So I assume you’ve all heard about the discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 system. This is a massive move ahead for humankind, and even if we don’t find intelligent life (which is unlikely given the system’s tidal locking) it gives us seven hopes for survival after the Sun expands and fries our beautiful planet in billions of years time.
Of course, we need to develop the technology to sustain a bunch of lucky humans for the centuries it could take to travel 37 light years first. The first intergalactic cooperative? Besides, 37 light years is nothing to somebody who looks beyond the very fabric of the universe for answers. Maybe sometime in the distant future we will be able to teleport to the planet of our choice, be it Mars, a rig floating on Jupiter or one in the TRAPPIST-1 system.
I for one can’t wait until light years are as simple as miles.