When will humanity be an interstellar civilization?

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Mister_Man says2015-09-08T15:55:01.1736894Z
I see the rise of civilization into about 2100-2150, followed by the slow collapse and having the pressure put on us to leave Earth. I'm sure we'd have left Earth and put man on other planets or moons a few times by at least 2200, however I don't see actual civilizations growing and expanding past our solar system before 2200. We may have found habitable planets by then, but most (that we currently know of) are at least dozens of light years away. With the technology we have now, I'd say the most we can do is colonize something like Titan (one of Saturn's moons) or something similar. We won't be on any planet in our solar system probably ever. By 2300 we'd most likely have made it out of our solar system and also most likely landed on some planets or moons that have traces of water and oxygen. However to colonize these rocks, we would need to put trillions of dollars and dozens if not hundreds of years of time into making the atmosphere breathable, unless we build domes over certain areas, which is actually more reasonable. Either way, it most likely won't be less than 50 years after we discover a habitable planet that we'll be able to live on it, and I'm sure that won't happen until at least 2200.
Discipulus_Didicit says2015-09-08T18:33:58.2613849Z
That's only 200 years. Think how far we advanced in the last 200 years, you really think only 200 from now we will be traveling at or near the speed of light? Really? Think about it.
Mister_Man says2015-09-08T19:08:50.1970229Z
"Interstellar" is defined by outside of our star system. As far as I'm concerned, that doesn't mean outside of the milky way. If it does, then I'll add another thousand or two years onto that.
Renegader says2015-09-09T00:13:44.1308861Z
We won't make it there, too many idiots and a collapsing western infrastructure.
triangle.128k says2015-09-09T00:14:12.9362525Z
@Renegader Why so pessimistic?
Renegader says2015-09-09T00:30:46.3626965Z
Realistic* Identity politics is the new nationalism and superstition is on the rise.
Midnight1131 says2015-09-09T00:45:04.0285184Z
I'd say superstition is on the decline if you look at the large scale of things. I mean just compare how much religion meddles with scientific advancement now than 100 years ago. It'll only get better.
Forthelulz says2015-09-09T01:26:08.5302781Z
Why not the late 21st?
58539672 says2015-09-09T02:32:19.6116799Z
@Forthelulz Because NASA doesn't even plan on sending a person to Mars (which is still a short distance by the solar systems standards) until 2030. To expect us to jump to interstellar travel with this century is still a big leap, even by the standards of technological growth in the last 3 decades. Unless we do a Mass Effect thing and find some alien archive on Mars that propels us centuries tech wise, we are not going to be sending people beyond the solar system in this century.
reece says2015-09-11T16:41:36.2008568Z
We went from the steam engine to the rocket engine within 200 years. The process of information equaling the speed in which technology is advancing is just getting faster.

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