posted on Jun, 3 2013 @ 10:05 AM
First, true, traveling anywhere in the Galaxy (let alone the Universe) is much, much too slow even at light speed.
Second, we will send out probes and catalog and visit and video various systems, using an unmanned technology similar to
Von Neumann probes
, self-replicating (but limited) drones. These will
transmit the information back to us and we will develop computer simulations that are so detailed it's as good as being there. In fact it will be
better, since no danger, no disease transmission and since the probes can find the best places, we won't have to spend millennium looking and finding
lots of barren rocks or gas giants. It will be a Holodeck type virtual experience where we can travel to the best planets as fast as one can
'select' the next option in a computer program.
This type of 'exploration' will have the 'human element' as the programmers and the virtual voyagers will catalog the raw data, allowing search
and multimedia enhancements, music, comparisons, and lots of things that won't be available to a primitive exploration. It will be cost-effective and
available to everyone.
So, in the end, it will take time as the VN probes fan out and find and catalog and transmit data, but being done on many simultaneous fronts it will
be a lot quicker than going to systems sequentially.