Aliens are too busy pleasuring themselves to visit Earth, an AI expert believes.
Super-intelligent ETs will have machines that give them life-long pleasure, security hacker George Hotz claimed.
The 31-year-old reckons this is why they don't bother taking over the universe and visiting humans.
He told the Lex Fridman podcast: "I think there has been intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.
"They enter some steady state, they all wirehead themselves – stimulate their pleasure centres and just live forever in this kind of stasis.
"I think the reason I believe this is because, where are they?
"There's some reason they stopped expanding, otherwise they would have taken over the universe.
"You don't even need wormholes, just a Van Neumann probe and a million years of sub light travel and you would have taken over the whole universe – that clearly didn't happen, so something stopped it."
Mr Hotz, who runs vehicle automation machine learning company comma.ai., also discussed how deepfake tech will become a way of keeping conversations private.
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The host Mr Fridman said: "That's one way to maintain privacy, right? In order to protect the contents of this conversation for example, we could generate like millions of deepfaked conversations where you and I talk and say random things so this is just one of them and nobody knows which one was the real one – this could be faked right now."
Mr Hotz answered: "Classic stenography technique."
He added: "I've heard a conspiracy theory that conspiracy theories were invented by the CIA in the 60s to discredit true things.
"So we used to control information by censoring it then the internet happened and governments are like, 'oh sh*t we can't censor anything anymore, I know what we'll do."
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