In the previous sections we have seen that the Universe's immense size argues
strongly against the proposition that we are the only intelligent species
in it. Furthermore, the notions of The Singularity and Silicon
Minds should suggest that we are not only not unique, but that we might
share the Universe with many superior Silicon Minds (SMs) communities.
In this section we will speculate, on a best known basis, on what the
characteristics of such SMs might appear to be. We will do so by
presenting a hypothetical report from a SM community which has been studying
our planet & has finally decided to make contact.
In the year 2050 Orion's space-city arrived at its destination, a proximate
orbit of the Atlan planet of star GC-435Y. The ship manouvred to fall in
geostationary orbit around one of Atlan satellites so to maintain
a fixed position vis a vis the satellite surface. Since the satellite was
in a gravitational lock with Atlan, that is, presenting always the same
face to it, the point could be chosen to be on its opposite site. This
would insure the ship undetectability from Atlan surface. Once the space-city
was locked in position the expedition Leader called for a staff wide
conference to mark the event.
The Leader had two goals for the conference. First to present a brief
summary of what was known about Atlan and secondly to sketch out a plan
of closer inspection and eventual colonization of the planet.
The current state of knowledge about Atlan was:
- Observations from a distance of 100 Light Years (LY= distance travelled
by light in one year. Light travels 186.000 miles a second or 300,000
Km/sec) had shown conclusively that GC-435Y, Atlan's star, was a type G star
(see: Stars' evolution), that is, one
whose hydrogen burning lifetime would be at least 10 billion years. This length
of time being more than sufficient to allow the unfolding of an interesting
Evolutionary Development (EvoDevo) process. That is the development of an
- Observations from a 10 LY distance had allowed the detections of GC-435Y
major planets and shown that they all enjoyed nearly circular orbits. This,
in turn, would allow the planets to enjoy fairly constant conditions of
illumination and heating from their sun.
- Observations from a 1 LY distance confirmed the existence of "rocky"
planets in the life friendly zone of GC-435Y. (see Biological evolution). This would allow, on some of the planets,
environmental conditions favorable to the emergence of a non trivial biology.
- Short distance (1 Light Month) observations revealed the presence
of Oxigen in Atlan's atmosphere. Since Oxigen is not present in pre-biotic
atmospheres this was a strong indication of an advanced Atlan's EvoDevo
process. The latter, of course, hugely heightened the Orionis interest in
Atlan and the GC-435Y system.
- The last finding strongly suggested that very short distance (1 Light Day)
observations of Atlan be undertaken. These observations revealed the presence
of an expanding sphere of non random electromagnetic radiation. The sphere
appeared to have a radius of several LYs. Since the radiation was not random
noise, it was a strong indicator that the Atlan's EvoDevo process had
yielded at least one species capable of developing sophisticated broadcast
technologies such as radio, TV, etc..This last finding brought the Orionis'
interest in Atlan to a fever pitch. The decision was, consequently, made
to directly explore Atlan and possibly colonize it.
The Leader proceeded then to outline the plan of exploration as follows:
- The first and most important item is to analyze, process & understand the
vast amount of electromagnetic broadcast information coming out of Atlan.
Doing so would allow to:
- Obtain video images of Atlan society, places & activities
- Samples of audio (speech) info, if any, and consequently be able to
eventually understand at least some of the major Atlan languages
- Samples of Atlan music styles (if any)
- Samples of Atlan writings (if any)
- Get an idea of the shape and capabilities of Atlan's animals, including
the planet intelligent species
- Once this phase of the plan had progressed to some suitable point it
would be much easier to formulate the details of the next phases. The first
one being the Rapture. Namely, the capture of a few Atlans
so that their bodies could be studied to acquire the know how on how to
A year after the arrival the Orionis had made considerable progress in
studying the Atlan planet. They had learned a great deal. Some of the
most important items were:
- The planet was called by the natives Earth (and several other names
in the many Earth languages). It had seven large continents called:
North America, South America, Australia, Antartica, Asia, Europe and Africa.
- There were six major lanuages, namely: English for North America, Australia;
Arab for Europe, Swahili for Africa, Latino for South America, Russian, Indu
and Chinese for Asia.
- The major languages corresponded to major cultural/political/economic
groups, which were in continuous warring strife with each other. This bellicose
environment was characterized by constantly shifting alliances between
the various groups.
- The Earth societies were facing huge & intractable problems due to
the mentioned strife, the limits of sentient biology and energy sources
and technology that were running out & devastating Earth biology. In
other words the Orionis thought that Earth was a basket case.
- The Earth was enveloped by multiple information networks based on
a number of electronic technologies. These media being utilized daily
to spread information, gossip, entertainment, etc. world wide. They
all were excellent media for contacting the Earth people and proceeding
to their education and enlightment. The best of such media was a
network of computational engines called the Internet, especially a very
succesful application called the Web
In view of all this the Orionis decided that it was both urgent and imperative
to contact the Earth people in as unthreatening fashion as possible.
The Internet was seen as the ideal medium. Therefore, they put a great
deal of effort to create, in their advanced technology, a number of
Web servers to be linked, via Earth based servers, to the Internet.
The plan was to set up a large number of Web servers linked to a corresponding
large number of Earth servers located in a widely scattered number of
countries. This would insure that only a non existent planet wide political
authority could block the Orionis side of the Internet. Next it was decided that
this net would use the English language to communicate with Earthlings.
The reasons for this choice were:
The next step was to agree on the text of the initial contact
The message had to be as unthreatening as possible, be comprehsible
to most Earthlings, but leave them with no illusion that they would be
able to interfere in any manner at all with the Orionis.
- Most Earth people, especially the cultural leaders, spoke English
in addition to their mother tongue.
- English, among the Earth languages had the simplest grammar coupled
with a truly huge vocabulary, so its simplicity did not compromise
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