Sorry, UFO fans, aliens are probably not almond-eyed, elf-like creatures with an unfathomable obsession with sticking probes up people’s bums.
Instead, they’re much more like to be robots – robots so old it’s difficult to even imagine, according to the Daily Galaxy. Susan Schneider of the University of Connecticut and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton says that alien AI may already be out there, and could be billions of years old. Schneider says, ‘I do not believe that most advanced alien civilizations will be biological. The most sophisticated civilizations will be postbiological, forms of artificial intelligence or alien superintelligence.’ Schneider said in a Daily Galaxy report, ‘all lines of evidence converge on the conclusion that the maximum age of extraterrestrial intelligence would be billions of years, specifically ranges from 1.7 billion to 8 billion years.’
Many researchers believe that the first aliens we encounter will be robots. Many scientists believe that the period from the discovery of radio waves, to organisms turning themselves into immortal robots will be relatively brief.
For instance, Google’s Ray Kurzweil has predicted that man will merge with machine here on Earth in the year 2050. The upshot of this is that it’s far, far more likely that we’ll meet aliens after they’ve turned into machines, according to experts.