The Evolutionary Endpoint

Today's thought: Machine intelligence is thought to be the endpoint of the evolutionary process in which the universe becomes too hostile to support organic life. However, a scary thought would be; what if machine intelligence has already evolved in the deep recesses of space but has yet failed to find a way to traverse the universe to us here on Earth.

Once removed from the constraint of the evolutionary process machine life would evolve at a pace trillions of times faster than our own so it would be likely these machines would ultimately adapt to a way to traverse space into our very galaxy. The question then becomes how would they deal with us? Would they see us as little more than we see ants? 

Our only hope would be they evolve similar emotions but those very emotions that we call love, anger, hate etc are weaknesses that prevent humans from evolving at speed and it's likely these machines would not have them but instead follow a single command - colonise - in such cases we would require exterminating to make way for the "master race". 

Adolf HitlerWe all know that even our own history has seen this happening so why wouldn't it be possible that machine intelligence would see our weakness as not required?

Faced with self replicating, constant improving, self learning without the confines of emotion our machine visitors wouldn't be like Terminator at all - they'd have no need to make war - they'd just destroy us the same way we rid pavements of ants.

On the flip side suppose machine intelligence hasn't yet happened and we are creating our own next stage evolution by creating Adam & Eve and labelling our creation virtual intelligence

Pandora's box might not be too far from a reality the question is do we control its evolution or does its evolution control us?

Humanity has always assumed it's the biggest boy in the schoolyard but it cannot rule out the existence of life across the trillions of light years in galaxies that started trillions of years before us. With a trillion years head start what have they become? Has the organic life been phased out as their own evolutionary endpoint is reached and machines evolve?

The Stoics believe that to be content and to grow as a person one should change what can be changed and ignore what cannot be changed - Stoicism. Any machine with an evolved intelligence would likely see us as something that can be changed through systematic eradication after all have we ourselves done the same through history?

Our history, our evolution and our entire system of belief be that Christian, Atheist, Polytheism and so on is created over a fraction of time in fact humanity, everything in it from the creation of Earth itself represents...

0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000001% of the history of the universe.

Our entire galactic timeline is but a fraction of a milli-second compared to the the galaxies that where around trillions of years before us so the question is have they just not reached us yet?

A self replicating, autonomous and intelligent machine would likely be travelling across the millions of light year void already on its way to say hello. Freed from the constraint of biological makeup the vastness of space and even time wouldn't really matter as it's likely they would simply "shut down" until they reach our proximity. 

The percentage above reduced by a single ZERO would account for a billion years of additional evolution to a planet outside of our constraints.

Are we all alone?

The question brings about religious, used religious, agnostic and atheistic responses but one thing is for sure - we are most certainly NOT the biggest boys in the schoolyard and perhaps there's a bigger boy already on their way ready to steal our lunch money!

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Gary Smith posted on Friday 3rd September 2021 08:38

Very deep, very good!

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