An Assay on Axioms of First Contact - Steve Firth (Doctoral Candidate, Helsinki University)

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An Assay on Axioms of First Contact
Guest Speaker:  Steve Firth (Doctoral Candidate, Helsinki University)
Day/Date:  Thursday, March 7, 2024
Time:  4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location:  AH-117 (Anderson Hall)

Abstract:  In this talk I respond to claims that communication with ETI (extra-terrestrial intelligence) would not be possible because meaning is derived from context, and that the resultant uncertainty forces us into the Hobbesian Trap (the adoption of pre-emptive military strategies as a function of mutual distrust). Shared universal contexts, however, suggest that communication at a level sufficient to interpret basic dispositions may be possible. To avoid leaning on game theoretical decision making (which expresses the dilemma at the heart of the Hobbesian Trap), I commence work on a set of Axioms of First Contact for both post-detection protocol and rules of engagement.

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