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What Traits would have an Alien Race?

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Any life form that reaches Earth will, by definition, be an explorer. Looking to our own culture for clues, we immediately see how unexplored territories are targeted for their resources. We wonder what lands might possess that can help further our causes.

Look at Columbus and the Americas, Marco Polo and the East Indies, the Vikings and most of Europe. According to Stephen Hawking, aliens are likely to seek out other planets in order to colonize them or mine them for resources. Aliens may not come to destroy our planet, but they will in all likelihood seek to exploit what they find to increase their race’s reach, as again this is the hallmark of a developed species.

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  1. Brad Arnold

    The only thing I’ll add is that they probably will be governed by general rules of behavior. One might be to preserve uniqueness in the universe. In other words, the universe has ubiquitous resources, whereas uniqueness is by definition special. Why destroy uniqueness to slightly more efficiently harvest resources?

  2. Brad Arnold

    On a different note: I’ve been intrigued by the concept of exponential production. Land a 3D printer, and equipment to produce toner from an exoplanet, then print more 3D printers and equipment to grow production exponentially. Same for the Singularity – build a thinking machine that builds a better thinking machine and so forth. What is the great filter preventing aliens from doing the same and spreading throughout the universe rapidly?

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