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Probabilities: Longevity

  • Michael A. G. Michaud

Abstract

Our ability to answer this question is extremely limited. Soviet astronomer V.A. Ambartsumian summarized the problem in 1971: We do not have even a single example of the lifetime of a technical civilization.2 As we know of only one technological species—our own—we are in effect trying to predict our own future.

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Black Hole Solar System Mass Extinction Technological Civilization Giant Impact 
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