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Are UFOs the creation of Post-Singularity Intelligences?

From the article What Are They? by Richard M. Dolan

I have come to a different conclusion. I concede that my position is provisional, and may change in time. But the more I reflect on it, the more persuasive I find it. It is that the UFO phenomenon is the product of an artificial intelligence. Advanced machine intelligence, vastly outstripping our own, biological, intelligence.

Now, many people believe that machine intelligence is involved somehow in the phenomenon of UFOs. What I am suggesting is that it is the driving force.

I assume that I am not the only proponent of this idea, but I am not aware of any other UFO researcher who has expressed it in this way. Back in the 1960s, there was one writer whose thoughts moved in this direction, or who at least entertained the possibility. That was Ivan Sanderson, surely one of the most original thinkers ever to write about UFOs.

It is a shame that Sanderson, a biologist by profession, wrote only two books on UFOs. It is a greater shame that he is all but forgotten today. His first book, Uninvited Visitors (1967) remains among the most sophisticated analyses yet done on the possible nature of UFOs (Sanderson called them Unexplained Aerial Objects, or UAOs).

Too long to summarize here, Sanderson methodically asked, not what UAOs were, but what they could be. He developed a six page outline of the possibilities. Thus, they could be inanimate or animate. If inanimate, they might be natural, or artificial, each possibility with several subsets. If animate, they could also be natural or artificial. Natural forms might include life-forms indigenous to space, or to atmospheres, or to solid bodies. Artificial forms might be domesticated natural life-forms, genetically created life forms, or biochemically created life forms.

I have theorized along these same lines and had rather lengthy discussions about it too. When theories about a technological Singularity were put forth during the late 1980s, early 1990s, most people, especially main stream researchers, scoffed at the idea of super-intelligent machines improving themselves exponentially leaving us, biological intelligences, in the mud so to speak. If this is the evolutionary path biological intelligences take in order to spread out through interstellar space, surely beings that emerged during an earlier history of our galaxy must’ve crossed this threshold? All it would take is one civilization.

Actually, the idea of biological beings creating and leaving super-AI descendants or gradually becoming them through cyborgization is an old idea. Ronald Bracewell in 1960 theorized that advanced space going cultures might send out intelligent probes instead of radio signals to contact more primitive species. Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke used this theme to great effect with the black Monolith in 2001:A Space Odyssey. Another sci-fi author, Philip K. Dick in his novels VALIS and Radio Free Albemuth posited an ancient intelligent interstellar probe from Sirius in orbit around Earth influencing past and present human culture.

So why shouldn’t we think that a collective-intelligence nanoswarm type machines been here for millenia experimenting with us primitives just for amusement? How could we guess what motivates these intelligences, if that’s what they are?

Is that any crazier than the Big Bang Theory, God or Tipler’s Omega Point?

Hat tip to Posthuman Blues