Re: Do you want to phone E.T.?
I don't believe in exponential increases either. Leave that to the singularist crowd. But I do believe that a civilization 1000 years ahead of us will be capable of things we can only dream of.
Lets put it this way. History is scattered with examples of cultures meeting more technologically advanced cultures. How well did that turn out for the primitives ones? Even in cases where the more advanced had altruistic motives?
Baby, you and me were never meant to be, just maybe think of me once in a while...