LIST: The Science and Fiction of ‘Oblivion'
In the Eve Online universe, star gates, warp drives and wormholes are commonplace. Sadly, for now at least, these modes of interstellar transportation are not possible. But that doesn't mean interstellar travel is impossible; we just need to commit vast resources to such a venture.
"There are ways, in known physics, that will enable us to go from here to there, but in order to do that, we have to think differently. We have to start thinking big. And I mean really big," he said.
Stellar Foresight Big ideas are not without precedent in human history. Take, for example, the great cathedrals in Europe or the pyramids of Egypt. These were projects that lasted generations; builders would live and die constructing these massive monuments never to see them completed.
In modern history, Johnson pointed out, incredible engineering foresight has also been made. Referring to a recent trip to the Hoover Dam, which straddles the Nevada/Arizona border, he said, "this dam was built in the 1930s, but the design life of the dam itself (not the power systems) is 2,000 years ... that's foresight! That's engineering planning. That's something we shouldn't be afraid of today when planning for our (species') future."