Advanced Extraterrestrial civilizations are in a period of self-imposed deep hibernation. They are waiting for a future where the universe is much colder than it is today, in order to harness a type of energy that currently is not available to anyone.
According to Fermi’s paradox, the universe is a supermassive place which billions of stars and planets are home to countless developed and undeveloped alien civilizations, where Earth is just one of the many planets that can host life.
But, if there are so many alien civilizations out there, how come we haven’t found them officially?
Well, the reality is that even if the universe was populated by alien civilizations, there is no way to get in touch with them. Unless they live in the Milky Way, it would be difficult to find traces of aliens, due to the expansion of space: it would take billions of years to reach these civilizations, and we obviously don’t have that type of technology yet.
However, there may be an explanation to all of the fuzz about aliens and why we haven’t encountered them yet.
Two neuroscientists at Oxford University, Anders Sandberg, and Stuart Armstrong, along with Milan Ćirković of the Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade in Serbia, have suggested that alien civilizations are in a period of self-imposed “hibernation”, i.e., they are waiting for a future in which the Universe is colder than it is today in order to achieve a kind of processing energy that cannot be achieved today. How clever…right?
The new research was accepted for publication in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society and states how the conditions in our universe are simply too warm for a digital, computer-based super civilization, which has entered into a state of aestivation—hibernation, waiting for a time when the universe is much colder.
Scientists argue that more advanced civilizations may have already traveled the universe and are just waiting for a better time to live and expand.
In the words of Sandberg and Ćirković, “Cosmic background of our universe is at three degrees Kevin above absolute zero, and as the universe is expanding, the average temperature will drop exponentially.” So “if you want to accumulate the most processing information with the energy you have, it makes sense to wait. It will be exponentially better. ”
Researchers explain that trillions of years from now, when the cosmic background radiation of the universe is reduced to practically nothing, mostly due to the expansion rates of the universe, and extinguishment of stars, information processing will be achievable at a rate 1030 greater than we can achieve today, scientists have calculated.
“An advanced ‘alien’ civilization may have explored a big chunk of the universe, done what is doable with existing nature, and now mostly have internal ‘cultural’ things to do,” explains Sandberg at his blog. “These things can be regarded as information processing. If an alien civilization wants to maximize processing, they should not do it today but wait until the cold future when they will get tremendously more done. They should hence aestivate.”
If this theory is true, it would mean that ancient alien civilizations are real and that they did travel across the universe and even possibly our galaxy but are now extremely difficult to find.
However, Sanberg believes how even though aliens may be dormant now, we should still be able to see signs of an aestivating civilization.