Holy fuck, we are on the verge of creating warp drive! According to a recent article on io9.com, physicist Harold White is working in the lab to test a theory, which if successful could lead to the construction of a warp drive. Aside from the sun, our nearest star is 4.3 light years away, but with this new warp drive, we could get there in two weeks.
I also dug up an article from five years ago about some exciting breakthroughs in transporter technology. Yeah, we are getting closer to that too. Although that might be slightly further off than the warp drive. Let me say that again. We are working on transporter technology, but we will probably have a warp drive first. How awesome is that?
Today’s e-readers are more advanced than the datapads on the Enterprise. Our iPads are even better. They didn’t even have iPads on the Enterprise. Our cell phones have become mini-computers and they are getting better all the time.
The future really is almost here and in some cases we are already there. Richard Branson is already working on building a colony on Mars in the near future and the Dutch are hoping to reach there by 2023.
This is indeed an exciting time to be alive, but it is not all starships and Mars colonies. The sad fact is that far too many people believe in ancient superstitions over scientific realities. These people tend to be paranoid and violent. More importantly, they tend to be in political power. They decide how much money goes to what research and they would rather try to find out what Jesus ate for breakfast than what we can eat for breakfast on a planet in the Alpha Centauri system. The greatest threat to scientific progress is religion. The greatest threat to the future are ancient superstitions. We must continue to speak out against these things.