Intelligent aliens will have merged with machines and we will too, states expert

Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) institute, one of the globe’s leading alien hunting group, believes that the rise of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) is inevitable on any life-harbouring planet, including Earth.

Speaking at a presentation at the Dent:Space conference in San Francisco, Mr Shostak said that transforming into AI is the natural evolution of any intelligent civilisation.

The alien hunter points to the technological progress of humanity, which began with the invention of the radio in 1900 then the computer in 1945.

This, he says, is the beginning of the rise of the machines, and once a civilisation has begun the process, then there will soon be a singularity – where machines will eventually exceed the dominant race.

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