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  • Or we might do the upload/starwisp thing Stross explores in Accelerando.

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  • But I suspect some combination of these technologies will show up sooner or later - barring resource-depletion crashes and/or habitable-biosphere-envelope departures on a planetary scale - and once you've got two out of the three, a starwisp-driven expansion starts to look feasible (if energetically expensive). what I was talking about earlier.

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  • Finally, if we can do the upload thing well enough to provide the brains to run our starwisp in the first place, we can probably make do without building a biosphere at the other end.

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  • In particular, it's a lot cheaper than travelling in person (and anyway, we've got the honking great big solar power station/maser grid we built to launch the starwisp in the first place; might as well put it to use).

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  • I expect it'd only happen in the wake of our development of stable, safe space habitats - itself a huge obstacle (Just look at the history of our first modular space station if you want to get an idea of the problems surrounding life in space) - and if the energy costs required to launch a starwisp are high (56Gw for about a month to punch a

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