the possibility of alien biology — the scientific logic that supports it — has become increasingly plausible.”
A popular line of thinking is that our own existence is proof that there is definitely life on other planets, as the chances of Earth being a “one time thing” are close to zero.
An argument against this, however, is: if there is extraterrestrial life, why haven’t we found evidence for it?
On extraterrestrial life, he said, “I think if we discovered something artificial, I don’t think it would be a flesh-and-blood civilization like ours.
“I think it will be something robotic and electronic.
“If we imagine a timeline for our Earth, it took almost four billion years for simple life to develop into a civilization, and we have technology at most a few thousand years.
‘It is certain that after a few centuries – 1000 years – we will be replaced by electronic entities.
“And they would be almost immortal and they could go on like that for the rest of the history of the universe.
“They can go on like this for a few billion years.”
Lord Rees told the Hay Festival last month that humans can survive on other planets by making future explorers part cyborg.
He suggested that modern space pioneers could try to adapt themselves and become a mixture of “flesh, blood, and electronics,” though he suggested the idea of humans moving en masse to Mars was a delusion.
In Cheltenham, he said manned spaceflight should be left to entrepreneurs like billionaires Elon Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos rather than NASA, as they can send people into space more cheaply at a higher risk than a public agency.
Lord Rees told the Hay Festival last month that humans can survive on other planets by making future explorers part cyborg
Speaking of future private spaceflights for ordinary people, rather than astronauts, Lord Rees said, “Even if the risks were high, there would be a lot of volunteers.
‘The kind of people who go hang gliding or dangerous mountain climbing, etc.’
He said some people even accept a one-way trip to space, in the spirit of early explorers, and want to live in space.
“By 2100, by the end of the century, I expect there will be some courageous thrill-seekers who have made the 200-day journey to Mars,” he added.
Why space explorers trying to survive on other planets can really become Cybermen
It’s a question that has put many space enthusiasts into orbit: how will humans survive on other planets?
Now one of the country’s leading astronomers believes the answer could be even more of this world — by making future explorers part cyborg.
Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, said modern space pioneers could try to adapt themselves and become a mix of “flesh, blood and electronics.”
Referring to entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk, Lord Rees told the Hay Festival: “These intrepid explorers on Mars will be out of the clutches of the regulators and they will have every incentive to adapt themselves because they are very ill-adapted for Mars.