October 30, 2011 in filtered based on organisation
A very interesting initiative with a clear 22nd century perspective is the 100 year starship project. This is a project that focus on a task that require some preparation, to travel beyond out solar system. The 100 Year Starship project was initiated with a conference held in Orlando, Florida, from September 30 to October 2, 2011, co-sponsored by DARPA and NASA.
“We exist to make the capability of human travel beyond our solar system a reality within the next 100 years. We unreservedly dedicate ourselves to identifying and pushing the radical leaps in knowledge and technology needed to achieve interstellar flight, while pioneering and transforming breakthrough applications that enhance the quality of life for all on Earth. We actively seek to include the broadest swath of people and human experience in understanding, shaping and implementing this global aspiration.”
The “reality check” that they provide is very good and worth noting
“The concept of humans traveling to other star systems may appear fantastical, but no more so than the fantasy of reaching the Moon was in the days of H. G. Wells. “The First Men in the Moon” was published considerably less than 100 years before humans landed on the Moon (1901 vs. 1969), and the rapidity of scientific and technological advances was not nearly as great as it is today. The truth is that the best ideas sound crazy at first. And then there comes a time when we can’t imagine a world without them.”
The initiative also highlights some possible benefits for society, but what would be very interesting is if they could use a “9 billion filter”, .i.e. to show how these benefits would support a sustainable society with 9 billion people (living on earth).
More information about 100 year starship here.
Below is the logo for the 2014 public symposium.