> > One other scenario is that a civilization  has indeed reached this
> pervasive
> > state, but not in a form we'd readily  recognize. They may be
> nano-lifeforms
> > or microorganisms, for example. This is probably harder to believe
because
> > only so much complexity can be stored in such an organism, but you never
> > know.
>
> Maybe you could have trillions of these nonolifeforms that are no more
than
> the eyes and ears of one superintelligent being.
>

AKA: some distributed intelligence's "smart dust"?; geez there really isn't
anything new under the sun!

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