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originally posted by: SpaceOverlord
Imagine if you were an alien civilization.
You were working on building the first faster than light drive. But it seems incredibly, incredibly difficult and you simply can't do it (warp drives are absolutely possible, but in this hypothetical situation let's say they weren't...)
So how could you map out the galaxy without an interstellar drive? Even the speed of light is pretty slow on a grand scale (voyages would still take hundreds, thousands and millions of years)...So how could you approach the speed of light and map out the galaxy without building a big spaceship? Von Neumann probes! What are Von Neuman probes? Imagine millions of nano bots. Because they are so small, they can be accellorated to the speed of light with relatively little energy (propulsion being something we'll get to later). So you have these globs of nanobots and you send them out in every direction. These nanobots are self replicating. They multiply quickly, stopping anywhere that has potential resources that can be quickly mined and then converted into more nanobots..If I recall correctly, scientists have estimated that using that setup within 10,000 years, you would have about every star system and planet in the galaxy mapped out. www.youtube.com...
In his book, physics of the impossible, Michio Kaku hypothesizes that UFOs might simply be these automated nano probes. The sort of propulsion system these globs would use would be a magnetic monopole (or a magnet with only one pole), as that is how you could get them flying near the speed of light.
Now think about UFOs. Certain orblike UFOs seem like they might be globs of nanobots. Also, think about many of the electromagnetic anomalies associated with many UFO sightings. Also, think about how a monopole would behave in our magnetic field...it would allow for the rapid movement, hovering, and directional change so commonly associated with UFOs.
www.forbes.com... Furthermore, if alien artifacts and mining activity is discovered on the moon (an idea that is gaining more credibility in the astrobiology circles), then this would indicate that the moon would be a probe replication area, which would make sense since moons would probably be the places where the probes convert matter and replicate, then send the swarm down on the planet bellow.
Of course, this hypothesis isn't perfect as it still fails to explain many metallic craft, but it represents a fascinating alternative look at the ET hypothesis. So my fellow scientists of ATS: Any thoughts?
originally posted by: thesearchfortruth
It's an interesting concept. I always had a weird thought about this kinda thing, where the scientists say it'll take 10,000 years or whatever to map the galaxy using these probes.
What if some civilization did that and spent tons of money and resources to make it work, but then 5,000 years later developed a better technology that could map the galaxy immediately? It would make all their previous work useless.