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Looking for machine intelligence, including biological and humanoid super intelligent beings in the Universe, is perhaps one task undertaken by project SETI - the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Indeed, SETI program managers might be surprised to discover intelligent machines and robot humanoids or life forms of pure energy.
However, should this job cover the more vast cosmic sections of the Universe? Currently, the Earth is searching only tiny small areas for life in the overall vastness of the cosmic universe. There are trillions and trillions of stars and planetary systems that go unsearched.
What more can we do to increase our potential rates for discovery and success? How do we know the method in which we use for searching is valid to other find civilizations that are more advanced? Let's examine the potential of new points that may change the world as we know it.
POINT 1 - OUR KNOWLEDGE STATE OF THE UNIVERSE
There are more than two ways to search the Universe. In fact, the Universe as we currently know it is far more vast than we know. Take for example, the history of the Universe over the past couple decades and one will see a constant evolution and reshaping of our thinking and fundamental knowledge of its workings. So in point number one, we know that the forward progression of time should expand our knowledge of the Universe.
POINT 2 - WHERE WE LOOK
In point number two, it's customary for the bigger and more powerful telescopes to look back in time towards the edge of the Universe or the primordial time of birth. This is the youngest matter in the Universe. To find older civilizations, one must turn the telescope around to look in the opposite direction, towards the older galaxies and galactic matter that will have longer aged civilizations with greater opportunities to become laden with super intelligence.
POINT 3 - COMMUNICATION COMPATIBILITY
In point number three, the method in which we are looking is archaic and not the method that super civilizations would use to make contact with other civilizations across the vast entity of space time. What makes anyone think that slow microwaves are the choice medium? These microwaves are not even two way communication. Even communicating with the close Andromeda Galaxy would take millions of years for a simple conversation using radio waves. The outdated communications method of using radio waves that travel at the speed of light, and cannot that travel faster than the speed of light would not be the choice method of a communicating super civilization.
POINT 4 - COMMUNICATION METHODOLOGY
What are the possible methods of communication? Obviously a super civilization would use particles or a method faster than the speed of light, or advanced space tunneling methods and techniques employing the nature of space time. Take for example, quantum entanglement. It's now possible to build a universal transporter across vast distances of space and time. Even now as you read, scientists are building transporters that can send out particles instantly to far away places in space time.
POINT 5 - THE TYPE OF INTELLIGENCE
Will we find the techniques and language of communication different from one intelligence specie medium to another? The answer is likely yes. Take for example the rise of the intelligent machines. Machines are now programmed by man, in terms of local languages that we expect. Even with a thousand programming languages, it's all nothing new under the sun. However consider evolution, even man is approaching a singularity with the machine and changing. With time and evolution, change invokes the qualities of a super civilization. When machines can program machines and think in terms of their own non biological entities, their methods and languages will likely differ from human kind, especially as they continue to branch and propagate within and beyond the Universe.
POINT 6 - LOOKING INTO THE UNKNOWN
There is great potential in looking into unknown places with new technology. An example is looking into holes, such as black holes and worm holes. Another potential is looking at the results from gravitational lenses that show matter in another place in space and time. One great frontier to search is through the door of the quantum dimension. Another realm for potential discovery involves the unknown corridors of Dark Matter in the Universe. A flotilla of particle dynamics may also change our views of dimensions and alternate parallel worlds. What great adventures we discover inside and who we meet remains to be seen.
POINT 7 - LOOKING IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME
Our search must be in the right place where super beings are currently living and the search must take place in the right time, a time when super beings are flourishing and searching the skies. Every civilization may have its period of evolution from developing biological cell structures rising up from primoridal soup of early planetary formation to the nuclear age and on to new pardigms reaching singularity with the machine, and beyond to states of pure energy. Where this super intelligence resides on the time scale is important in a relative manner. Life in the stone age, or life as pure energy are both beyond the methods of communication as we know it. So it becomes important to focus our lens to that which is in between. What we find will outstrip our greatest expectations!