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- Galactic-scale macro-engineering: looking for signs of long-lived intelligent species, as an exercise in hope for our own
- Voros, Joseph
- If we consider Big History as simply 'our' example of the narrative of cosmic evolution playing out, then we can also seek to broaden our view of our possible fate as a species by asking questions about what paths or trajectories other species' own versions of 'Big History' might take or have taken. This presentation explores the broad contours of a couple of possible scenarios for the future evolution of an intelligent species---scenarios which might lie in our own distant future, or may have been part of another species' own Big History story. If the latter, then mounting a search for evidence of such galaxy-scale macro-engineering projects---such as will be sketched here---provides a basis for some hope in our ability to navigate the phase of 'technological adolescence' at which we find ourselves in the long-term view of the possible evolutionary 'future histories' of our species. This presentation is intended to be a fun exploration of some of the wilder implications of taking a really big-picture long-term 'Big History timescale' view of the future possibilities of successful intelligent species. I hope you enjoy the ride!
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- Seminar, speech or other presentation
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Business and Enterprise
- Horizon: The Planetarium (Scitech): Planetary Futures Event held as part of the 2012 Asia-Pacific Foresight Conference, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 16-18 November 2012
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- Big History; Intelligent species; Macro-engineering
- Asia-Pacific Foresight Conference
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2012.
- Additional information
- An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Inaugural International Big History Association Conference, August 2012 (http://hdl.handle.net/1959.3/229556); and later republished as part of a selected papers volume from the IBHA conference (http://hdl.handle.net/1959.3/366566).
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