I really liked the Synthesis option. Just imagine the Knowledge of all the galactic civilizations before us available to everyone. Would we still fight among ourselves, for Resources? Will anyone even need to eat, as one can just make some of his cells as solar cells, and directly absorb the energy. Even now, if someone has a bad organ, he will happily accept an artificial but fully functioning organ. Imagine all your organs are an organic-synthetic hybrid. You get the best of both worlds. Won’t that make everyone in the galaxy immortal? Basically, all human civilization at this point is like, what 2000-5000 years old? Imagine what multiple 50,000 years old civilizations’ knowledge will do to us?
Most popular Hollywood movies on Alien Encounters, a few modern ones such as Independence Day, Oblivion, Edge of Tomorrow, Alien vs Predator etc.) focus on action and all that doom and gloom that comes with it.
However, I have come across a few of really intriguing concepts portrayed in movies, about Will we really even understand the Aliens, if we do come across them.
Two movies did a great impact on me, Arrival (2016) and Contact (1997). Both movies show the lack of maturity of the general populace to comprehend the idea or fear of the human beings that Aliens are here to get us. My point is, with the kind of advanced tech the Aliens possess, they were here to destroy us, they can do so without us knowing about it.
Why does it become so difficult to act with compassion, and trying to really understand what the other party is saying. Luckily, in both movies, it’s one strong-willed person who goes against the shared views of the whole world and saves the day.
Race and Religion divide people, whereas Science Unites.
Set in the time period of the 1930s to 1960s, In a clip in the Movie “Hidden Figures”, a Cop approaches three Black women, whose car had broken down, possibly with the intent of harassing/Arresting them due to his own suspicions, but as soon as he learns they work for NASA, who are trying to put a Man on the Moon, He immediately changes his perspective, and escorts them to the NASA building.
This is the power of Science.
I would like to quote Neil deGrasse Tyson,
Imagine picking out a bowl of water from the ocean and saying, there are no fish in it.
That’s the state of our progress now. We have hardly explored any part of the universe, to say that life does not exist on other planets.
Another nice quote from Carl Sagan
The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.
The same quote was adapted into the movie Contact (1997)
Daughter: Dad, do you think there are people on other planets?
Dad: I don’t know, Sparks. But I guess I’d say if it is just us… seems like an awful waste of space.
What’s more is Our Civilization, even though we like to think of it as quite progressive, is nothing compared to a slightly intelligent lifeform than us. We are still fighting for fossil fuels (dead plants and animals buried in the sand).
I remember another quote from my favorite video game, The Mass Effect.
Human history is a litany of bloodshed over differing opinions of rulership and the afterlife.
That’s what human civilization is at present.
So, in the best interest of all human beings, we find a way to rise above the difference and work unitedly towards a common goal, i.e., the betterment of humanity through technological advancement and maybe become a multi-planetary species.
What is immortality? It means you never Die. Which part of you Never Dies? The body or Soul/Consciousness? From the moment life evolved on earth, the concept of evolution is dependent on the fact that parents die and the children inherit the good traits from the parents and become superior to them.
With the current advancement of technologies, it may be possible one day. We are already very close to making Bodies, which can be made to look like us, i.e., robots. However, one thing we still need to figure out, how to map/store the consciousness in an external memory bank or say inside a robot brain. The movie Chappie (2015) explores the same idea.
Although advancement in Technologies may one day enable us to become immortal, I wonder if it will be good or bad. It will be Good, if we are able to preserve the brightest minds of Humanities, Our Scientists, Mathematicians, Physicists, etc. The movie Transcendence explores such an idea. Even though the protagonist wants to do only good for the world, the rest of the world is afraid of his immortality. But what about the bad/selfish people who also get to live forever.
What will it mean for the Human Evolution, i.e., the next generation is always better/smarter than the previous one. Will it impact the advancement of the evolving human civilization in a good or bad way.
Some Really Nice Movies I have watched exploring the concept of immortality are:
- Chappie (2015)
- Transcendence (2014)
- Lucy (2014)