Somewhere in the universe, there is a planet similar to the Earth, with living beings similar to humans:

  • they can find on this planet any resources we can find on earth (water, clay, cooper, ...);
  • they can do anything a human can do (move, handle objects, ...);
  • (edit) they are biologically identical to humans.

I think* that there is a significant chance that this civilization build primitive weapons, hunts or boats, like we did before - just because their life may depend on it. ... and maybe later, they will also discover farming, agriculture, etc.

But I doubt that there is a significant chance that one day they will build an iPhone, because we didn't build this for survival.

That said, it must be a moment from where the alien technology should differ from ours. Which era?

*this is just my supposition and not an assumption, feel free to contradict this if necessary.


closed as primarily opinion-based by sphennings, Lee Leon, Bellerophon, Olga, SPavel Jan 8 '18 at 19:12

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    $\begingroup$ How biologically close are your species to humans? Our bodies' structure, needs and capabilities dictate most of our inventions. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Jan 8 '18 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ the statement "they can do anything a human can do (move, handle objects, ...)" is not sufficient? $\endgroup$ – roipoussiere Jan 8 '18 at 18:11
  • $\begingroup$ Probably at every point, just a guess. $\endgroup$ – sphennings Jan 8 '18 at 18:11
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    $\begingroup$ @roipoussiere Unfortunately questions on this site need to be specific. If you don't specify you run the risk of your question getting put on hold as too broad. $\endgroup$ – sphennings Jan 8 '18 at 18:37
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    $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, this question lacks constraints and invites all kinds of speculation. An alien civilisation can diverge from our development path at any arbitrary point. In fact, it may never follow it in the first place. I would suggest editing your question to make it more specific. As it is now I vote to put on hold as opinion-based. $\endgroup$ – Olga Jan 8 '18 at 19:11