Doctress Who wrote:I think that's very optimistic. Back in the 80's they thought we'd all be riding around in hover cars by now. Progress usually takes a long time to get anywhere.
And that's assuming there is life on that planet that can be 'contacted'. Just because there's a chance of life, doesn't mean it will be sentient to a human extent.
We might have been, had even a 1/20th of the funds from the military been put to that use. Flying cars we most certainly would have, might even have the required autopilot infrastructure (humans manually flying thousands of tons of metal over head won't happen).
This is in addition to what Jay said.
DaCrum wrote:IT'll be a while until we get there. Between finally canceling that failure of a shuttle program, and the fact that it's millions of miles away, it may be a very long time.
20 light years according to /sci/
Malumultimus wrote:Why do people act like we're unrelenting monsters? There's almost 7 billion of us on this planet and it's still far - far - from inhospitable. People act like, "Any day now... Any day now... And POOF! America will be gone and if you want to take a bath you'll have to walk to the goddamn ocean!"
Also, everyone apparently believes there's intelligent life out there... Alright. Fine. But why are they always more civil and peaceful and productive than us? It's just as likely...actually, moreso...that they'd be worse than us in every way, since they clearly haven't contacted us yet.
Isn't it more likely we'll end up being the visitors we always write about visiting us?
Ecologically, ethically, and rationally we are monsters. If we are naturally so then we're born monsters and if we were made that way by ourselves then we're even more ghastly. 'Far' is relative, we might be far from running out of water (only thanks to advancing desalination systems) but if you look at the size of the rain forest and the expansions of the certain deserts you see 'far' more immediate problems.
The reasoning is that in order for intelligent life forms to reach this planet they would have had to be at some point civil (to themselves) in order to produce the technology to do so and survive a trip across the stars. The simple justification is that wars cost too much in lives and resources, advances can be made that way but they can also easily be lost. Also if they were worse then us we wouldn't have to worry, they'd have killed themselves off in global nuclear war (or the like).
Huh, how does that help the government? Does cynicism improve the economy somehow?
It actually does to a certain extent, the worse people feel the more they seek immediate happiness. Quite often this means they buy products or services.