Originally Posted by lordikon
We have no way to get to that planet without faster than light travel, we're looking at planets like this for signs of life, and to learn about other planets in general. If humans manage to live on Earth a few billion more years they will have no choice but to colonize in another star system, unless we can manage to reverse a star's death.
Well, I think the trick here is not really to "travel" in the traditional sense of traveling where you physically move from point A to point B. The trick would actually be for you to stay stationary and fold the space around you instead to move the point B to you, if you are sitting at point A. This is all still theory though and nothing more. I think that it will be a long time before anything like this becomes feasible, if it ever does.
Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123
Imma gonna bet it will take them probably another few centuries to get a way there. I mean just look how far tech has come, even in the consumer industry, from pixels and pixels into Retina displays and high tech gaming, from black and white silent films to 1080p movies in 7.1 surround, from the time we worshipped the first person going onto the moon into the beginning of space tourism, all this in a span of half a century give or take.
As long as fuel doesnt run out....
I think that your assessment is pretty optimistic and it also assumes the current rate of progress in the society will continue and possibly even accelerate over time. I am also not convinced in the feasibility of the proposed technological singularity or indefinite progress. There are always setbacks that you run into along the way that will surely set us back in general, sometimes very significantly. The overall trend will be towards progress, but not at an ever-accelerating or even continuous pace. You even just have to look at the world around us as it is now. While a few countries on the planet have the ability to make huge technological and scientific progress in general, most of the planet lives no better off or very slightly better than they did 100 years ago or even more.
Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129
We can get to this planet with current technology. It's just a rather distasteful technology; nuclear pulse propulsion using existing thermonuclear weapons. Perfectly feasible and even demonstrated with conventional explosives. It's just frowned on because of the whole nuclear aspect. And it would be too expensive and politically risky for any nation to do on its own, and no nuclear power would share its weapons with another for something like this.
Oh come on...
For a little background, look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_pulse_propulsion
. Even if you could travel 10 - 20 times as fast as you do today, it would still take you 40,000 years to get there, vs. current 400,000. What's the difference?! Conventional travel will never work in this sense.Edited by dejanh - 2/4/12 at 9:16am