It almost certainly comes as small surprise that life, at least primarily based on terrestrial life, seeks to expand into any offered virgin niche or territory that makes it possible for it to at least survive, ideally perhaps even thrive. Humans are an apparent case in point. Even so, possibly not also a lot need to be study into that due to the fact liquids and gases can flow or spread into regions and the similar can apply to laptop ‘viruses’. Nevertheless, when you feel of colonization you have a tendency to feel of biology. But biology is no longer confined to the wet and the squishy. Life can now be discovered in silico. Will such artificial life, like laptop ‘viruses’ expand to fill all offered niches? Even if we have sway more than our in silico creations will that apply to ET’s? It really is not challenging to think about extraterrestrial in silico creations generating their way to the Third Rock from the Sun on the quickest spaceship attainable – a light beam.
We would be conscious that SETI, the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence, has its major concentrate on detecting artificial radio signals that (could) have been broadcast from sophisticated alien technologies (if any) from a point or points unknown (but which can be guesstimated). The signals could just be leakage, or they could be deliberate. In either case, they need to stand out from the cosmic background radio noise for the reason that of their artificial building. The rational of searching for radio waves, apart from numerous technical components like radio waves are transparent to our atmosphere, is that radio waves, as all electromagnetic (EM) waves, travel at the cosmic speed limit, the speed of light. So, if you want to communicate and you are far away, EM is the only game in town.
Yet another facet when it comes to life in the cosmos is its spread all through the cosmos. Space operas are complete of boldly going humans that discover and colonize the galaxy, and if they obtain new life types and new civilizations in the approach, properly that could or could not be a excellent issue. On a lesser note, life could have gotten its commence right here on Planet Earth by means of seeding of viable spores from interplanetary and/or interstellar space. Some even recommend a deliberate seeding by alien equivalents of Johnny Appleseed.
But life is not of necessity purely biological. There is artificial intelligence and also biological intelligence housed in a mechanic physique. Alas, they, even spores also, cannot boldly go at maximum light speed (barring undiscovered breakthroughs in physics and propulsion engineering). But what if life could travel at light speed, not in (as passengers or crew) or as spaceships (thoughts in the machine), not as spores, but as EM radiation?
There is a entire market devoted to the creation of artificial life (ALife or a-life) programmed to act and react and evolve inside a Computer. This is frequently carried out to simulate the evolutionary approach due to the fact it is a lot more quickly than breeding fruit flies and other laboratory organisms.
Now the fascinating issue is that these artificial life types are just binary laptop code – bits and bytes. There would appear to be no purpose why some instance of this code, say representing a viable type of a-life, could not be broadcast into the cosmos at light speed. Of course practically all would not finish up interacting with yet another planet with sophisticated technologies, just like generally only one particular seed out of thousands may survive to develop, or just one particular sperm out of billions finish up fertilizing an egg. But some just could effect on a radio telescope, be transferred into a ‘SETI @ Home’ laptop, and obtain a good new property. That laptop code would not almost certainly be recognized as a message rather just a sudden burst of apparently random binary ones and zeros in truth it is not a message. It really is all just a way of spreading out a type of artificial life into new environments.
And there is no dangerous intent behind this. This is not a laptop virus set to wreak havoc right here on Earth prior to the actual flesh-and-blood alien invasion. Sophisticated technological aliens would not need to have to soften us up initially by destroying our data and other goods and-solutions infrastructure initially.
It almost certainly would be comparatively effortless to thwart an invasion situation by a-life if that was the intention even if just by pulling the plug and the cable or hitting the off-switch. As extended as the host machines sit nevertheless and remain place they are sitting ducks. If they commence moving about, issues get a bit a lot more fascinating. But then I try to remember that novel and connected film “Colossus: The Forbin Project” and so perhaps I’d much better hedge my bets. I collect a-life could almost certainly hold us to ransom by generally threatening to incapacitate our infrastructure unless we present good electronic houses for them! On the other hand, they could just hide in the electronic ‘woodwork’ and what we do not know will not hurt us.