A researcher makes the case that in cosmic scale terms, it is a very fast transition from having the start of intelligence and technology to becoming a Dyson sphere scale civilization. A Dyson Swarm or Dyson Sphere civilization would be one that uses all of the energy of a star to power its civilization.
The Homo Sapien “Great Leap Forward” leading to full behavioral modernity sets in only after separation. Rapidly increasing sophistication in tool-making and behaviour is apparent from about 80,000 years ago, and the migration out of Africa follows towards the very end of the Middle Paleolithic, some 60,000 years ago. Fully modern behaviour, including figurative art, music, self-ornamentation, trade, burial rites etc. is evident by 30,000 years ago. The oldest unequivocal examples of prehistoric art date to this period, the Aurignacian and the Gravettian periods of prehistoric Europe, such as the Venus figurines and cave painting (Chauvet Cave) and the earliest musical instruments (the bone pipe of Geissenklösterle, Germany, dated to about 36,000 years ago).
The shift from Egyptian, early China, Greek, Roman scale civilizations to Renaissance and then Industrialization was something relatively stable for three thousand years and then a six hundred year transition.
He and others like Freeman Dyson have proposed that we should use astronomy to look for the visible and detectable actions of some of those Dyson Sphere capable (Kardashev Type 2) civilizations.
He proposes that stellar scale civilizations that need to migrate to another star could use visible methods of migration.
He argues that a Type 2 civilization has fully mastered using the resources and energy of stars. They can use them to move stars. He ignores the planets because a mature Type 2 civilization could migrate to the surface of a neutron star. The intelligence would have changed substrate to become computronium. Computronium is the densest and fastest form of computation. He cites the beginnings of our transition to truly capable AI. Full Type 1, let alone full Type 2 civilizations would transition from chemical energy to mastering fully nuclear energy.
The binary star system would be the natural architecture of Type 2 civilizations.
He then shows that if the civilization is the surface of neutron star, they would be taking the energy flow of a companion star and evaporating the material flow. When the first star is used up, then they would move to the next star. Nearly, the entire neutron star could be the computronium of the Type 2 civilization.
He then proposes the stellar spider engine. The companion star would be manipulated with control moves with three directional thrust moves. The civilization would move to another star in about 400 years with 76000 ISP move using the remains of a star that they were consuming.
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