London, Aug 24 (ANI): A senior astronomer has said that the hunt for alien life should take into account artificial intelligence, and not evolution of biological life.
According to BBC News, Seti astronomer Seth Shostak said that there is a greater chance of finding alien AI rather than 'biological' life.
Seti searchers have mostly still worked under the assumption that ETs would be "alive" in the sense that we know.That has led to a hunt for life that is subject to the processes of evolution.
But Shostak makes a different point.
He said that looking at the timescales for the development of technology, it only makes sense that the aliens would have progressed much ahead of us.
John Elliott, a Seti research veteran agreed, saying, "Certainly what we're looking at out there is an evolutionary moving target."
Shostak believes that alien life would migrate to places where both matter and energy would be in plentiful supply. That means the Seti hunt may need to focus its attentions near hot, young stars or even near the centres of galaxies.
The article is published in Acta Astronautica (ANI)