It might detect large numbers of alien robots.
A new Chinese radio telescope could detect large numbers of self-replicating alien robotics before they attack Earth.
Dr. Zaza Osmanov is an associate professor of physics at the Free University of Tbilisi. He recently published a preprint paper which calculates how China's Five-hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope could detect swarms of extraterrestrial devices, known as Von Neumann probes.
Advanced civilizations could use these self-replicating devices to explore the universe, as John von Neumann first proposed. Osmanov's paper, first seen by Universe Today, suggests that FAST could detect large numbers of these devices because it uses a radio spectral band.
Search for and destroy
A huge swarm or robots from another planet would cause serious concern for human health. It could also self-replicate and consume all resources to continue its reproduction. If we ever were unlucky enough to meet one, it would be extremely helpful to detect an alien swarm quickly.
Osmanov believes FAST could do that. The telescope could only act as an early warning system. The actual fight against the self-replicating alien threat would be up to Earth.
Osmanov's paper is not yet peer-reviewed to be published in an actual journal. It's a fascinating, if not terrifying, hypothesis. Let's hope it never comes in use.
READ MORE: China's FAST Telescope Could Detect Self Replicating Alien Probes [Universe Today]
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