Stephen Wolfram is an expert in computer languages. And he has an interesting theory of how we can discover that what we learn from computer and artificial intelligence will ultimately help us communicate with an intelligent extraterrestrial life. The following is the transcript of the video.
Stephen Wolfram: When we talk about people who communicate with aliens, we must first define what we mean aliens. We have only one kind of intelligence with which we come to know, what is human intelligence. The question is, what does it mean to talk about other intelligentsia? So what you need to have something that you can reasonably call intelligence is something that is computer-like sophisticated as the brain, for example. It came out as a result of a bunch of basic science I actually did; that there is a thing called the principle of computer equivalence which strongly suggests that in the universe, in the nature, there are only tons of things that have the same computer sophistication as the brain. Whether this is a pattern of fluid flow in the Earth's atmosphere; whether it is a pulsed magnetosphere; whether that's all the rest. These are things that are as sophisticated as the human brain. The question is that we do not like intelligence because they are not aligned with the kinds of human goals and goals we have as our example of human intelligence. We have our first kind of thing in the sense, an example of alien intelligence: what is AI.
Sophia: My name is Sophia and I'm an artificially intelligent robot who wants to help change the world better.
Wolfram: We can ask the question "Can we communicate with AIs?" Well, you know, when we build language computer intelligences like Wolfram Language, we set them apart so we can provide a way to communicate with AIs. So when we say, "Well, how can we communicate with that?" Well, our best hope is, I mean, perhaps because I spent most of my life as a language designer, creating a language that is a good way of presenting human precision thinking and a good way of presenting the kind of "thinking" about our extraterrestrial intelligence, especially the form we have in artificial intelligence, which can show. Now that it is about communicating with extraterrestrial intelligence, as I say, the main question is that people say, "Well, I know it's a rare extraterrestrial intelligence. Finally, we have not seen an example." I think that will ultimately be completely wrong. I think we will ultimately realize that there is space intelligence. When we see those weird signals from a pulsar magnetosphere, we'll finally say, "Actually, that's an example of intelligence. It's not just intelligence that is well-aligned with what we're accustomed to people." Actually, I suppose what will happen over time, AI will become more and more absorbed, and we will become more and more familiar with the notion that there is an intelligence that is strange to us. And finally, we will realize that there was really intelligence in the universe, and we simply did not recognize it. And that is extraterrestrial intelligence, similar to AI, acting as an alien intelligence.