Earth’s Discoverability (A Race Against Time)

GalaxyWe have not discovered alien life on other planets. Our telescopes are not sensitive enough to pick up on weak artificial radio emissions from hundreds of light years away. And the sky is too broad for us to listen to all areas of the sky at all times, we are only listening to a tiny fraction of the sky at any given moment. Aliens, however, are much more likely to be listening to planets like ours, given how advanced their radio telescopes can get, meaning that we could indeed be discovered by aliens before we discover them.

Our planet, however, cannot be found yet because of the speed at which light travels and how recent our technological advancement has been. Our radio emissions, such as radio broadcasts and nuclear bomb activity, have only started appearing in the 30’s and 40’s. Our galaxy is 100,000 light years across. Even if the nearest technologically advanced civilization is just 150 light years away, we would still have another 70 years until we could be found. And, unfortunately, we are not likely to be visited any time soon because of this. Our galaxy is so vast and the amount of stars in it is so ridiculously enormous that they have no reason to come here unless there was something specifically interesting about this part of space, like signs of a new intelligent life form.

But our discoverability, or lack of it, is something the aliens managing earth depend on. Part of the requirements of the earth project is that we would be completely isolated from alien influence. They need us to be disconnected from the outside universe so their own presence and influence would remain secret (to us), and that our development won’t be affected by the availability of more advanced technology during the early stages (competition would be hard to beat). So they actually have a relatively small timeframe to progress our technological development, because of the necessity of development of radio and nuclear technologies, to be prepared for assimilation with the outside universe. This is why technology has advanced at such an unimaginable pace in just the past 100 years compared to the rest of human history, and keeps advancing at an exponential rate. But one may ask, if they don’t want us to be found, wouldn’t the show I am in reveal our location? It wouldn’t. No actual coordinates are being revealed, and any other method of deciphering our location from clues, such as our visible constellations and the movement of visible stars across time, would be futile because of the great number of stars in our galaxy and the too numerous possible results from such a search.

So as you can see, the aliens and us are at a race against time. The clock is ticking while we progress our development to be prepared for the time of our introduction to the greater galactic ecosystem.

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Earth as a Technological Powerhouse

Aliens have dedicated alot of time and effort on Earth and the technologies used here. They plan, at a certain point, to introduce us to the outside universe and its economic ecosystem at which point we will contribute to the further development of certain economies within our galaxy. This is why they are here and why we are here. They have already begun to showcase earth and its technologies by producing this alien tv show that I play a role in.

EarthBut one may ask, why would they demonstrate our technologies if they probably have much more powerful computers than we have today, and if our technology is provided by them, wouldn’t that mean they already have these technologies? The answer to this is he/she is both right and wrong. The aliens do have much more advanced computers than we currently have and are capable of many more things than we are, but they do not have the perfect conditions for establishing this common platform called the Internet, and hence don’t have the potential that earth technologies have. For something like the internet to exist you would need a global effort and agreement between all parties to collaborate and harbor the development of something like the Internet at such a global scale and success. In other words, because we are essentially an ecosystem grown and managed within a lab the size of a planet, we have the perfect conditions for utilizing something like the internet to its fullest potential. This makes the internet, and all technologies that come with it, unique to earth. So even though our computers are currently much weaker, we are already capable of of things that the aliens couldn’t dream of. One real life example of this is when I wanted to listen to radio from other countries. All I had to do was download an app on my iPhone that had access to all major stations around the globe over the internet. All of a sudden I had radio, which normally was limited to devices with radio receivers and only to local stations, from anywhere on the planet. They noted how simple it was for me, suggesting they couldn’t do that where they are at.

Earth will be, and to some extent already is, a technological powerhouse. Technology and everything digital will be our main advantage. We have been positioned in a fairly distant part from the center of our galaxy where physical proximity would have been an advantage for more traditional exchange of resources. Our part in the galactic economy will be more in the form of R&D and communication based services, where we will produce software and internet services (exchanged over galactic networks), as opposed to providing computer hardware and advanced electronics, although it would have been possible had we been close to the center. This is because they are advancing our hardware technology at an exponential rate. They have even made it predictable by following a pattern called Moore’s Law. Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors on a chip, and hence computer power, available to the average consumer will double every 1.5 years, and it has been true and quite accurate ever since the invention of the integrated circuit. The fact they have made it predictable means they probably have a specific deadline for when earth’s quarantine bubble will burst.

The internet as a communication platform enables many groundbreaking changes that challenges traditional foundations. One example is file sharing, where the media industry has been hurt by the most because they couldn’t monetize on it and labeled it as copyright violations. And bitcoin is another example. If successful it stands to disrupt all banks and financial institutions. And thanks to the internet, 3D printing will allow anyone to print almost anything which could hurt all commerce that’s dependent on physical products. But all these do not make the internet a bad thing, it will only mean that commerce in general will have to adapt to a digital age. You take down one industry, and create 100 more. This will only prepare us for what we will most excel at, which is the digital realm, and allow us to contribute to the greater economic ecosystem.