What is it about?
Earthly transhumanists envision a Singularity, after which the human brain/mind will be uploaded into the computer cloud for bodiless perpetual existence. If this projection constitutes inevitable technological progress, then we could speculate that a more advanced ETI would have already escaped its biological substrate and become machine intelligence. SETI and METI searchers should not be surprised to meet machine intelligence on an exoplanet.
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Why is it important?
ETI sleuths must work with a conceptual image of what we might find on exoplanets. Frequently, SETI researchers assume a progressive doctrine of evolution which hypothesizes that life on exoplanets will have evolved like life on Earth; and, if this evolution has occurred for a longer time, then ETI will be more advanced than Earthlings. Might that evolutionary advance include post-biological intelligence?
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This page is a summary of: Outer space and cyber space: meeting ET in the cloud, International Journal of Astrobiology, August 2016, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/s1473550416000318.
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