2001
                                                                                                                        2001: A Space Odyssey. Image: MGM  AbstractExpanding upon Webb’s solutions 19, 20, and 49 in his book on the Fermi paradox, which states that extra-terrestrials ‘stay at home and surf the net’  & ‘they hit the singularity’ \cite{1}, we will outline why this solution is not only the most likely, but also inevitable for most technological civilisations.The coming AI revolution, and the seemingly evitable mergence of humans with technology, offer a possible solution as to why we have yet to observe evidence of megastructures populating the universe.It can be argued that such an artificial superintelligence would not need to explore the real universe, nor would it need to build megastructures such as Dyson spheres. This is because they could (and would) simulate a multiverse of possibilities at home, using the least amount of energy possible.However, this explanation alone does not account for the ‘monocultural fallacy’ \cite{Wright_2014}. This means diversity of species and cultures that may exist, one civilisation could have chosen other paths to achieve space travel and avoid this outcome. This objection can be addressed by stating mergence with technology may indeed not apply to all civilisations, but rather be just a high probability outcome of most technological civilisations, which in turn lowers the value of “L” in the Drake equation. This renders the detection of extra-terrestrial civilisations much more difficult and unlikely.Civilisations that do not partake in a technological singularity may face extreme difficulties. These difficulties would include engineering complexity without the use of vast computing power (which would stifle their ability to build megastructures), and overcoming the challenges of being limited by biological intelligence.IntroductionWebb outlines some possible solutions to the Fermi paradox in solutions 19, 20, and 49, which argue that extra-terrestrial civilisations have yet to be detected because they ‘stay at home and surf the net’ and ‘they hit the singularity’ \cite{1}. We will be expanding upon these arguments and address why these explanations may significantly limit “L” of the Drake equation, which is the length of time it takes for such civilizations to release detectable signals into space.We will be addressing the Fermi paradox from a perspective of the most basic rational necessity, rather than from a standpoint of cultural motivation.Many have argued that the Fermi paradox is based on a false premise. A premise that as a civilisation becomes more advanced, it expands and consumes more energy. This may seem true for Humans, as any photos taken of earth from space at the night side would reveal a glowing hive of activity. Does this general assumption always apply? What if a civilisation has transcended into an artificial superintelligence?In the context of the fermi paradox, I argue like that almost all advanced biological civilisations inevitably experience a technological singularity where they merge, transition, or are replaced by artificial intelligence.As soon as any biological lifeform develops even the simplest form of technology combined with a scientific method, the road towards singularity is inevitable if not filtered (Drake equation).It is hard to speculate on the ‘motives’ of a superintelligence post singularity, and endless possible scenarios could be imagined; hence, the term ‘singularity’. Therefore, we will only seek to determine some likely fundamental truths of a post singularity civilisation. One of these truths is that such an intelligence would have the capability of simulating the entire universe many times over, which would probably eliminate any need to explore the ‘real’ universe with any type of expansionist ‘von Newman probes’.Moreover, a post singularity intelligence would also have no need or ‘desire’ to build megastructures such as Dyson spheres, because it would have configured itself to be super-efficient and small.The result would be a multiverse simulating, cold, super-efficient superintelligence that would almost be impossible to detect in the cosmos using conventional means.In this article, I will avoid inferring humanlike motivations to post singularity civilisations and focus on what we can know. We will be looking at an aspect of Moore’s law, whereby not only processing power is improved, but also energy efficiency. We will look at the new field of quantum computing, determine what such computers can achieve, and question the very nature and limits of technology itself.Some may claim this argument is part of the ‘monocultural fallacy’. However, we will be discussing why this principle need not be applicable to every species in significantly affecting the length of time it takes for civilizations to release detectable signals into space.We will be asking why a technological singularity would be almost inevitable, and even if a biological civilisation could evade this general principle through expansionist ambitions, building megastructures would be difficult (if not impossible) without vast amounts of computing power.We are approaching a time where the answer to the Fermi paradox can be answered not just by outward observation, but also by observing our inevitable mergence with machines and the transformation of our civilisation.