The problem has been downgraded from being down-right impossible, to just very, very, very difficult.
But I don't think anyone is talking seriously about dismantling Jupiter... it's just an analogy to give us some idea of the immensity of the problem.
ioneill80: So personally, do you see warp drive has real potential in the future?
robousy: I do.
I think it's worthy research if we ever want to become a truly space-faring civilization. But it's clearly not something that today's technology could achieve.
ioneill80: I agree, I think we need all the ideas we can. I'd hate the thought that mankind will be restricted to pottering around the Solar System. Warp drive could truly put humans on the cosmic map.
robousy: Certainly would.
ioneill80: Now, getting onto some practicalities: I recently read some research indicating that a space ship could be cooked by Hawking Radiation if the warp bubble travels faster than the speed of light. Did your research point to problems like this?
robousy: No - that's a more recent paper and not something we addressed. The objections are valid and need to be looked into, but it's certainly not the end of the road for warp drives. Objections are good, but usually we find smart ways of circumventing problems. Humans are good at that.