It May Not Feel Like Anything to be an Alien
Humans may have one thing that advanced aliens don't: consciousness
Humans are probably not the greatest intelligences in the universe. Earth is a relatively young planet and the oldest civilizations could be billions of years older than us. But even on Earth, Homo sapiens may not be the most intelligent species for that much longer. Each of us alive today may be one of the last rungs on the evolutionary ladder that leads from the first living cell to synthetic intelligence.
Susan Schneider, Visitor in the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies, explores the transition from biological to synthetic intelligence. Read more at Nautilus.