Today is the future. October 21, 2015, the day Marty and Doc travel to in Back to the Future II. Like millions of kids my age, when I saw it in 1989 I imagined what life would be like 26 years later, and for the most part it turned out pretty close to reality. Except I’m way fatter.
It seems appropriate to use this day to share my ‘time travel’ feature script. I put time travel in quotes because in this story, no one zips through history or meets themselves in the past. That kind of time travel is pure fantasy. Objects, physical matter, anything that follows the standard model of physics, I believe simply cannot travel through time (except through relativity, but that’s a whole different jar of onions). Things can’t pop out of existence and reappear somewhere else in time, for a whole number of reasons. The earth wouldn’t be in the same position for one, so they’d be floating in space. Too many paradoxes are created, too many physical laws broken and too much energy is required for the universe to allow it to happen.
HOWEVER! Time does not simply flow one way. In fact, in the quantum world, time is hardly recognizable. It can flow forwards and backwards, and even both ways at the same time. Time in our world is limited by the speed of light, but quantum particles can ‘see ahead’ and react before an event happens. They can be entangled, meaning two particles are ‘twinned’ and become mirror images of each other. An entangled particle can spin clockwise, and the other will spin anti-clockwise, without distance being a factor. That is to say, they are entangled even lightyears apart. And THAT means they are bypassing time to make it happen.
Strange, but true. So that got me thinking – what if some clever Elon Musk-type person figured out a way to harness that? Could he or she make binary data out of the spinning of those particles? And if they could, could they connect them across time? Because if so, they would be able to send messages from any point in time after the technology was created, to any point before they sent it. I could send a text today and receive it yesterday. It breaks none of the laws of physics (it’s just information being transferred) and it’s using a process that already exist in the natural world.
So if it’s a given that a viable technology gets created, Entanglement is about what would happen immediately thereafter. The inventor would have detailed knowledge of every disaster yet to happen. If they knew of a catastrophe, would they try and stop it? Could they stop it? Another side effect would be the end to secrets. Thinking it through, a cover-up now is no use if a person can see 50, 100 years ahead, when events are fully understood. Something like that would not sit well with security forces or people in power. Finally, being able to predict the future (a false prophet) might raise the ire of religious groups. But hey, if it did, at least you’d be able to see it coming. So that’s what Entanglement is about.
Rather than give too much away, I invite you to give it a read and see what you think. And like Pepsi Perfect and power laces, I want to believe it will come true at some point, and someone will actually invent this. It would mess things up so much.
When a physicist uses quantum entanglement to send data backwards in time, the entire future pours into his lab. Uncovering a string of major catastrophes – and his own death – he must use the technology to stay one step ahead of disaster.
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