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#1 Posted by NTM (7034 posts) -


#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (34618 posts) -

Never, since if they did, they'd destroy the goddamn universe.

#3 Edited by TheVeteran13 (1197 posts) -

After I'm long dead.

#4 Posted by NTM (7034 posts) -

I have no idea as to when it would happen, so it'd be pointless for me to really make a choice, but I'll just do it since that's the only way I can see choices. I'll choose C. Anyways, I've done this in the past, but I'd like to post this link for those that are interested in theories from scientist and what not, of what our future may be.

http://www.futuretimeline.net/23rdcentury/23rdcentury.htm

#5 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4672 posts) -
#6 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

Only Karl Pilkington knows the answer.

#7 Posted by Intro (1191 posts) -

@AlexanderSheen said:

This, light is fast as fuck guys. Although we do have stuff like this.

L.A. to N.Y. in 12 minutes I believe. And that's what the government tells us about. I'm not some conspiracy theorist either. But it's a fact that we don't find out about the futuristic tech until it's been out/used for a while, they won't tell us what they have as soon as it's made. The bombers during Vietnam are an example of that, iirc.

#8 Posted by adoggz (1953 posts) -

let me consult my history of the future textbook. lets see....... lotto numbers, no..... sports team victories, no......... ahh here it is faster than light travel. Discovered in 1987 by a Mr. Gerstmann and used to get some mars burgers. Promptly forgotten about forever afterwords.

#9 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5120 posts) -

@NTM said:

I have no idea as to when it would happen, so it'd be pointless for me to really make a choice, but I'll just do it since that's the only way I can see choices. I'll choose C. Anyways, I've done this in the past, but I'd like to post this link for those that are interested in theories from scientist and what not, of what our future may be.

http://www.futuretimeline.net/23rdcentury/23rdcentury.htm

I love that timeline. Some of the stuff in the next few years is so cool.

#10 Posted by Slaker117 (4835 posts) -

Tomorrow, probably.

#11 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1569 posts) -

Was the CERN thing officially debunked, or is it still up in the air?

Either way, I don't think it's a matter of going faster than light, but folding space.

#12 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4866 posts) -

FTL?

#13 Posted by NTM (7034 posts) -

@BestUsernameEver: Sorry, faster than light.

#14 Posted by hoossy (932 posts) -

The omega relays were destroyed so never...

#15 Posted by WickedFather (1714 posts) -

Principles this century but only applicable to subatomic flim-flam or wave effects.  A real physical application, that's awayaway.

#16 Posted by Toxin066 (3197 posts) -

We have to understand how to connect two points in space first (it's been explained to me like connecting two points on a paper by folding the paper in half). I'm gonna guess we do that in the 22nd century. Then we get the know how to manipulate points, then we have to build a machine that can do that. So I'm gonna say 24th century.

#17 Posted by NTM (7034 posts) -

@BraveToaster: Ha ha, yes, kind of ironic really. I had changed it just after I made this.

@Paul_Is_Drunk: Yeah, maybe.

@PeasantAbuse: Have you seen the site before? Or you just saw it now? Either way, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

@hoossy: Not yet. They'll be destroyed in our future; 173 years, and nine months from now, or maybe they won't.

#18 Posted by NTM (7034 posts) -

@Toxin066: Yeah, Paul_Is_Drunk mentioned that.

#19 Posted by Korwin (2721 posts) -

FTL, never. Some kind of point to point jump gate wormhole type deal, probably the 24th.

#20 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5120 posts) -

@NTM: I have glanced at it before, but this is the fist time I've really read anything on it.

#21 Posted by LiquidPrince (15610 posts) -

After they figure out how to move at Light speed...

#22 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4307 posts) -

Isnt it impossible to move faster than the speed of light?

#23 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@PeasantAbuse said:

@NTM said:

I have no idea as to when it would happen, so it'd be pointless for me to really make a choice, but I'll just do it since that's the only way I can see choices. I'll choose C. Anyways, I've done this in the past, but I'd like to post this link for those that are interested in theories from scientist and what not, of what our future may be.

http://www.futuretimeline.net/23rdcentury/23rdcentury.htm

I love that timeline. Some of the stuff in the next few years is so cool.

Until you read on until the very end of the timeline and goddamn... extremely lonely.

#24 Posted by theveej (791 posts) -

For me D,E,F,G are are possible. I chose D because we might stumble on to something but other than that its either never or in a really really long time from now.

#25 Posted by kindgineer (2486 posts) -

I think it would be naive to click "Never." Mainly because we have only been playing with this type of technology for a very small amount of time, how would we know?

I think we will be having a forum post (if there are forums) years from now about "Do you think we'll have [speed of even faster than FTL!]?"

#26 Posted by AutoBarn (78 posts) -

Couple of weeks. Pretty sure we'll have cracked it by then.

#27 Edited by EthanielRain (583 posts) -

I think we'll destroy ourselves - and probably Earth itself, too - before we reach that level of intelligence.

#28 Posted by ThatFrood (3360 posts) -

Tomorrow.

#29 Posted by VisariLoyalist (2991 posts) -

@ThatFrood said:

Tomorrow.

if it happens tomorrow does that make you space jesus or something?

#30 Posted by Rohok (550 posts) -

Anyone who believes we won't find a way to travel beyond our solar system is a quitter. Quitting is for pussies.

#31 Posted by Xeiphyer (5589 posts) -

Considering the speed at which new information is created and discovered, if it is possible, it couldn't be more than a few hundred years from discovery. Now, when can we actually build a large working prototype? I imagine that's quite a bit farther away. 
 
Though who knows what we will have in the future. All it takes is one person to make one breakthrough and our whole future could be radically different.

#32 Posted by Daveyo520 (6597 posts) -

Sorry, it is kind of impossible.

#33 Posted by mrfizzy (1464 posts) -

This sort of depends on the context. We can already get individual particles to go faster than the speed of light. As for getting a human to go that speed? Never, even if they did manage to do it the person would never survive. Also the cost of doing it would probable rule it out.

#34 Posted by Xakura (126 posts) -

The singularity. Then all bets are off.

#35 Posted by Korolev (1648 posts) -

@Paul_Is_Drunk said:

Was the CERN thing officially debunked, or is it still up in the air?

Either way, I don't think it's a matter of going faster than light, but folding space.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depends on how you look at it) it was debunked. Most scientists working at CERN had serious reservations about announcing "FTL particles". Turns out it was a faulty cable that was throwing off their measurements. The guy who "announced" the discovery looks like a fool because he said that he "accounted" for every possibility, but no, he didn't account for a loose/faulty cable. He voluntarily left his job out of shame.

#36 Posted by PerryVandell (2100 posts) -

Probably never, as it would require us to decrease our mass to zero. The "probably" is there since we once thought the Earth was flat and the center of the universe not that long ago. Either way, it'll be interesting to watch how technology evolves over the coming years.

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#37 Posted by BigChickenDinner (766 posts) -

It's happened already.

Because time isn't real........

#38 Posted by KarlPilkington (2656 posts) -

@BraveToaster said:

Only Karl Pilkington knows the answer.

They never will.

#39 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6077 posts) -

Just a completely random guess based on....well nothing really, but I'm kind of leaning towards the never thing.

#40 Posted by McGhee (6091 posts) -

Perhaps near light speed, but with current physics going faster is impossible.

I've also heard that it is already theoretically possible (the math has been done) to create a worm hole to be traveled through. But the energy that would be required to send anything of significant size is so ridiculously high, like all the energy of a galaxy, that it is impossible.

What it all comes down to is a new fundamental understanding of physics, something radical. Because from what we understand about how things work now it will never happen.

But I am basically talking out of my ass, so who knows?

#41 Posted by Pezen (1469 posts) -

I am sure at some point space travel has a means to it that we're yet not entirely aware of. Some solutions only come after you've researched other solutions. Today we're looking at point-to-point holes and faster than light, but that doesn't mean there can't be other forms we're not entirely sure of yet. We're a bit too undeveloped to grasp concepts of such magnitude and too proud to think of ourselves as primates of technology. But I am certain we'll eventually be exploring the galaxy like it was business as usual. But definitely not anytime soon.

#42 Posted by Philantrophy (354 posts) -

We will be able to reach FTL because of some ruins on Mars. Isn't there a theory about using wormholes to "teleport" through the galaxy?

#43 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4777 posts) -

never since the speed of light cannot be broken what can be done is it can be cheated technically worm holes and other traveling methods aren't going faster then the speed of light but simply cheating there way through.

#44 Posted by forkboy (970 posts) -

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG said:

Isnt it impossible to move faster than the speed of light?

According to the current laws of science, yeah. But who knows what developments we'll have in 100 years time. I mean in 1895 if you asked a physicist they'd think that the idea of splitting the atom was absurd because atoms are indivisible, the clue is in the name after all. And yet less than 50 years later it had been done. Ditto with something like the age of the universe being 13.7 billion years, or the idea of light being carried by particles called photons or so many other elements of our understanding of physics. So yeah, it seems hugely unlikely, but there is a slim chance that we're missing some sort of fundamental thing in some area of physics that could enable FTL travel.

@Rohok said:

Anyone who believes we won't find a way to travel beyond our solar system is a quitter. Quitting is for pussies.

Well in fairness, travelling outside the Solar System is not the same as FTL travel. We could create stasis chambers which allow for travel over huge distance while slowing aging down to almost nothing or some other thing. You get the idea.

#45 Posted by ShaggE (5987 posts) -

All we need to do is build a craft out of light, then cover it in grease.

Not hard, scientists.

#46 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

Infinite time ago

#47 Edited by PenguinDust (12414 posts) -

Not going to happen. It's physically impossible. That isn't to say that some other form of interplanetary travel might be developed or discovered such as folded space and jumpgates, but just pushin' the pedal to the metal and gunning it faster than the speed of light in a spaceship won't happen.

#48 Posted by AngelN7 (2959 posts) -

B , but also who cares I'll be dead by then so I won't be traveling in cool space ships and meet cool aliens like in videogames ... this world sucks!

#49 Posted by AlexW00d (6062 posts) -

We'll never be able to travel faster than light, even a simple grasp of special relativity would show you so. Whether or not we will be able to manipulate the other supposed 7 spacial dimensions is another question entirely, and that is how we 'will' be able to cross large distances in a short amount of time, if we ever can.

#50 Edited by Godmil (134 posts) -

Faster than light travel? No.

Sorry, it's a just a big no. Any other guess is more optimistic than thinking we'll find a magical race of pixies who live in coffee cups and convert caffeine into anti-cancer diamonds.