Just a quick thought on why we’re alone or at least we think we’re alone! If you have read the Three-Body Problem sci-fi trilogy, then you may compel to agree with the author that other aliens don’t want to be seen at all costs! The idea is that once an intelligent world is being discovered it could be the end of it.
Imagine an intelligent world that is being developed to the point that it needs to colonize other planets to sustain its population and civilization. This world thus would go out of its way to strip resources of other planets and stars. The hungriness of such a world would not be stopped and it would grow infinitely until their technology got so great that they could outstrip an entire galaxy for resources.
Aliens might not want to see such a world to develop to such capacity that would compete against their own world, and so destroying an undeveloped world as fast as possible would be the easiest thing to do. Of course, we could not know what the aliens would think. Perhaps some aliens out there prefer peace over war. Perhaps, some aliens prefer to see the whole universe teems with colorful civilizations.
Personally, I think there could be aliens out there that are so developed and advanced to the point that they could hide in plain sight and we just don’t have the technology to see them. Some aliens could be so advanced that they don’t need to colonize and change the ecosystem of a planet for survival because they could modify themselves to fit into any environment! For all, we could know they could fly in a poisonous gaseous environment and would still feel like taking a stroll on a warm Sunday afternoon.
As we’re looking for a Goldilocks solar system to test our theory of finding existing alien life, these aliens may just be in plain sight but we won’t know it as we’re too focusing on the wrong environment. In short, we’re guessing but we could be off for miles. Perhaps, aliens don’t live in a Goldilocks environment? Perhaps they are and they have the technology to prevent us from seeing them or seeing their solar system?
I read something on the Internet today, and the article mentioned that a star, Gliese 710, is heading toward our solar system. This is interesting to me since I have only heard of other smaller bodies of space to be traveling around like a comet or so, but something as big as 60% of our Sun could be traveling like this is something new to me entirely. The article mentioned that in about 1.35 million years or so, this star would enter our solar system and cut through Oort Cloud which may trigger lots of other smaller bodies of space to travel in earth’s direction. This could mean lot of stuffs could hurl toward earth and create lots of destructions.
Anyhow, that is interesting, but my imagination is running wild again. I’m thinking that if an alien civilization out there that is so advance in which they have the knowledge of turning a star or a planet into a spaceship. Perhaps, they could travel to another solar system like so without ever needing a smaller spaceships to do so. They could breed and live as usual in a planet size spaceship, and once they arrive at a solar system they would carry on their whatever they have had in mind.
Nonetheless, the question is can the aliens remember their objectives after 1.35 million years? Or perhaps, in couple hundred thousands more years, the aliens already know how to speed up their star size spaceship to the point that it will reach earth for let’s say in half the time of 1.35 million years?
Anyhow, this is only a scenario in which my imagination runs wild on, and so don’t take what I’m writing here literally. For all we know, perhaps it’s only a star which hurls toward earth’s direction. Nonetheless, as an intelligent species, us humans should be opened to all possibilities, and only in this manner that we may never be caught by any surprise which could have a devastation on us all.
Will humanity last? What will happen after humanity? When humanity is gone, will the world contain only primitive animals and plants only? Or perhaps, post-humanity will have only robots? We humans are worrying that Darwinism will eventually wipe out humanity, because smarter robots or whatever would rule the world instead of us. We fear that when we are no longer at the top of the food chain, we are going to be beaten and eaten by whatever just like how we have done to the animals. For an example, when the robots got so smart that they would eventually squash the humans like how the humans have been squashing the cockroaches. Like a bug!
I think the fears that we have had about post-humanity scenarios are the good things, because these fears make us think about things that we would never have thought of before, if ever. Furthermore, I think if something that is way smarter than us, the whatever should understand the compassion part. After all, we humans do understand what is compassion, and so we strive out to preserve species, refusing to let them go extinct. If humans can understand compassion, I sure hope the next species or whatever that would be smarter than us can also understand the importance of having compassion.
I think, nobody knows the future or if there even is a good scenario for a post-humanity, but one truth to be told and we should know too is that nothing lasts forever. The next top dog species that will come after post-humanity probably will also understand of the truth that is nothing last forever. Nonetheless, even though we know this, we should not just discard humanity altogether, because humanity is us. We should strive to improve ourselves till post-humanity.
By now you probably are wondering why I keep on mentioning post-humanity even though there maybe a futuristic scenario in which the robots would rule the world but the humans are going to exist anyway, because the robots are so smart that they would understand what is compassion. Even if this scenario will exist in the future, I must have to admit that it’s post-humanity scenario, because this very scenario would hold a truth in which humanity is no longer at the very top of the food chain. Robot compassion post-humanity scenario would be good regardless, because we will continue to carry on the existence of humanity. Nonetheless, we can never know what will happen after post-humanity, because we cannot see the future. We can only hope that we will be able to exist long after post-humanity. After all, we should strive to preserve our species at all costs.
David Martines, a YouTube user, had used Google Mars to find a shape of something that wasn’t typically identifiable with normal things such as rocks, and he suggested that the thing he found on Google Mars could be something made by someone, whether that was made by aliens or us humans. Google Mars is something similar to Google Earth, but it’s for Mars. I’m quoting Wikipedia’s exact text on Google Mars:
Google Mars was at first an in-browser version of Google Maps which provides a visible imagery view, like Google Moon, as well as infrared imagery and shaded relief (elevation) of the planet Mars. Users can toggle between the elevation, visible, and infrared data, in the same manner as switching between map, satellite, and hybrid modes of Google Maps. In collaboration with NASA scientists at the Mars Space Flight Facility located at Arizona State University, Google Mars provided the public with data collected from two NASA Mars missions, Mars Global Surveyor and 2001 Mars Odyssey.
David Martines called the thing as Bio Station Alpha. The video below shows David Martines’s discovery of a strange object on Mars through the use of Google Mars.
Update: Unfortunately, the video had been removed by this YouTube user!
Sources: http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110606/us_yblog_thelookout/armchair-astronaut-mars-video-goes-viral, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Mars