Re: Possible solution to Fermi's Paradox?

Robin Hanson (
Thu, 04 Mar 1999 09:32:39 -0800

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
>As it is, given that at least one in a thousand mortal races would be
>disciplined enough to avoid a Singularity entirely - hiveminds and the
>like - and spread with Slow Zone tech across the galaxies, I can only
>assume that the first Singularity to notice their radio emissions grabs
>them and leaves. This would seem to bode well for us, as the simplest
>explanation would seem to be altruistic (Compact?) motives.
>But then why haven't we been contacted by our local self-reproducing
>Observer nanobot? Or if races are "cleaned up" and exterminated, why
>haven't we been destroyed? And if the Powers don't interfere at all,
>why aren't the mortal remnants developing normally?

Maybe they know they can safely wait a bit long before doing anything.

Robin Hanson   
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