Lecture: Enabling Humanity’s First Intersteller Missions

Thursday, December 1, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM


 

Free Event

Recent advances in photonics and directed energy
systems now allow us to realize what was only a
decade ago simply science fiction. New technology
allows spacecraft to move at speeds currently
unimaginable with our existing propulsion technologies
and to finally reach the stars. Philip Lubin,
Physics Dept. UC Santa Barbara, will discuss recent
ideas for “backing up humanity” in digital format and
placing this backup on the same spacecraft proposed
for interstellar missions. Allowing all of humanity to
have a digital presence on spacecraft raises, in turn,
fascinating technical and ethical concerns.

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