"One of the main problems of exploring the stellar systems of the galaxy even for very advanced civilizations is that a serial journey
even at the speed of light
would take so long time that most of the stars would have died during the journey. One solution is to parallelize
the problem: the explorer travels to a new system, creates a number of copies (xoxes
) of himself and sends them to other systems, while he remains behind exploring the system (this is a variant of exploring the galaxy using von Neumann
machines). After around 10 million years, when all of the galaxy has been explored, the explorers gather together at a prearranged place, and exchange or merge their memories ('The Far Edge Party'). This was proposed by Keith Henson
as a possible method for a single individual
to visit all of the galaxy
within a reasonable time."
For an imagined account of a Far Edge Party, keep your eyes open for Ed Regis' Excerpt from the Great Mambo Chicken.
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