Category Archives: SETI, Aliens & Space

Things out of this world!

A “strong” AI might be impossible – otherwise we’d seen one by now

A recent critical essay by Kevin Kelly on the prospects of “strong” artificial intelligence (AI) has sparked some debate between those who believe that the emergence of a superhuman artificial intelligence is only a matter of time, and between those … Continue reading

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Space system “Shuttle,” part of USA’s nuclear attack arsenal?

  The story of a white elephant colloquially known as the Space Shuttle is familiar to most students of the history of technology. The shuttle was originally touted as a cheap way to access space: being mostly reusable, it would … Continue reading

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MAD with Aliens? Interstellar deterrence and its implications

Previously, I made the case why space aliens, or ETIs (short for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligences) would probably not exterminate humanity out of fear of future competition from us, because a) interstellar warfare either is an uncertain business at best, or, b) … Continue reading

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Would E.Ts try to kill us off? (Nope. They’d be deterred.)

There has been some debate in the sciencey & science fictionish circles about whether searching for and contacting extra-terrestrial aliens is really such a great idea. No less a luminary than Stephen Hawking recently warned the humanity about the possible dangers … Continue reading

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