A Harvard professor is claiming that aliens will refuse to speak to human beings if they decide to come to Earth, and they will choose to bond with AIs instead.
Avi Loeb, the longest serving chair of Harvard's Department of Astronomy, has claimed in an upcoming documentary that that alien life would be more likely to befriend AIs before human beings due to a likely “kinship.”
"If they visit us, of course, we can use our AI systems to interpret their AI systems. And, you know, they might feel a kinship to them,” the professor said in the upcoming "God Vs. Aliens” documentary.
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He added that because interstellar journeys may take generations to complete, it was more likely that aliens would send their own AIs to explore the universe and make contact with other species.
"My expectation from interstellar travel is that it's best done with electronic gadgets and devices rather than with biological creatures because the journey takes a long time,” he added,Fox reports.
"Even to the nearest star, it will take us 50,000 years to get there with chemical rockets. And artificial intelligence systems have that patience – and then they can remain dormant … so that they survive the journey.”
Space agencies like NASA and the ESA have already been using AI systems to help them in their quests to map the universe, but Loeb appears to be saying that AI will play a far greater role in space exploration than we ever predicted.
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The professor’s words come just weeks after the US Department of Defence revealed that it has so far managed to investigate more than 800 apparent UFO sightings.
The Daily Star reportedthat while the Pentagon receives between 50 and 100 UFO reports a month, very few are strange enough to warrant a full investigation.
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