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There's no reason a Von Neumann probe could not be built once a civilization reaches the appropriate technology level, it's a matter of desire. When a civilization becomes advanced enough all it needs to build anything is a supply of matter or energy, as the one can be used to make the other. When you say "the absence of Von Neumann probes" I suspect that ...


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Having written a short article on this is my first year of uni, I concluded that the main problems with the probes would be reliability. Not only in terms of mechanical functionality but also in terms of programming. If you were to imagine that when each probe replicates there would be some degree of transmission error or corruption. This would normally be ...


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As I said in a comment, I think this question might belong in worldbuilding. Here however is a proposal for how you might solve the problem. I think valves (vacuum tubes) would be very manufacturable using relatively simple technology, certainly compared to semiconductor manufacture. For a probe which spends its time in hard vacuum or which is willing to ...


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