Don’t take this for the ramblings of some geek conspiracy theorist scribbling equations on the wall of his studio apartment. Professor Geraint Lewis is legit University of Sydney approved, a speaker at Sydney’s National Science Week — and says we could figure out warp speed in the next century.

“Einstein’s theory is already a hundred years old, but we have only started to scratch the surface,” he told ABC Australia. “I think in the next 100 or 1,000 years we will reveal a lot more about the universe and maybe this hyper-fast travel will be realisable.”

Lewis said that based on Einstein’s equation, we should be able to bend and warp space to travel at a chosen speed. The problem is building an engine with material of ‘negative energy density,’ a physics concept associated with a long a list of applications and theories, especially black holes.

“Empty space itself has a negative energy density,” Lewis said. “The big question is if we could mine it and shape it, we would basically have a warp drive there and then, but we just don’t know if that’s possible.”

Between this and humans’ increased longevity, what the hell, maybe you will someday board an intergalactic vessel.


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