SALT Talks September 12, 2013Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Brilliant words, Geek Stuff, Science, Star Trek Technology, Uncategorizable.
Our Solar System is measured in light minutes. The nearest stars are light years away. Is that appalling distance humanity’s prison wall forever?
“The 100-year Starship” is the name of a now-culminating project that
mustered a handful of scientists and science fiction writers to contemplate how Earthlings might, over the coming century, realistically develop the ability to escape our Solar System and travel the light years to others. Participants included scientists such as Freeman Dyson and Martin Rees and writers such as Gregory Benford and Neal Stephenson. The professional futurist in the group was Peter Schwartz, who contributed scenarios playing out four futures of starship ambitions. To his surprise, exploring the scenarios suggested that getting effective star travel over the coming century or two is not a long shot. Even by widely divergent paths, it looks like a near certainty. Schwartz’s talk will report on the exciting work by the 19 participants and spell out the logics of his scenarios. The new book from the
project, Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon, will be
available at the event.
"The Starships ARE Coming," Peter Schwartz, SFJAZZ Center, Hayes Valley,
San Francisco, 7pm, Tuesday, September 17. The show starts promptly at
To be sure of a seat:
- Long Now Members can use the discount code on the Schwartz Seminar page to reserve 2 free seats.
- You can purchase tickets for $15 each.
- Tune into the live audio stream for Long Now Members at 7:30 PST – become a member for just $8 a month.
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