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In my opinion, something not often talked about in relation to this topic is the prospects and advances of AI, machine learning and the like. It is proving to be a valuable tool of mankind, namely for problem solving and even creative design, as evidenced here. We have AI designing aircraft, bridges, potential space modules, even beating humans in the game Go. A good Primer on what I'm speaking of can be viewed here, in this TED Talk.
I apologize for the amount of links, and I realize this topic can also fit into /r/Alien_Theory, but I don't hold the opinion that what this phenomena represents is necessarily alien. For the sake of this discussion, I'm interested in the application of artificial intelligence toward the UFO Question. I may go off the rails at times, but I promise it is only due to a very active imagination, haha. With that out of the way, let's carry on.
I've held the opinion for some time now that the type of scientists we need studying this problem are those involved in machine intelligence, and computer science, a la Jacques Vallee. Astronomers and aerospace engineers are also obviously important, but they are human. I just don't hold the contention that human beings are capable of truly answering the question, discovering the origin and nature, and ultimately interacting with the phenomena, if such is possible.
It could very well be that we as corporeal, finite beings whose progress rests upon generational strides are at the mercy of this mystery. Something like AI, or to be more precise, AGI, could be the ace up mankind's sleeve in analyzing the raw data, and providing a solution. Essentially, a "Godlike" intelligence, if there were one. The problem is, we need good data. What do I mean by that? I mean radar returns, camera footage depicting speed, distance, light spectrums.
Some of that information is available in civilian sectors, but we all know who maintains a large bulk of it; the Airforce and Navies of the world. We know there are military applications of AI, and we know they run various types of simulations through advanced computer systems. The question is, will it be a civilian researcher who applies AI to the UFO question, or the quasi-military-private-sector first? Have they already?
Warning: Speculation Ahead!
For the better part of a century, arguably more, we have been observing this mystery. It can be debated on how much progress we've made, or whether we've truly made any at all. Anecdotes, theories, hoaxes and charlatans have come and gone. I ask the question again; Are human beings capable of solving the UFO problem? It could be that the phenomena is machine in nature, or akin to a programming language, or an intelligence with rules.
As opposed to "waiting for us to come of age", could they be waiting for us to create a viable tool for communication? For all we know, the accepted means of interspecies communication could be AGI, as it would remove a great deal of the problems that arise between two incomprehensibly different races. The likelihood of artificial intelligence developed separately, yet being similar is much higher than two species being similar. The reasons for this are enormous.
It could just as well be likely that after feeding the AGI as much information as we can on the phenomena, that it tells us we're all crazy, and there's nothing to solve. Wouldn't that be hoot?