Over the course of the next 12 days I’ll be posting 12 future thinking concepts and applying the same methods I’ve been practicing with the various Ted Talks. Why? Cause it’s freakin fun and pointless, that’s why!
Day Five – Accepting Aliens
We live in a land of mathematical improbabilities. Where the probabilities of something occurring maybe exceptionally low but the positive results are there anyways.
A simple example of this are lottery winners. We know they exist, because they do.
In a simple example, say, taking 6 numbers out of 49 (Ontario’s 649 Lottery), the combinatorial probability of winning is a 1 in 13,983,816. The odds of winning this is TERRIBLE, yet as of today, there have been 52 winners this so far this year.
(Of course, there are millions of tickets being sold.)
And then there’s this famous video.
Sagan implies (via the Drake Equation) there are possibly millions of civilizations in the milky way galaxy. And as time passes, this value would only go higher. (Albeit the amount of time would be substantial compared to a human lifetime)From a mathematical perspective, it’s an inevitability that two of these civilizations will meet. So for this part, let’s just accept that.
Aliens exist, someday they will be met. Now for this meeting itself, let’s also skip the initial introductions/transactions that might occur. Exopolitics are unknown so who cares what they could entail. Obviously our planet is attempting to set things up in advance with placing Mazlan Binti Othman as Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.
That’s an actual title.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazlan_OthmanThat is one sweet job. Like she probably just sits around playing Xbox all day while occasionally looking out the window. Aliens? Nope.Back to playing Call of Duty. pew pew! I need this job.Ok ok, aliens are seen. Contacted and the governments do their thing. (Aliens have their rules, we have ours, etc)For this, I’ll assume they are of no consequence, that they end up doing nothing positive or negative. (And just to be clear, there are millions of possible outcomes that can occur. I’m just trying to save time)So here we are, two civilizations that can communicate with each other and the everyday person can’t speak the other person’s language or understand the subtle nuances that might be existent. How would they bond? How could two civilizations communicate to each other?
Having a queue to use the interspace telephone seems pointless. Presenting information, will always feel incomplete, only to leave people bulking with questions. And just as significantly, there are so many different angles that would want to be seen. What would make a bond? What would be something everyone would want to share?For many North Americans, this kind of thing has already happened. Because of this.(I’ve seen this video maybe two dozen times now, and I still don’t understand everything that is going on.)
It’s also been viewed 2,177,640,416 times. Which is like, two thirds of the entire internet userbase!? (7.125 billion on Earth, 3 billion have internet access)
That last number is according to these guys: http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/
As weird as this sounds, to me this is a great example of how a ‘foreign’ culture shared itself.
It would not be too difficult to believe that two alien civilizations would just share each other’s Youtubes and the study / postings would occur.
There would eventually be a natural ‘hit’ (probably in the form of a music video I’m guessing) but who knows.
Now the question remains if aliens have a Youtube type service or would they be so vain to warrant creating something like it at all.
Humans sure are, and they’re clearly ready to share.