Wow, just happened upon this thread. Like most of you, I'm no physicist, heck I can barely spell it.
That said, I do have some ideas that if the Higgs-Boson is confirmed, and the Higgs field is found, and it does what it is theorized to do, could be relative.
So, if the Higgs field gives everything mass, and something must since atoms are 99.9% air, and all things are made of atoms, so essentially everything is 99.9% air, then something is keeping my fingers from passing right through these keys on my laptop.
Also, mass is what supposedly generates gravity, that is everything that has mass produces a gravitational affect, and the more mass, the more gravity, so the earth has more gravity than a rock, and the sun more gravity than the earth, etc...
So, if we learn to manipulate the Higgs field, what can we do? Let's assume then we can begin to change the mass of any object that we choose by manipulating the Higgs field around that object. So if we reduce the mass of an object, then the affects of gravity on that object will be lessened. So if we reduce the mass enough, there would be no mass, so it would take very little effort to make it appear to be using anti-gravity technology, and then also FTL would be possible as you would not have to worry about the infinite mass problem.
So now let's move our manipulation along further as we have learned more and have more control over the Higgs field. Let's reduce the mass of a total ship, let's call it a space or star ship. So the mass is reduced, then we can accelerate at will with very little propulsion. Further, let's affect the Higgs field within the hollow ship in a way to add mass to the decks of the ship, and suddenly we have artificial gravity.
Physics has also shown space can be warped by very massive objects, so let's really ramp up the Higgs field and we can then warp space, to what end is the question? Do we try to fold space to make worm holes? Or do we just dent the space a little, and could this also be the way we "squeeze" space as mentioned previously in other posts in this thread, and then let it expand behind us to make it seem to propel the ship forward while actually moving space, not the ship?
How then does this affect time? We are coming to understand space and time are the same things, or at least very intricately intertwined. Do we really become time travelers, or will the perception of time on a non moving ship, while space is moving around it, seem the same as say on earth?
Then what about communication? Einstein's spooky theories, or quantum entanglement could essentially be converted to a medium for communication. It is my understanding that work on this is being done already. If so, why? Obviously someone knows we will need near instantaneous communications abilities over extremely long distances.
Right now to me, these are just what seem to be logical thoughts and ideas based upon what I've read about the Higgs-Boson and quantum entanglement theory.
I don't begin to pretend I am educated extensively in this subject area, just that I am curious, that's all.