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September 17, 2007

Instant Technology

I was in the car today thinking about consequences of time travel. Assuming that all things can be worked out or created given a sufficient amount of time it can be argued that a consequence of time travel (even one way) could result in (what I'm terming) Instant Technology. For example, I want some basic research done that enabled me to create a solid state battery that can be recharged via solar power with an efficiency of 90%. This would take a long time using conventional research methods, but if I could send someone (or a team) back in time to perform the research for me then it wouldn't matter because I could have the research completed instantaneously after I sent them back (or before). Even if they couldn't complete the research in time for my deadline they could just go back again and continue their work.

This thinking could be applied to lots of different areas and eventually we would all probably end up dieing at some lunatic's hands. Another example, apply the same principal to generating weapons. I need 100 nuclear warheads, send back the required personnel, let them acquire the raw materials, build the warheads and stash them somewhere where I could pick them up. Bam! Instant nuclear arsenal.

There are some other interesting applications of this thinking also. Consider this applied to computing, instant unlimited computational power. Consider this applied to food, instant field of grain. And so on.

It's really all in the eye of the beholder though because these things aren't "instant" for the people doing them. They have effectively sacrificed their lives for someone else's "instant" gratification. Could it be for the greater good, sure, but it could just as easily be for nefarious purposes.

Posted by Guy at September 17, 2007 6:53 AM