Surviving Alien Invasion: Filmmaker’s Worst Nightmare
June 30, 2010 9 Comments
How human psychology works, we don’t know yet? So, forecasting alien psychology would be total stupidity. It seems that sci fi movienakers want to show human as superior race to aliens, why? Since they get more money. You haven’t seen any movie which has focused alien victory. Films like Independence Day is one of the worst movies(scientifically and logically), I have seen ever. I have tackled the question of why in detail in my older post “40 Things About Alien Visitors“. Here are some points from that post:
1. Aliens like to blow up significant land marks first. Apparently the best way to destroy a city is to position your “Death Ray” over the most recognizable building.
2. All pro-UFO people are morons who dance atop the building directly under the Death Ray.
3. If alien “Destroyers” come to your city to blast it into oblivion, leave BEFORE they fire the Death Ray.
4. If alien “Destroyers” come to your city to blast it into oblivion and you are caught in traffic at the last minute, make sure that you are travelling with a dog and a small child. The Law of Averages says you’ll survive the Death Ray.
5. If alien “Destroyers” come to your city to blast it into oblivion and you are caught in traffic at the last minute, make sure that you are NOT a raspy-voiced cable TV executive. The Law of Averages says you’ll get waxed by the Death Ray.
6. Stripping is a lucrative profession that allows one to “Pay the bills,” “take care of one’s boy,” and own a nice house in a middle class subdivision.
11. Area 51 has a big chain-link fence around it, and the guards at the gate wear black combat fatigues with white metal helmets in 120 degree heat.
12. Any bonehead with an RV can get to Area 51 by driving across the Salt Flat to the gate and flashing a captured alien to the guard.
13. Standard operating procedure for the Air Force is to cluster all vehicles, aircraft, and ground personnel on a 200 meter section of tarmac in the middle of an Alien Invasion.
15. It appears that the F-18 must have had a 1000 unit production run.
16. Both F-18s and B-2s must close to within 10 km of a target 20 km across before engaging with both air-to-air missiles and aerial launched nuclear cruise missiles.
17. People too drunk to walk can still fly crop dusters and F-18s.
18. Any bonehead with rudimentary aviation experience can be taught to pilot an F-18 in 5 hours.
19. Any bonehead with F-18 flight experience can learn to pilot an Alien fighter in 5 minutes.
22. Aliens are stupid. When one of their fighters approaches the carrier, they don’t bother to communicate with the pilot.
24. Aliens are unbelievably stupid. While unarmed and unarmored, they do things to piss off people with hand guns.
25. Aliens are just too stupid for words to express. An alien air traffic controller can look at a fighter that has been human-modified for 20 minutes and is only 50 feet away and not notice the welded-on missile rack until the missile is fired through his work station.
36. In 10 hours, one man with a Macintosh Laptop can code a virus in C++ that will take down a completely alien computer system.
37. Even though the Mac isn’t compatible with most other Earthly operating systems, it can interface with an alien computer.
38. Alien network security is nonexistent.
You can read more points here.
Though chances are far less that aliens prove to nomads, looking to conquer planet Earth and are thirsty of human blood and flesh. But what if that case might be proven true means aliens are highly nomads and want to eradicate humanity? We might need an defence strategy which may help us to survive for long time. We (humanity as a whole) currently suffer from a window of vulnerability. We’re sufficiently advanced to attract attention with radio signals as far as sixty or seventy lightyears away, but woefully inadequate to the task of defending ourselves from anyone who might show up in response.
By some five to seven centuries from now we should pretty much be able to take care of ourselves in this regard– if nothing else, we should have a sufficient contingent off-planet by that time to insure humanity’s survival if Earth itself is wiped out. Hopefully any aliens we meet prior to that time will be benevolent, in which case this entire article would be little more than an exercise in paranoia.
But should humanity find itself beset by malevolent aliens sometime in the near to intermediate future (between now and the twenty-eighth century), and all normal contingency plans fail to remedy the situation, below follow some suggestions for other measures.
- Practice, practice, practice
We might fill our quiver with conceptual arrows via special government subsidies or funding for computer gaming based on scientifically plausible scenarios of alien invasion or domination.
This strategy would provide a great wealth of knowledge and ideas for dealing with a wide variety of alien threats, that we could draw upon in the actual event. Though our best science fiction authors have been doing their part along these lines for years, their work reaches relatively few people, and even for avid readers the process is static and one-way in nature. The interactivity and dynamic branching that software platforms would provide could do a much better job of preparing humanity for the real thing.
A great side benefit of this design would be its educational value– if the games were forced to be strictly plausible to qualify for subsidies or desirable accreditations of some sort, those playing them couldn’t help but learn something of subjects like physics and mathematics, among others. In order to work most effectively however, this strategy would have to have been in place for decades (or even centuries!) prior to any invasion. That means we’d want to initiate this plan yesterday.
Here there’s two variations on the same theme: recreating the human race after it’s been wiped out by a threat. Naturally, both plans would require the highest level of secrecy to have any chance at success.
We must assume that an alien threat capable of destroying our species on Earth would also kill off any colonies established elsewhere in our solar system, as well as outposts in neighboring solar systems. But they could not kill what they could not find, or of which they were unaware. A contingency colonization vessel headed for a very, very distant system, largely secret from humanity as a whole to protect the effort from discovery by aliens scouring our databases and interrogating our people here, would provide a last chance for humanity to survive such a worst case scenario.
Such a contingency vessel might be remarkably small and economical to build and launch, as it could be unmanned, with future humanity and a crucial set of support species from Earth existing as frozen, fertilized eggs or seeds, to be grown and cared for by highly redundant artificial intelligences onboard, until a sufficient cadry of suitably educated and mature adults could take over command of the colony, many lightyears away from Earth, and safe from the threat which doomed our homeworld. Prior to launching the one or several life containing vessels, we might have also sent ships containing critical enabling technologies to the target systems, to serve as supply depots and support facilities for the colony in orbit.
The Deep Mother
The Deep Mother would depend on our ability to install an undetectable artificial intelligence with suitable support technologies deep within the Earth itself, programmed and equipped to do nothing more than hide and survive long enough to outlast the alien occupation, and then rebuild the human race and critical supporting species from the genetic codes in its database, using technologies stored away with it in its vault.
Last Resort Possibilities
- Keep in mind it may be possible to command some of our larger orbiting satellites (or even manned vessels) to drop from orbit on trajectories guaranteed to impact critical alien landing sites or fixed bases with pinpoint accuracy, using significant masses at hypersonic velocities. Such impacts can achieve energy levels comparable to that of nuclear detonations with perhaps far less warning and no telltale radioactive warhead to give it away.
- If a direct hit on alien installations with the above method looks too risky, we could target enticing geological targets in the vicinity instead, in an attempt to trigger a display of natural forces adequate to overwhelm our foes. Of course, for this to work the aliens must have made their camp in an area conducive to such events. But just imagine the effect on a nearby alien encampment in the 1980s of waking Mount St. Helens a bit early with ten to thirty megatons of explosive force– Mt. St. Helens erupted naturally during that decade with a force equal to hundreds of nuclear weapons, utterly devastating the surrounding region. Just in case the triggered eruption or earthquake were insufficient, we might also simultaneously attack the base with whatever other means we could get into the area without alerting the enemy. Keep in mind something along these lines might also be implemented in regards to weather– could a few strategically placed nuclear blasts divert an already existing hurricane towards an alien camp? Or perhaps we could spin off a few dozen tornados atop the extraterrestrials with such manipulations. Remember that these actions themselves wouldn’t have to be enough to destroy the camps; just synchronizing the events closely with other sorts of attacks could increase the effectiveness of our overall assault.
- We could mask a major counter-attack with an apparent nuclear war amongst ourselves. Sure, we’d pay a high price in destruction to some of our own cities and bases, but it might be the only way to rid ourselves of the alien threat.
The Unseen Opponent
Find and delete all references in our databases which disprove or ridicule supernatural events, and plant seemingly unimpeachable observations and proof for their existence–and let the aliens discover such records for themselves. This could help us set the stage for much useful espionage and deception, even as we confound our enemies. They might even begin to suspect there’s a long term presence on Earth of some other advanced civilization, hidden from easy detection. We refer to this as a last resort measure for the simple reason that doing this could have detrimental long term effects on our own civilization, even if it helps us succeed at repelling the invaders. For it could vastly strengthen the hand of organized religion and cults across-the-board for years to come, forcing repeated confrontations in everything from economics to politics– and all the scientific “facts” and “history” we’d have left to defend ourselves would be on the subjective side.
“My name is Bond. Time Bond.”
We could conceivably send software agents deep into the future to find a way to defeat the aliens in the present, via time travel (or communication from the future into the past).
Of course, this plan depends heavily on being able to infiltrate the alien’s computer network, or upon the aliens leaving our own net in operation into perpetuity.
If neither of these avenues are open to us, there might be a third– though admittedly it would be the longest of long shots. We could put everything we have into assembling an AI similar to that described in the “Deep Mother” above, but with a very different objective in mind. Here, we would do our best to provide the AI with as much free memory space and processing power as we could, to give it room to grow. We’d also provide it with all the collected knowledge of humanity, and perhaps some sort of sensory conduit to the Earth’s surface, that would allow it to collect more data in realtime. In this manner might the AI evolve on its own, and be ready to exploit any opportunity it discovered either internally or externally for accomplishing the objectives laid out for it by us, its creators.
The utimate goal would be for our special agent AI to survive far enough into the future that manipulation of past events becomes feasible via new technologies– technologies discovered by the AI itself, or seen by the AI in the hands of others. After obtaining access to this technology, the AI would then attempt to divert the alien invasion of the past away from Earth, or else repel it with the aid of other advanced tools available from its future vantage point. If neither of these were possible, the AI might be able instead to communicate some vital knowledge to us across time that could enable us to do the job ourselves.
Of course, this plan runs smack into some of the old style time travel paradoxes often referred to in science fiction plots and outdated movies. Fortunately, new insights seem to indicate these paradoxes were fallacies to start with; in the quantum mechanics universe, most (if not all) of these paradoxes don’t exist. That is, if time travel itself ever becomes feasible, then a plan like that above could actually work (theoretically speaking).
- Don’t forget technologies like public key encryption or better as a means of secure communications, when the aliens are around. It might not hurt to also use the personal touch on messages as well, as exemplified in David Brin’s novel Earth,whereby references to experiences shared only by sender and recipient add meanings not accessible to most potential code-breakers.Since we might not know when possible alien invaders first begin casing us for conquest, making ultra secure encryption ubiquitous over the planet for all communications as soon as possible would be advisible. Think about it: the less the aliens can learn about us, the more uncertainty they’ll have about conquering us. And the longer we can prolong that uncertainty, the longer we might postpone a possibly ruinous invasion. And if we could postpone it until around 2600 or so…well, by then we might be able to actually give the aliens a pretty good fight if they want it. So anyway, strong encryption for human beings worldwide might not only protect us from oppressive governments amongst ourselves, but also from conquest by interstellar beaucracies. And the sooner we have it (the encryption), the better.
- There’s several things we might try that could work by virtue of what our own historical databases reveal about us (Assuming the aliens access such information, that is). Our constant flirtation with nuclear war and seeming love of confrontations could support in the aliens’ eyes all sorts of conflicts and bizarre behavior breaking out amongst us, even as the aliens’ own weapons were trained upon us.
- Let our best computer hackers (and perhaps artificial intelligences) try the software approach against the alien’s own computers. If no other entry path into the alien craft can be found for their efforts, try creating a Trojan Horse artificial intelligence and substituting it for whatever hardware/software combination enjoys the current reputation Earthside of being our very best, when and if the aliens decide they want to examine our state-of-the-art achievements. Construct the Trojan Horse from the perspective that it will be examined both piecemeal and in its totality by the aliens, so that it may exploit any opportunities discovered in either avenue. Our AI must be aware that any platform it finds itself running on may be only a software or hardware emulation of its original environment– and that it should seek out a lower level of functionality– the alien’s own operating system– to do its real work.
[Acknowledgement: I thanks to Bevan Hurley and Robert Schreib Jr. for helping to write this article.]