Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 05:07 PM 20/10/00 -0400, Robin wrote:
> >My model assumes fixed technology.
> Aargh. Why not put in a flat earth while you're at it? :)
> But I suppose Robin's premise is that by the time you have a spherical wave
> of near-light-velocity seeds rampaging outward, effectively all knowable
> physics and technology tweaks have been discovered by its sponsor culture
> (since that has to happen sooner or later).
Why would you assume that? For the Cosmic slime-mold model to work we
don't need a lot beyond super-adaptable grey-goo and the ability to
construct light sail devices to carry the colony to the next victim
area. Dirt-cheap, highly efficient, not distracted by useless
philosophizing, moralizing and thinking about this and that. A true
engineering dream come true.
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