Artificial Intelligence may someday play a part in the relationship between mankind and extraterrestrials. It has already been posited that some aliens might actually be entirely comprised of AI, with their creator civilizations already long extinct. That is in fact the main fear about further development of AI: that it will lead to the utter destruction of human beings.
We do not officially know if there are aliens out there, waiting for the right time to come and make themselves known to the world at large. Or do we? That is a matter of extraordinary debate, and seems to have been so for quite a long time. Almost everyone has heard or read about the Ancient Alien theory, stating that human beings were genetically engineered in the remote past. Could this be true? Could our ancient ancestors actually be from another world? Or, could we have been biologically manipulated by ancient AI machines from somewhere else in the cosmos?
It could be argued on a particular level that human beings are the AI created by some other race. If we are in fact an ‘artificial race’ then that would be a close enough definition for some to label us as AI.
For others, the prospect of both Aliens and human-level Artificial General Intelligence is equally unlikely, negating each of the above scenarios altogether,
Yet another consideration is the role that AI might ultimately play in protecting the Earth and the human race from potentially hostile extraterrestrial biological entities, or even our own AI warring against AI from other places. This can get a little complicated, as you can see.
I am personally of the opinion that yes, there are other intelligent life forms in this Universe, and that yes, human beings will eventually develop human-level AI. Since the supposed reality of both of these situations is in the future, it might be wise to think about these things now, and make preparations for what these new variables might bring into our lives.