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Physicist proposes answer to Fermi Paradox

By T.K. Randall
June 8, 2020 · Comment icon 307 comments

Are we destined to wipe out all life in the universe ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 BarricadeCaptures / Flickr
If the universe is teeming with intelligent alien civilizations, then why have we yet to discover any?
The question of whether we are alone in the universe remains one of the biggest philosophical conundrums of our time. While it seems almost inconceivable that our civilization is alone in the cosmos, the fact still remains that we have yet to see any evidence to the contrary.

The Fermi paradox, which highlights the contradiction between the likely existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the fact that we have still never encountered any, seems to suggest that either there are no aliens out there, or they are so rare that it is unlikely we would ever come across them.

Now one physicist has come up with another explanation - one that could explain, not only why we have yet to discover alien life, but also what might ultimately happen in the future.

In a new paper, theoretical physicist Alexander Berezin from the National Research University of Electronic Technology (MIET) in Russia proposes what he calls the "First in, last out" solution.

"What if the first life that reaches interstellar travel capability necessarily eradicates all competition to fuel its own expansion ?" he asks.
This doesn't necessarily mean that an advanced alien race will deliberately go around wiping out other civilizations, but that "they simply won't notice, the same way a construction crew demolishes an anthill to build real estate because they lack incentive to protect it."

But if such a scenario were true, why have we yet to be destroyed in the same manner ?

That's because, Berezin argues, we are most likely to be the very destroyers he describes.

"One rogue AI can potentially populate the entire supercluster with copies of itself, turning every solar system into a supercomputer, and there is no use asking why it would do that," he wrote.

"All that matters is that it can."

For the sake of all life in the universe, let us hope that he is wrong.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (307)

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Comment icon #298 Posted by astrobeing 4 years ago
That would be a great title for science fiction novel, well, once you fix the spelling error of course.
Comment icon #299 Posted by Rlyeh 4 years ago
All from hoaxers.
Comment icon #300 Posted by Hazzard 4 years ago
Thats it, no more TV for a week, now go to you room and let the grown ups talk! 
Comment icon #301 Posted by Golden Duck 4 years ago
Look!  Not one ET contestant!
Comment icon #302 Posted by RickFromTexas 4 years ago
I never claimed they were, those words came from your head not mine, lol.
Comment icon #303 Posted by RickFromTexas 4 years ago
Lol, so if aliens were visiting Earth, how do YOU think they'd get here, hmmm, in an IFO? Too funny! Try thinking your answers through first.
Comment icon #304 Posted by Rlyeh 4 years ago
Use your brain here, what does UFO stand for?
Comment icon #305 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 4 years ago
Did you have to bloody ask that question? You know what he's going to say! 
Comment icon #306 Posted by Rlyeh 4 years ago
There is really only one thing it stands for.  The whole idea they're aliens is an argument from ignorance.
Comment icon #307 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 4 years ago
Completely agree. Baffles me they have come up with their own definition for it when there already is one. It's like when "ufo hunters" are surprised to see "weird lights or craft" near Area know the massive Air Force Base which the CIA stated is for testing NEW AIRCRAFT and other technology. Of course you're going to see something weird!

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