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starship-design: Freeman dyson on star travel

>Talk about being out  of touch with research...this was written by Freeman
>Dyson of all people for  Time magazine. Check the article at:

Dysons being a dweeb.

Its a known constant problem of old scientists that they get to over

confident.  Imagine they asked a similarly eminent scientist at 1900 if we

would send people to the moon and automatic camera systems to planets with

cameras that automatically transmitted back images by wireless.  He would

have had equally good reasons for explaining how silly that sounded.  That

we have no idea how to make such spphisticated automitons.  Or engines with

such power levels.  Electronics, nuclear power, cybernetics, aerospace, etc

would all be rediculas fantasies.