For a hundred years or more, we've been looking for something Other... up there. Between the stars. In another dimension or on another planet. We envisioned insectoid predators and disembodied brains and solemn supermen.
But predicted encounters failed to produce results at the same time as some strange things we were doing here on Earth began to look more serious. So instead of looking for Other up there, we began trying to make it ourselves. Genetic engineering and AIs and computer hardware growing more and more powerful. We dreamed of immaterial Agents and warm-hearted steel and men partly-metal, partly-real.
We should have listened to the people who were telling us all along that it was right here with us the whole time! I mean, this parrot is so cool!