There was a story about a memo reputed to concern the famed Roswell UFO crash. As described in the memo: “An investigator for the Air Forces stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture.”
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What to make about this story of the recovery of crashed UFOs at Roswell? I have my doubts. I don’t reject the possibility of intelligent extraterrestrial life. I just can’t buy into 3 feet tall humanoids in metallic cloth uniforms in flying saucers.
What would actual alien explorers look like? We humans are already exploring our solar system with robots. We have many probes hurtling through the void of space gathering information. We have moving probes traveling the surface of Mars. Sending human beings into distant space to accomplish the same would cost an untenable fortune in resources.
One day we’ll send probes to visit other stars. With the known barrier of the speed of light, it could take hundreds or even thousands of years for a probe to reach distant stars and send back information. But what is the hurry since future generations will await the signals. Robots and artificial intelligence don’t require air, food or water, just energy. If we eventually send probes to the stars, then perhaps an alien civilization is doing the same. Even at close to the speed of light, aliens won’t send organic life to do the job.
I imagine technology will someday develop genuine artificial intelligence. Thinking machines would be like living beings without the need for life support. Indeed, artificial intelligence may one day replace organic life. If an alien craft ever crashed on earth, we would find no pilot in the craft. The UFO itself would be the alien. We may have such crafts watching us now, alien intellects vast and superior…watching invisibly from deep, dark space. Not 3-foot tall gray aliens in tin foil suits.
Does this mean sightings of organic aliens are only phantoms of our imagination? They may not be imagination, but actual phantoms. Encounters with alien “life” may be something entirely different then extraterrestrial.