UFO Conjecture(s)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nick Bostrom [redux]

As a supplement to my posting of Nick Bostrom’s hypothesis that the Universe is a large computer and our existence is part of the simulation may I suggest that you go online and read the article about him by Raffi Khatchadourian in the November 23, 2015 New Yorker, “The Doomsday Invention” [Page 64 ff.].

Mr. Khatchadourian provides a heady, extensive piece dealing with Mr. Bostrom’s views about AI – Artificial Intelligence, as outlined in Bostrom’s book, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, which argues “that true artificial intelligence, if it is realized, might pose a a danger that exceeds every threat from technology – even nuclear weapons – and that if its development is not managed carefully humanity risks engineering its own extinction.” [New Yorker, Page 64]

The purpose for reading the New Yorker piece, in the context of this blog, is that the article is fraught with suggestions that hint at an explanation for UFOs, without addressing the topic directly.

For instance, there’s this, in a discussion about “optimal structure of space empires” at the Future of Humanity Institute:

“ … a single intergalactic machine intelligence, supported by a vast array of probes”

which might account for what we find reported as UFOs or flying saucers.

Or this, “What might humanity look like millions of years from now?”

The “greys” traveling back in time from Earth’s future?

Bostrom’s use of the term “posthumanity” rings a bell with those who read Mac Tonnies’ exquisite blog postings….(May he rest in peace).

My point is that if you want to conjecture, intellectually and “philosophically” about UFOs and their possible origin or explanation, you need to be familiar with Bostrom and his ilk, and seek out articles as juicy and fecund as that by Mr. Khatchadourian.