It's taken all these years, but a number now approaching 1000 planets has been confirmed. The progress on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, however, seems to be getting nowhere with minimal funding, and might take all of a billion years to finally detect alien life.
book by the same name. Arthur C. Clarke of "2001: A Space Odyssey" fame, wrote the Foreword. That was thirty years ago when I was working in his D.C. office, and Harvey Meyerson, whose desk was next door to mine, ghost wrote that book. However, Senator Matsunaga was a peace advocate, and you'll note the subheading: Journeys Beyond the Cold War. He felt that if two competing powers worked together on a monumental enterprise, the foundation would be established for peace.
However, priorities change with time, and it makes no sense for American taxpayers to largely fund a $500 billion boondoggle to send astronauts to another planet today. Kurzweil's billion year plan, of course, I'm sure won't hint at such a misadventure now. Some day we will need to leave Planet Earth, but we have time. Our species has only been around for 50,000 years or so. Maybe we can begin to get serious about a real Billion Year Plan to save us in about, oh, 50,000 years. That would still leave 9,999,950,000 years to get us to an extrasolar planet.
In the West Pacific, Typhoon Jelawat remains on a path to cruise over Tokyo Sunday night, but only as a tropical storm.