An "After Earth Day" Discussion on Future Innovations

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Post by Lurker on Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:18 pm

What will the far future look like? For actor Will Smith and his son Jaden, the next generation could mark a "tipping point" for the environment. For futurist Ray Kurzweil, solar power is the solution to our energy ills. But for a look at the really far future, turn to Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. He's already thinking about spreading out from Earth to other planets — and engaging the warp drive to get to other star systems.
"There's some potential, even though it sounds science-fictiony, for warp drive to work," Musk said on Tuesday during a Google+ Hangout to publicize "After Earth," Smith's upcoming movie. "Technically, to warp space such that you're traveling at the speed of light, but you've warped space so that space is actually traveling."
http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/23/17883376-spacexs-elon-musk-and-friends-look-to-the-far-future-engage-warp-drive?lite
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Post by Ben Reilly on Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:08 pm

I think Musk puts the question perfectly: "Either we're a spacefaring civilization, or we're going to be bound to Earth until some eventual extinction event."

Really, if we're going to transcend the fate of any individual planet, we have to figure out space travel.

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