Re: Is SETI dangerous?

From: Byrne Hobart (
Date: Tue Sep 25 2007 - 08:21:06 MDT

> Any supercivilisation, that reach AI, could send in space pieces of its own source code by radio. It will be like space viruses or trojans that will be executed by nave early civilizations and replace them. Of course it will be not only plain code. At first it will contain video, where extraterrestrial will explain their language and promise a lot of benefits, if the code will be executed. Then the video will explain how to built simple Turing computer. This computer will create much more powerful computer and it will run the main AI code.

How do they run that code?

Or, to put it another way: imagine a civilization of conscious beings
that inhabit Jupiter. They take the form of waves several kilometers
wide, and communicate with one another by changing their hue from
orangeish red to reddish orange. They program pneumatic computers that
only work in Jupiter's ridiculously high-pressure atmosphere, and
store data by altering the arrangement of individual carbon atoms in

They send you a source-code diamond. Compile it into a pneumatic
computer, execute their program, and read the red-orange/orange-red
output. Then translate it into non-idiomatic English, keeping in mind
that certain phrases, parts of speech, and concepts might have
developed differently under different circumstances.

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