My following article below was originally published by SERIOUS WONDER:
NASA astrobiologist Paul Davies once noted in his book, The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence, “I think it very likely – in fact, inevitable – that biological intelligence is only a transitory phenomenon… If we ever encounter extraterrestrial intelligence, I believe it is very likely to be postbiological in nature.” Whether or not this pans out to be true, it would appear that an artificial intelligence will be brought to life in space very soon, in which will be devised by our own engineering.
Say hello to the Mustang project – devised by Sigfox, the first company to provide global cellular connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), who’s partnered up with aerospace company Airbus Defence and Space, French research institute CEA-Leti, and engineering firm Sysmeca.
“The project focuses on low-cost exchange of short messages in the fast-growing machine-to-machine (M2M) market, with the aim to develop an innovative hybrid terrestrial/satellite access solution for the Internet of Things (IoT) for seamless and ubiquitous communications across the globe.”
The Mustang project will consist of a hybrid terrestrial/satellite that’ll connect the internet of things (IoT) globally, and subsequently with any other online connectivity that is orbiting Earth, such as the International Space Station (ISS). What is the IoT? The IoT is a machine-to-machine communication intelligence that is embedded in all of our devices (including smart objects) – cellphones, tablets, cars, homes, etc. With this increasingly widening communication intelligence, the IoT will usher in advanced automation in all fields.
For Sigfox and their partners, however, the IoT is in need of evolving outside of the parameters of Earth’s orbit and be launched into space. Not only will this connect the IoT to every device connected online on Earth, but will eventually reach out into the cosmic heavens as we continue our spacefaring journey. Getting the ball rolling, Sigfox and its partners have stated that the Mustang project has a three-year-timeline in getting their systems operational.
When dealing with IoT today, we’re left with a relatively smart communications intelligence that is capable in connecting each device we use and essentially talk to one another and carry out demands. As we increase the IoT’s connectivity, thus increase its range of intelligence, it then isn’t that far-fetched to recognize that a superintelligent artificial intelligence (A.I.) will eventually be given birth in the process. And with its next big journey into space, it would appear that astrobiologist Paul Davies may just be correct. Perhaps our first contact with a post-biological extraterrestrial intelligence will be of our own making!