11 October 2013
Warp fields and other stars
The Interstellar Journeys blog has a nice (albeit, quite short) documentary on interstellar flight, focusing on some recent research into the possible creation of a warp drive. My gut feeling is that if we ever make it to the stars, it'll be because we've managed to colonize the planets and asteroids in our own solar system first. I think the real turning point will be when the off-world population and economy surpasses that of Earth and is no longer dependent on the Earth. At that point, the amount of labor, creativity, and assumption of risk that we could throw at the problem would surely lead to some major breakthroughs.