I think the idea of building a starship for interstellar travel is a great idea, and it appears the people who are trying to make it happen agree with me that it should be loaded up with a bunch of hemp loving hippies.
During an interview with Discovery News in May, Jemison expressed her desire to make the 100YSS project a global, “inclusive” endeavor. “‘Inclusive’ brings that sociocultural perspective; it brings a trans-disciplinary perspective. It says it makes a difference who’s on board, aspect-wise, gender-wise, geography-wise, national origin … everyone needs to be involved and we need to pay attention to that,” she said.
Discovery News will also play a key role in the 2012 symposium. I’ll be chairing one of the track sessions called “Becoming An Interstellar Civilization.” This track is rich with speakers who will discuss the cultural, legal, economic, religious, ethical, philosophical and social aspects of sending a community of people into deep space. Other tracks will look into the engineering, technological, practical and biological aspects of such an endeavor.