On dark matter
- Banana Blueberry Smoothie (360)
- Pear (80)
- Turkey breast (65)
- Cottage Cheese (120)
- Red Grapes (100)
- Baby Carrots (90)
- Jalapeno Soy Cheese (130)
- Salami (100)
- Thin crust Spinach Pizza (440)
- 4 cups Coffee: (20)
- Nutrigrain Bar (140)
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Ye Grande Total: 1735 calories
So given the discovery (see last post) of an entire galaxy of dark matter, it brings back a memory of a fascinating idea I once read. I think it was first posed by Robert J. Bradbury on the extropians list, but no clue if that is the origin of the idea.
Dark matter has been a mystery for quite some time now. Another great mystery, given the Drake equation, is that we have not detected or come across any other life in the galaxy. It seems truly odd, given the extreme unlikeliness of our race being the first in the galaxy.
In a post-singularity situation, a transcendant AI wanting to grow smarter and more powerful would need to build as large a computational device as possible. It would need to dissasemble the solar system’s planets and asteroids in order to build as much computational substrate as possible. Besides raw materials, the other thing such a being would need is energy. Nothing could match the sun as a source of raw power. What if the AI was able to build the computational structure as a huge solar shell, completely enveloping the star in a lattice of solar computational material. From the outside, it would appear as if the star had dissapeared. Where are all the aliens?
Perhaps there is no ‘dark matter’, but only billions of missing stars, blacked out by the superpowers for energy, and we just can’t see them. Perhaps this dark matter galaxy is the end result of an exponential growth runaway superpower that has devoured the entire galaxy for energy. Obviously, I’m no astrophysicist. But I can smell a good SciFi novel.