Thanks to TheAquarianAge for the inspiration.
Scientific consensus says the universe is currently expanding faster than the speed of light. The universe is 13.8 billion years old. But we can now detect things 46 billion light years away from us. The speed of light limits what we capture with our most advanced instruments in the observable universe. We can only speculate what is beyond this point.
Millions of years into the future, all galaxies we detect will have expanded beyond the reach of light. We will no longer detect them in any way under the known laws of physics. It will be as though they no longer exist. Within billions of years, life on other planets in a distant galaxy develops before and after this period of time.
We know many stars have planets. The odds of a potentially habitable planet is actually quite high. Possibly as high as 100 billion in our galaxy alone.
A newfound planet, called Kepler-186f, was first spotted by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. It circles a dim red dwarf star about 490 light-years from Earth. The host star is dimmer than Earth’s sun. The planet is slightly bigger than Earth. But the positioning of the alien world coupled with its size suggests Kepler-186f could have water on its surface.
Life on other planets could reach a similar level of scientific sophistication we have now. The laws of the universe may be slightly different, so they can fly or use magic. They could have all the equivalent methods, capabilities, and scientific understanding we have yet to amass. They could have entirely different data without ever knowing something (like our world) was missing.
All the best data suggest they could live in a single galaxy within an infinite empty space. Simply because of time, their understanding of the universe would be severely lacking yet perfectly credible given the circumstances. Or maybe this is a representation of our planet, isolated from the Final Fantasy worlds…
So what are the odds a planet almost analogous to one a Final Fantasy world exists, if not already? I don’t have a number for it.
It’s very possible conditions exist somewhere in the universe/multiverse. Other than Earth, these conditions create something at least similar to a human’s consciousness. Maybe even something similar to magic, Summons, Chocobos and Cid. Also, these conditions can probably exist anywhere in the universe/multiverse.
All possible combinations or permutations in a finite system will always be finite. The permutations would seem astronomical! But given the time frame of billions of years, it may have happened, has happened, or will never happen.
It’s very possible Final Fantasy characters could have evolved from a type of ape-like being (or another species). They could have evolved emotions similar or analogous to us. Maybe they act out the core stories of the Final Fantasy games with similar types of political/religious problems. At the very least, we might see worlds similar to Final Fantasy. Maybe a planet exists out there that, by pure chance in synchronicity, Square Enix has yet to create. We might not see a donut-shaped world, but something along those lines…
Will we find alien life in 2040? I’d give my hopes up and expect to see Gaia or Spira.
But with our luck, it’ll just have plant life.
The plant will be a Malboro.