Deep Future

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S p a c e t i m e 
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Some speculative theories of quantum gravity tell us that spacetime has a complicated, foam-like structure of wormholes on the smallest scales—10^-33 centimeters, or a billion billion times smaller than an electron.

Some physicists believe that it may be possible to grab one of these truly microscopic wormholes and enlarge it to a usable size, but at present these ideas are all very hypothetical … 

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G r i d :
Near Future

Images of friends filled his dreams.

He awoke with a start. The helmet almost came off. Its smooth surface and soft curves resembled a contemporary bicycle helmet—with exception of its advanced technologies. The room-temperature superconducting array brought unprecedented resolution of neural activity. It connected to the net via wireless link and its fuel cell power source required charging only once a month.

This was the general-purpose interface device for communication through the Grid. 

The difference between the technologies of today and tomorrow lay in the immediacy of those whom he called. Today, upon waking from a vivid dream, you would logon to the internet through a desktop PC, manually typing out the communication through email.

Tomorrow you would simply wear the helmet.

And if those close to you wear the same device, intention is sufficient to send the message—everything connected through auto-uplink, merged with their own REM sensitive, quantum interference-based imaging device, coupled with their very dreams.

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D e e p  F u t u r e

Of all the strange features of the universe, none are stranger than these: time is transcended, laws are mutable, and observer participancy matters.             

– John Wheeler, Professor of Physics, Princeton University

This time he awoke near Alpha Centauri.

An indeterminate period of time had passed. The satin sheets slid away with unusual ease as he stood to gauge his surroundings.

And then his toes slipped off the floor. He floated upwards to the ceiling—weightless.

Countless stars glowed just outside the window. Had he just awoken from a dream? What was it? Images of the past floated upwards into his consciousness.It wasn’t a dream. It was an entire lifetime …

The uplink had salvaged his mind just as it had scattered into the spacetime foam.

Technology had developed to the point of being able to focus precisely—inverse Fourier transforms, complex superstring matrices, traversable wormholes and quantum teleportation required to access any given region in the multiverse.

At the last possible moment of his conscious existence, the very fabric of spacetime had opened to reveal a portal—to what? The years flashed through his mind. Memories merged and split, slipped away like a fading dream.

Questions began to form; as quickly as they took shape the answers came forward. As he thought of those close to him, he immediately felt their presence. Everything lies closer in the future—mind and matter merge into one

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Advanced actions in electrodynamics require that the existence of transmitters in the future are centered on organized incoming wave fronts; and advanced actions in quantum mechanics require that their present states are in part determined by the future conditions they are to encounter.

About the Author: 
Scientist, diplomat, NASA-trained commercial astronaut Christopher Altman has pioneered next-generation science and technology initiatives at world-leading research centers including multidisciplinary, "Deep Future" research institute Starlab, NASA Ames Research Center, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, as Chairman for the UNISCA First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, and USG quantum technology programs.