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SES 311 Blog 3: Artificial Intelligence

In the search for intelligent life, it is very possible for us to encounter an artificial intelligence created by a species more advanced than us. A sufficiently advanced form of AI could be indistinguishable from natural intelligence as we know it. The question of intelligence questions what we think is true of intelligent and sentient life forms. How would we distinguish between the two, and if we encounter an AI vs another species, do we accept them as a representative of their creators? Do we accept them as a life form if we can't tell the difference? Would we accept our own AI creations as sentient beings?Here is my point of view on these questions.Sentience, though artificial, still retains awareness of not only the environment and the universe, but of itself as well. Many ethical issues arises with how AI would develop and how it would effect our world. The underlying thought of artificial intelligence is still that it can reach sentience. If it can ask existential questions…See More
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adler lamy added a discussion to the group SES 311:Essentials of Astrobiology

Alien Intelligence?????

              Everyone has their own point of views when it comes to the topic of aliens. It is a work in progress because we have yet to find anything. Getting an answer would help us figure out if we are out here on our own or not. Maybe we have already met aliens without knowing it. Hollywood gives us an interpretation of what aliens are but maybe they look just like us and they are among us. There is also a chance that they have been watching us from a distance.              Earlier this week we discussed the possibility that aliens might have been present on the moon and that it could be determined if we were to find some sort of artifact on the moon. In Wagner’s Searching for alien artifacts on the moon (2011), four main classes of artifacts that must be considered are introduced:1) Messages. These are artifacts specifically designed to be found and interpreted by an intelligent species that developed on Earth.2) Scientific instruments. These are observational devices sent…See More
19 hours ago
Christopher Jon Nelson added a discussion to the group SES 311:Essentials of Astrobiology

discussion three: Robot morals

Morals have established the backbone of society. They set up the guidelines for how people act and interact with one another. But what is the driving force behind morals? What compels humans to behave with a moral sense of discipline and could AI be compelled to act with a set of morals?  Would artificial intelligence have to have a driving force behind their morality system or a code of ethics that either closely resembles or parallels those on earth?For the intents of the purpose of this blog post a few terms needs to be established. This requires for the artificial intelligence to be “… von Neumann machine is [that are] able to reproduce better versions of itself. Part of this reproduction is the improvement of intelligence;” so they are essentially immortal. One principle that will be called on later is the Intelligence Principle which is “the maintenance, improvement and perpetuation of knowledge and intelligence is the central driving force of cultural evolution, and that to the…See More
22 hours ago
Robert J. Mitchell posted a blog post

Searching for signs of extraterrestrial life

Lately, there has been more peer discussion about how we go about searching for life off planet earth. A few places within our solar system were identified as good targets to begin the search for life, among them: the Moon, Mars, Titan and Enceladus. We need to begin the search with patience. Our Moon is the closest celestial body to us. The LRO is currently taking pictures, but a new mission to establish an out post on the moon should begin. Why not get very good about getting to and from the Moon, to the point that it would be a viable place from which to launch and return missions to Mars? As construction of the lunar base is underway, Moon-based reconnaissance missions to explore the terrain should be conducted, as well, using the LRO photos as guides. The Moon's lava tubes should be mapped.From the Moon we should go to Mars, again with the mission of establishing a permanent outpost for missions further into the galaxy.  See More
22 hours ago
Michael Oals added a discussion to the group SES 311:Essentials of Astrobiology

Mike oals blog number 3 finding life where to search

Blog number #3Who wants adventure at home or in the unknown if it means a greater chance at finding life!For the longest time mankind has been searching distant stars and Galaxies in hopes of finding some type of signature or mark of an alien civilization. While this is good and brings forth a treasure trove of data and discoveries about our universe, we neglect to put as much time and money into our own solar system even though it is composed of a vast array of different worlds that each have their own unique surfaces. So why do we do it? Why do we forsake our home and turn to the distant stars?Well because for the most part humans like to push the bounds of what we can do we like to climb that mountain in the distance and not the one we grew up climbing; because well to be short been there and done that. You see we don't put much faith in our own home because why should we? We have lived here since the beginning and even though it still has it's mystery and charm we don't think…See More
22 hours ago
Luke Seiler added a discussion to the group SES 311:Essentials of Astrobiology

Where Should We Look

          One of the keystone goals of Astrobiology is to find extraterrestrial life.  The search continues, but no positive results have surfaced yet.  So that leaves us with the question: where is the right place to look?  The two options are to continue searching for alien life within our solar system or to look elsewhere into the cosmos.          Starting with our solar system, there are a few potential candidates that may harbor life.  Mars is the closest planet that may possess alien life so that will likely be the first planet we go to and thoroughly search for evidence that indicates life.  However, while Mars is close, it is not the best candidate for life in our solar system.  There are low odds that Mars contains life on it currently.  It is still important to search though.  By going to Mars, we would be strengthening our space traveling capabilities and we would also help our develop life detection skills.  If nothing is found on Mars, the next world that we would look at…See More
23 hours ago
Mitchell Drake added a discussion to the group SES 311:Essentials of Astrobiology

Is It Ethical? And Do "They" Feel The Same Way?

      A topic recently discussed in class was ethics of alien civilizations.  This is idea has intrigued me, especially since I am a huge Star Trek fan.  In Star Trek the various crews across the several generations encounter many different civilizations and they often have to come to grips with allowing an alien civilization to practice their own culture even if those beliefs contradict our own.  I am reminded of one specific episode in the 1990's series Deep Space Nine (DS9) where Worf the Chief Security Officer is obligated by his culture to kill his brother that way it is a death with honor and that way his brother can pass onto Sto-Vo-Kor (Klingon heaven).  However when the captain, Benjamin Sisko, of DS9 learns of this he punishes Worf for "murdering" another crew member.  Sisko quickly learns to accept that that is just the Klingon way and he has to allow Worf to do it.   Anyways, my point to all of this is that it is not reasonable to assume that an advanced civilization would…See More
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