In my view, loop quantum gravity is the best we can do so far in trying to understand quantum spacetime, from a nonperturbative, background-independent point of view. Theoretically, we have reasons to suspect that this approach could represent a consistent quantum theory with the correct classical limit, but there are also some worrying contrary indications. The theory yields a definite physical picture of quantum spacetime and definite quantitative predictions, but a systematic way of extracting physical information is still lacking. Experimentally, there is no support to the theory, neither direct nor indirect. The spectra of area and volume computed in the theory could or could not be physically correct. I hope I live long enough to know!

Loop Quantum Gravity
Carlo Rovelli
http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-1998-1
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