Friday, April 19, 2013

Light distance and time

Ok scenario. Two colonies in a civilization in perfect homeostasis. Buildings and things do not decompose and people live life purely for pleasure.  These colonies are one hundred light years apart.

To transport themselves between points people are teleported but only at the speed of light. It takes one hundred years to travel to the colony but you don't age because you have been reduced to a signal.

As long as people travel at set intervals they all age at the same rate. The hundred year marker acts as a constant between the two points, regulating how long it takes people to age. Or even more precisely, markers at set light-distances act as relays for how people decide to age.

Put another way, people can choose to see the end of the universe simply by travelling between these two points nearly indefinitely.  And they can see their progeny going forward for generations.  And stay nearly perfectly youthful.

Hmm…I will try to flesh that out a bit.

The basic concept is that by teleporting you can delay the reception of your signal--and thus your reapparition in time.  This gives people the ability to control how they live and die.  In a funny way, that is sort of the operating principle of traveling at relativistic speeds--looked at in Ender's Game.

The major difference, other than a more consistent way of timing how people age, is the entire society buys into the use of the tech.