Interstellar Travel ‘Almost Inevitable’
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While interstellar travel presents huge challenges, it’s “almost inevitable,” according to a speaker at the Starship Century symposium here in San Diego.
The two-day Starship Century symposium brings scientists and science fiction writers together to examine a bold project — to build a working starship in this century.
“History is with the optimists,” said Peter Schwartz, senior vice president for global government relations and strategic planning for Salesforce.com, speaking at the conference. Over the course of history, humanity has avoided catastrophe and reinvented itself many times. In the 1980s, predictions were that the United States was through, and the world would be owned by the Japanese. The reality proved very different.
“I was born in a refugee camp for concentration camp survivors,” Schwartz said. His parents had been slave laborers. “When you come from that kind of background, to not be an optimist is churlish.”
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