“We are rarely given to know when our lives will change forever.
In the years that follow, as we count the ripples, we can trace them to a single tiny stone–
The brush of a hand, the sudden look, the conversation that took such a strange turn– the call in the dead of night.
Who we are– the kindness and cruelty that shape us– may not come with a blush or a scar.
We don’t hinge on universes.
We hinge on little things.

- A-Force #2

Fascinating read via motherboardtv

The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won’t look like little green men, or spiny insectoids. It’s likely they won’t be biological creatures at all, but rather, advanced robots that outstrip our intelligence in every conceivable way. While scores of philosophers, scientists and futurists have prophesied the rise of artificial intelligence and the impending singularity, most have restricted their predictions to Earth. Fewer thinkers—outside the realm of science fiction, that is—have considered the notion that artificial intelligence is already out there, and has been for eons.

Susan Schneider, a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, is one who has. She joins a handful of astronomers, including Seth Shostak, director of NASA’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, program, NASA Astrobiologist Paul Davies, and Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology Stephen Dick in espousing the view that the dominant intelligence in the cosmos is probably artificial.

“Most people have an iconic idea of aliens as these biological creatures, but that doesn’t make any sense from a timescale argument. I’ve bet dozens of astronomers coffee that if we pick up an alien signal, it’ll be artificial life.” – Seth Shostak, Director of SETI