Carnival of Space Week 45

Carnival of Space week 45 is up at

Centauri Dreams talks about replication machines and space colonization

Centauri Dreams was examining the issue based on another article at George Dvorsky’s sentient developments on seven ways to control the galaxy with self replicating probes.

I recently took a look at these visions and came up with a Von Neumann probe taxonomy. I came up with 7 basic spacecraft functions:

1. Exploration
2. Communication
3. Working
4. Colonization
5. Uplifting
6. Berserking
7. Policing

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  1. Strictly speaking you are right, but it is usual that people are looking at mAhs, because the voltage of similar bateries is nearly the same. And because they talk about the change of electrode structure it doesn’t seem to bring change of voltage.

  2. mAh is not a measure of energy, it is a measure of charge… this seems like a promising discovery, but to be able to assess its capacity, we also need to know the voltage – but maybe that is known to all as a universal constant?


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