ET is likely to be a robot

08 June 2015 - 09:31 By © The Daily Telegraph


Alien contact is likely to come from machines living on worlds outside of the solar system, the astronomer royal Martin Rees has said. Professor Lord Rees, 72, told the Cheltenham Science Festival "I'm not holding my breath" for signs of extraterrestrial life, but said if a signal was picked up it would not be from organic life forms, like humans.He said that most space exploration would be carried out by machines, which would not be constrained by the physical difficulties of existing in space or on other planets.Lord Rees said he was concerned about the rise in biotechnology and warned that computers and robots would soon be so advanced they would be able to create the next generation of machines without human intervention.

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