This article is essentially a “teaser” of what we have in store for upcoming articles. Basically, I summarize ideas that will be discussed in tremendous detail in subsequent articles. These ideas are, primarily, interplanetary travel, interstellar travel, and intergalactic travel and how megastructures like orbital rings and star lifters (and a few others) will enable such voyages. We also give a very brief “teaser” on the redesign of the social and economic systems which underlie all industrial and social protocol.
In this article, we discuss preliminary interstellar missions which will serve as preludes to missions involving sending spacecraft to stars. We primarily discuss using the Sun as a gravitational lens - a kind of “cosmic telescope” - to search for exoplanets which likely harbor life as well as those which likely do not.
In this article, we’ll look at various different ways we could travel to the stars. We’ll first discuss how very small, but very fast probes could be accelerated to relativistic speeds using lasers (or masers); such probes could reach the nearest stars within the span of a human lifetime. This discussion will also lead us to the notion of an “interstellar highway” which we’ll discuss in detail. We conclude by discussing how asteroids and comets could also be used as spaceships to reach the stars.
In this article, we’ll talk in laymen terms about quantum theory and general relativity and, specifically, how the two are related. We shall begin by discussing the well-known fact that these two theories—which describe how the universe works on the scale of the very small (quantum theory) and the very large (general relativity)—oftentimes contradict one another and they usually contradict each other on the scale of the very small (which is where general relativity breaks down and quantum mechanics gives us the correct picture). Now, something that is a little less well-known is that quantum theory and general relativity seem to, in some strange sense, make similar predictions about how nature is on vast size scales. Both theories predict that there are other universes and extra spatial dimensions. We shall close our discussion in this article by answering a question that we posed at the end of the article, Orbital Rings and Planet Building.