UFOs Could Actually Be Just Extraterrestrial Robots, A Study Conducted by Edinburgh University Claims

A research undertaken by Edinburgh University mathematicians demonstrated the prospect that an intelligent alien civilisation may investigate the cosmos using self-replicating probes. Their findings suggest that their fictitious extraterrestrial probes may already have arrived.

Duncan Forgan and Arwen Nicholson, mathematicians, presented a study in the Journal of Astrobiology on the examination of how probes may travel through space. They looked into the idea that alien species exploited the gravitational pull of stars to “slingshot” probes into space. We already employ this technology for probes like the Voyager.

Voyager 1 was launched in 1977 and is currently nearing the end of our solar system. Forgan and Nicholson, on the other hand, believe that comparable probes may have previously been launched by earlier civilizations. They also think that alien probes could employ a self-replication technique. During their long journeys, they may accumulate dust and gas to create new copies of themselves.

“We may deduce that a fleet of self-replicating probes can survey the Galaxy in a suitably short time… orders of magnitude smaller than the age of the Earth,” the researchers write.

The question is why haven’t we seen them if they’re here? According to Forgan, the probes may be meant to conceal, based on a hypothesis by NASA space specialist Robert Freitas in 1983. “The probe camouflages itself to set up a threshold test of the recipient species’ technology or intellect, which must be satisfied before the species is permitted to connect with the gadget,” Forgan added.

According to a 2011 study by Jacob Haqq-Misra of the Rock Ethics Institute, the remains of extraterrestrial technology sent out to survey the cosmos may be buried here or on a nearby planet, waiting to be discovered. “Extraterrestrial objects may exist in the solar system without our awareness simply because we have not looked well enough,” he stated.

“Searches of the solar system to date have been sufficiently inadequate,” Haqq-Misra claims, “that we cannot rule out the idea that non-terrestrial objects are present and may even be observing us.”

“Evidence in the form of spent or destroyed probes is less likely,” Forgan says, “because any civilization attempting interstellar exploration is presumably skilled engineers and would send probes with the ability to self-repair due to the large travel distances and times required for such a task, giving the probes a very long life-span.”

Dr. Anders Sandberg of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute has another theory as to why we haven’t seen any of these probes yet. He believes that sentient civilizations will kill themselves before they are technologically capable of sending probes.

“If sophisticated cultures kill themselves off or opt not to continue exploring,” Sandberg adds, “they must converge to this end with extraordinarily high probability because it only takes one to avoid this fate to fill the cosmos.”

Of course, there’s another factor to consider. Over 600 UFO sighting reports were received by the Mutual UFO Network in the United States last month. Even if 95% of them are misidentifications, that’s still 30 unknowns in a month. Maybe Forgan and Nicholson should think about if some of these unexplained objects are the probes they’re looking for.

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