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.
But 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.