There are many of us humans who strongly believe in aliens, and that these mythical beings, if real, stands to become a significant threat to Earth and could possibly wipe out the entire human race.
It’s pretty difficult to disagree with these folks since if we look back at our own history and how humans have gone to war after finding new land, it wouldn’t be surprising if an alien species choose to destroy or enslave us.
Aliens Are Too Smart for War
In a recent Reddit AMA (Ask me Anything), Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, and futurist believe humans will eventually make contact with intelligence alien lifeform within this century. He added that these beings will likely be peaceful, but he’s unable to say the same for robots.
Kaku says advanced alien society would view us puny humans as insignificant. Apparently, these creatures or beings would be more interested in gaining more knowledge, something humans are not capable of giving. These lifeforms would have thousands of years to resolve all their problems, therefore, war is no longer on the agenda.
Still, should humans get in the way of their thirst for knowledge, a peaceful encounter with extraterrestrials might turn deadly.
“They still might be dangerous if they simply don’t care about us and we get in the way. In War of the Worlds, the aliens did not hate us. We were simply in the way.”
“But for the most part, I think they will be peaceful, but view us like we view forest animals,” he concluded.
However, what if aliens aren’t our downfall, but instead something that is much closer to home?
Robots: the Impending Doom of Humanity?
Here’s the thing; technology is improving at a rapid rate and we’re doubling down on robotics and artificial intelligence. Now, with things happening so quickly, Kaku believes we should implant special chips in the brain of every robot for the purpose of shutting them down in the event of a coup.
Apparently, robots could one day entertain murderous thoughts, and if we’re not prepared, then we could fall to our own creation.
He went on to state that in the future, robots intelligence will go from a bug to be on par with a monkey.
“By that point they might become dangerous and even replace humans, near the end of the century. So I think we should put a chip in their brain to shut them off if they have murderous thoughts.”
If that doesn’t work, Kaku says humans may very well have to merge with robots to survive. Should the machines of the future manage to evade our best fail-safe system, then merging could fix all problems.
It’s a case of “if you can’t beat them, join them.”
Time will tell if Kaku is a visionary, or if he’s just “Kuku.” Until then, we can’t wait to see what awesome things robots accomplish to help drive the human race forward.