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Monday, December 07, 2009

Solution to Fermi's Paradox
The solution to Fermi's paradox is kind of obvious, really, if you think about it in the right way. First, in case you're unfamiliar, Fermi's Paradox is:
The age of the universe and its vast number of stars suggest that if the Earth is typical, extraterrestrial life should be common. In an informal discussion in 1950, the physicist Enrico Fermi questioned why, if a multitude of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations exist in the Milky Way galaxy, evidence such as spacecraft or probes are not seen.
In short, where the hell are they?

The answer is this: Any civilization with sufficient curiosity to wonder what the universe holds, and sufficient creativity to go about the process of finding out will inevitably discover than it is far simpler, easier, and cheaper to model your own virtual universe that it is to travel the physical one. This notion will henceforth be known as Max's Axiom.

Given the continuing relevance of Moore's Law (that computational power will double every two years or so) and the emergence of highly sophisticated modeling technologies, and the increasing popularity of virtual environments, I suppose that it is only a matter of time--and short time at that--before we ourselves have engineered a virtual universe of our own. A universe where we can all be immortal, powerful, fully realized creatures armed with full knowledge and understanding of our creation. That is, if we are not already in such a universe of someone else's manufacture.

posted by Max E. Keele 10:20 AM

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