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  1. #1 Will a workable warp drive be created? 
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    I gather from news that there is a fair amount of scientists working warp drive technology. (couldn't post the link to a recent article cause I'm new here).

    So my question: is there anyone here with a comprehensive enough knowledge of science history to tell whether there was some technology being worked on at some point by x amount of scientists and getting x funding, comparable what is being done in the area of warp drive. I'm asking this cause I want to get a rough estimation of whether they'll be able to build one of these things within my life time. It seems a lot of people think it's possible. So maybe it's just a matter of funding, time and manpower? Quantum computers are almost here too (almost practical that is).


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    To the best of my knowledge (not knowing what your link is) there's a number of scientists looking at a number of possibilities for warp drives - i.e. it's not a concerted effort on one particular methodology like, say, the Manhattan Project.
    There is, also to my knowledge, NO reliable method of coming up with an equation using X amount of funding + (or maybe x) Y amount of scientists = Z number of years for a technology/ scientific breakthrough to occur.
    I doubt, very very, much that a warp drive will be available in your lifetime 1,2.


    1 Unless you're gonna live 1,000 years or so.
    2 Given that even the theoretical "solutions" include such things as exotic matter (which we haven't got at all) in quantities sufficient to outweigh Jupiter (or the universe!)


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    Who knows what the future has in store? I'd think that anything will be possible in the future but how distant that future is I have no idea but I'd think over 1000 years should be about a good estimate. That is of course humans do not become extinct due to pollution, war or other things that destroy them.
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    You're asking for something that violates the known laws of physics. I don't like the term "never" as I rarely speak in absolutes, but I also don't see any reasonable way to make a prediction of "300+ years".
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    If you take the time back (and you can ) and you let loose from one dimension to next with a small faze it jump , fast , very fast
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    for me experience is Changing
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    Faster than light , technically very very difficult or near imposible. But Future is also infintie & there is not end of human race may be something that seem imposible may be created. But 300-400 years are nothing for this. Think human being race survived on earth after 5000 years, how much technically change would occur, much beyong our immagination.
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    how about parallel dimensions/parallel universes?
    If indeed such a thing exists? Then is that something within the possibility of manipulation?
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    My read of history is that any time you've got a bunch of scientists trying to do something their paradigm says they can't do - they never come close to achieving it no matter how much you fund them.

    If a breakthrough happens, it happens somewhere else in the world, totally removed from, and independent of that group of scientists, which changes the paradigm. After the paradigm changes, the scientists on the project start making rapid progress and finish their project in a very short time.

    So, we're not going to get a warp drive until we first get another paradigm that says warp drives are possible. Unfortunately we're at the mercy of the universe for that. It needs to have another paradigm in it for us to find. If we've already found the final paradigm - the master understanding of physics that will never need to be revised no matter how much more we learn about the universe - then it's all over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kojax View Post
    My read of history is that any time you've got a bunch of scientists trying to do something their paradigm says they can't do - they never come close to achieving it no matter how much you fund them.
    Can you give a historical example of this?
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