What if time is a molecule? What if the coming age of abundance allows us, in a matter of centuries, to bend time to our will and use it to show change in our universe so that we can discuss science and politics with virtually no time limit on research or debate? Can we construct a machine – a room of sorts – in which, when we enter, our perception of time is altered so drastically that, within the boundaries of its walls, time outside has stopped and yet our lives remain constant and continuous – that is, the universe is at the hands of what we want it to be?
The weight of these questions hold great folly, but for a moment let me try to explain how such a machine could exist and what advantages (+consequences) of such a machine there’ll be on how we live, perceive, and colonize the universe.
Quantum mechanics hold the secrets to the strange dynamics of the infinitesimal. If we could somehow capture quantum instances of time phasing in and out of existence, can we harness and understand its properties enough to engineer a proper mechanism? Is it wrong to assume quantum mechanics holds the key to this endeavor? Let me put it this way: the smaller the things we observe the more obscure the topics are up for possibility and discussion. Considering that time, as far as we know, has no exact measurement – although some may argue Newton’s absolute time and space mechanics – as we develop new mathematics, time could in theory be an open-source pool to manipulation of our heart’s content.
The only dilemma with these feats, besides the obvious, is the possibility that all of time is connected. If so, how can we possibly separate one perception of time with another? Another question stands: if time is an illusion, how does this effect our way of achieving this? Is it even plausible? I for one like to think so, but with ideas such as this, we need to always keep two things in mind – the careful analysis of both scientific facts and common sense. The point of provoking thought is to go past these limits, but in order to achieve the obstacle of transforming ideas into reality, we’ll need to develop new senses to look at and invent various maths and sciences.
If this machine is to be created – if we’re to acquire time in such a way at our fingertips – it is our duty as a species to harness this for the greater good. We need to know if this change in time manipulation affects our mental health. We need to understand how our universe will react to this change. We need to understand how to maintain and function such a massive machine, and we need to realize how such a machine, in the age where every idea is looked up as crazy, impossible, or falsely written, can be taken as a serious topic and future component of human life.