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    Is SETI at risk of downloading a malicious virus from outer space?

    Post  Brook on Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:57 am



    http://io9.com/5921814/is-seti-at-risk-of-downloading-a-malicious-virus-from-outer-space


    .....When we asked Cirkovic what the purpose of an ET virus might be, he responded, "If we discard anthropocentric malice, it seems that the most probable response is that they have evolved autonomously in a network of an advanced civilization -– which may or may not persist to this day." If this is the case, speculated Cirkovic, these extraterrestrial viruses would probably just replicate themselves and subvert our resources to further transmit themselves across the Galaxy. In other words, the virus may or may not be under the control of any extraterrestrial civilization –- it could be an advanced AI that's out of control and replicating itself by taking over the broadcast capabilities of each civilization it touches. A very frightening thought.





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    Re: Is SETI at risk of downloading a malicious virus from outer space?

    Post  Brook on Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:08 am


    The Fermi paradox (or Fermi's paradox) is the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilization and humanity's lack of contact with, or evidence for, such civilizations

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox



    11 of the Weirdest Solutions to the Fermi Paradox

    http://io9.com/11-of-the-weirdest-solutions-to-the-fermi-paradox-456850746
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    Re: Is SETI at risk of downloading a malicious virus from outer space?

    Post  Brook on Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:12 am



    The Great Filter theory suggests humans have already conquered the threat of extinction



    The Fermi Paradox and the Great Silence....

    http://io9.com/5970501/the-great-filter-theory-suggests-humans-have-already-conquered-the-threat-of-extinction
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    Re: Is SETI at risk of downloading a malicious virus from outer space?

    Post  Mercuriel on Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:34 am

    The Great Filter theory suggests humans have already conquered the threat of extinction




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