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March 13, 2008

Carnival of Space Week 45

Carnival of Space week 45 is up at missyfrye.net

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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