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That is not dead which can eternal lie: The aestivation hypothesis for resolving Fermi's paradox

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If a civilization wants to maximize computation it appears rational to aestivate until the far future in order to exploit the low temperature environment: This can produce a 10∗° multiplier of achievable computation. We hence suggest the "aestivation hypothesis": The reason we are not observing manifestations of alien civilizations is that they are currently (mostly) inactive, patiently waiting for future cosmic eras. This paper analyses the assumptions going into the hypothesis and how physi...

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University of Oxford
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Societies, Other & Subsidiary Companies
Department:
Kellogg College
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Kellogg College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
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HUMS
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Philosophy Faculty
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Publisher:
British Interplanetary Society Publisher's website
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JBIS - Journal of the British Interplanetary Society Journal website
Volume:
69
Issue:
11
Pages:
406-415
Publication date:
2016-11-01
ISSN:
0007-084X
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710427
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uuid:2836b807-21ce-431a-9271-289e837f10be
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2017-08-23

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