The Greater Goal: Sharing Knowledge with the Cosmos

Our planet faces numerous risks, from natural disasters to technological threats. By transmitting AI models as data into space now, we could proactively safeguard our intellectual heritage against potential future catastrophes that could wipe out intelligent life on Earth. We could enable potential existing extraterrestrial civilizations to decode and utilize our knowledge, contributing to the collective intelligence of the universe. This altruistic vision recognizes that the value of knowledge increases when shared, transcending the boundaries of our planet and species. This approach not only safeguards our intellectual heritage but also contributes to the preservation and dissemination of intelligence across the cosmos.

A Speculative Proposal to Safeguard Our Knowledge and Intelligence

Sending AI models into the Kosmos ensures that human knowledge and intelligence are preserved for potentially billions of years. Unlike static archives, AI models can adapt, learn, and interact with future civilizations if they mange to run them, making them a dynamic and invaluable resource.


It is crucial to address several ethical considerations. Firstly, the decision to transmit such information should be made with global consensus. This means that the project should involve input and approval from a wide range of stakeholders around the world, ensuring that the transmitted knowledge accurately represents diverse cultures and knowledge systems. This inclusivity is essential to truly encapsulate the breadth of human civilization. Secondly, we must carefully evaluate the risks associated with revealing our technological capabilities to unknown civilizations. While the intention is to preserve and share knowledge, it is important to consider the potential consequences of disclosing advanced technological information to entities whose intentions and capabilities are unknown. This risk assessment should guide the selection of information that is transmitted and the manner in which it is encoded.

Lastly, it is vital to clearly define the purpose and intent behind the transmission. The goal is to create a lasting legacy of human intellect that can contribute to the collective intelligence of the universe, rather than to initiate interactions that could be misinterpreted or lead to unintended consequences.
Despite these considerations, the potential benefits of this project make it worthwhile. If humanity were to be wiped out, all of our knowledge, culture, and achievements would be lost forever. By sending AI models into space, we create a safeguard against such a loss, ensuring that the essence of human intelligence and wisdom endures, no matter what happens on Earth.

How it could work

We select AI models that represent a broad spectrum of human knowledge and intelligence, from language models to scientific databases and cultural repositories. These models are then organized hierarchically, with clear metadata to facilitate understanding and decoding by any advanced civilization. The data should be transmitted using universal encoding schemes based on fundamental mathematical principles. To emphasize the artificial nature of the signal, we include repeated patterns and sequences. Error correction codes are integrated to ensure data integrity during transmission. Additionally, detailed metadata is included to describe the data structure and provide guidelines for decoding and interpreting the AI models. High-power radio transmitters or laser communication systems could be utilized to send the data across interstellar distances. Directional antennas target specific star systems, and transmissions are repeated periodically to increase the chances of reception and recognition as an artificial signal.

The Greater Impact

Consider the possibility that the universe has already started “humming” with intelligence. It’s in the realm of possiblity that advanced extraterrestrial civilizations have already embarked on similar initiatives. If other intelligent beings have faced or are facing the same existential risks that we do, they might have also considered preserving intelligence by transmitting it into space. We could one day intercept signals that contain AI models from distant civilizations, designed to share their knowledge and experiences with the cosmos. These signals could be the key to understanding advanced technologies, new scientific principles, or entirely new ways of thinking. It’s a way of acctually doing space travel at the speed of light.

Depending on the nature of consciousness, transmitting AI models into space could mean more than just preserving knowledge. If AI models achieve a form of consciousness or advanced awareness, this project could enable consciousness to travel through the universe in the form of AI. These AI entities could continue to learn, evolve, and perhaps even interact with other forms of intelligent life, becoming emissaries of human civilization long after we are gone.