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According to the statements from a Royal Astronomer, Robots will wipe out humans and take over in ‘just a few centuries’.
As predicted by to royal astronomer Sir Martin Rees, a ROBOT uprising is closer than ever and could end up with machines replacing humans on Earth, and all of that within a few centuries.
Furthermore, Sir Rees predicts that the reign of the robots could last BILLIONS of years beyond human life on Earth.
Sounds a bit Hollywood don’t you think?
Life as we know it, here on Earth, has taken a long time to ‘evolve’ to become what it is today—going through a long path from early proteins and nucleic acids—the building blocks of life, to more complex mammals and homo sapiens.
But robotic life is nothing like that. In fact, machine life has developed at an unnatural rate, and Sir. Rees believes that alien life—elsewhere in the universe—is likely to have taken the same form.
Sir Rees predicts a dark future for mankind.
According to him, mankind’s time on Earth is just a brief “transitional phase” between organic life and the era of machines—which he calls the ‘post-human’ future.
The Royal Astronomer argues that this period could extend into the future billions of years, especially if robots become explorers and develop spacecraft to explore the universe, freeing themselves from confines of needing a planet, an atmosphere, and biosphere to sustain them.
In an interview with the Conversation, Sir Martin said: “My guess is that if we do detect an alien intelligence, it will be nothing like us. It will be some sort of electronic entity.
“The period of time occupied by organic intelligence is just a thin sliver between early life and the long era of the machines.”
“Because such civilizations would develop at different rates, it’s extremely unlikely that we will find intelligent life at the same stage of development as us.”
“More likely, that life will still be either far simpler or an already fully electronic intelligence.”
Sir Rees is firmly convinced that while mankind will explore space in the coming years, traveling to distant alien planets and galaxies will remain out of our reach until our civilization enters the so-called post-human era.
“The journey times are just too great for mortal minds and bodies. If you’re immortal, however, these distances become far less daunting. That journey will be made by robots, not us,” concluded Sir Rees.
Source and reference: Aliens, very strange universes and Brexit – Martin Rees Q&A
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