The Planetarium Hypothesis - A Resolution of the Fermi Paradox

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S. Baxter (2001), JBIS, 54, 210-216

Refcode: 2001.54.210
Keywords: Fermi Paradox, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, virtual reality

A possible resolution to the Fermi Paradox is that we are living in an artificial universe, perhaps a form of virtual- reality `planetarium', designed to give us the illusion that the universe is empty. Quantum-physical and thermo- dynamic considerations inform estimates of the energy required to generate such simulations of varying sizes and quality. The perfect simulation of a world containing our present civilisation is within the scope of a Type K3 extraterrestrial culture. However the containment of a coherent human culture spanning ~100 light years within a perfect simulation would exceed the capacities of any conceivable virtual-reality generator.


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