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Excellent entire thread.
This is known as the Fermi paradox and is orthogonal to AI issues - you run into it whether (unlikely) biological evolved creatures are eating the stars, or superintelligences are. Either can build fast probes. Best analysis I've seen:
I think the opening chapters of A Fire Upon the Deep did a great job.
It may be unfair to compare the best of the past with the random of the present; but even so, reading this essay from 1909, I am struck by how it takes a delight in ideas and thinking, which seems to be almost vanished from the present day.
This is an important thread full of important facts I did not know.