- Dec 10, 2006
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Though the paper openly admits it is preliminary at best, and it is more meant to stimulate questions and discussion then provide definite answers, it has fascinating implications for the future of humanity. Not only does it begin to open up the possibility of interstellar travel, but it suggests an awesome form of power that could be incredibly useful once other sources are long gone on Earth. One line that rings incredibly true, in light of people doubting the necessity of the funding of theoretical and speculative research, is: "The proposal we are making should be pursued as far as possible, and in as optimistic a spirit as the facts permit, because it allows a completely different and vastly wider destiny for the human race. We should not underestimate the ingenuity of the engineers of the future."
http://arxiv.org/pdf/0908.1803v1ABSTRACT: We investigate whether it is physically possible to build starships or power plants using the Hawking radiation of an artificial black hole as a power source. The proposal seems to be at the edge of possibility, but quantum gravity effects could change the picture.