Eventual interstellar travel. Bonus or bogus for humanity?

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  1. soulman969

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    Travelling at or beyond speed of light is impossible no matter what tech might be available
    It’s just funny that in an infinite universe there is a law that can’t be broken and that’s the speed of light which means we’re stuck in our backyard, the only hope for mankind is upload tech the coming technological singularity and that’s a risk as well
     
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    Yeah, we’d have to solve that pesky “infinite mass” problem. But once we do that, it’s warp drives for everyone!
     
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    I don't think aliens dropped their prisoners here, it was more of a Joe Dirt thing.
    No matter what, space is the final frontier if humans hope to keep going.
     
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    The sad possible Probable truth is the Fermi Paradox
    The great silence, where is everyone :thumb:
     
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    Oh wow interesting thread and I'm still trying to grasp the notion that the earth is not flat after all.....:whistling:
     
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    So - if you leave how are you going to find your way back ?
     
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    I believe that we have to be incredibly selfish to believe that we are the only intelligent life form in the universe.
    We aren't even the only intelligent life form on the planet... just the highest developed one with opposable thumbs.
    At the same time, we have to be incredibly conceited to believe that any species with the technology to reach Earth would have any interest in us.

    Science fiction ideas are fun to entertain, and a worthy goal to work toward, but the fact remains that even at the speed of light, we are still over 4 years away from the nearest star... and that's not even taking into consideration the scouting trips that would be needed before investing in sending an actual lander anywhere.
    I can pretty confidently say that this incarnation of the human race is going to be forever physically bound to this solar system, and most likely, to three of the inner 4 planets.
     
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    What makes anyone think that beings from other planets will be friendly and happy to see us ? ... I think that we should keep a low profile .
     
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    Aye. Stephen Hawking made a similar statement.

    Look what we do with "lesser" lifeforms.
     
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    Yep... Xenophobia runs deep and is likely universal. It is a survival instinct, and any species advanced or more advanced than us is going to have similar survival instincts. First contact must be very carefully arranged and non-threatening... dropping Starship into what appears to be an open field but turns out to be the burial site of "the ancients" would not go over well.

    Nor would a species coming here and attempting to land on the White House lawn right next to Marine-One, believing the Washington Monument to be a landing beacon.
     
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    I suggest reading "The Prince" by Jerry Pournelle and S.M Sterling.
     
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