Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tempus Fugit

Time flies even faster when its being measured by the flips and flops of a quantum computer's q-bit array, (at least I think it will.) Imagine that you have a time machine or trans-dimensional craft. How will you keep track of time? An ordinary wrist watch just won't do! That neat little Timex staring up at you just hasn't the ability to remain accurate through the waves of temporal flux you may subject it to. No, you need something far more stable and far more accurate. Better yet, you need something that calculates its values from outside this universe to start with! What such device would accomplish this impossible task? A quantum computer's clock could. As q-bits flop back and forth, they are actually performing calculations in all possible universes at the same time. While what we see here is just one such value for an infinite set, similar to the function of each electron around us. It should be possible to use electrons or other quantum state particles to attain the accuracy we need to measure time by the Planck scale. A Planck second could (and should!) one day replace the second as the SI basic unit of temporal measurement. To obtain any valuable measurements you would also need a starting point, (as with charting a course through space, you need a point of origin.) The point of origin would be the start of our universe, known affectionately as the Big Bang, common notation might look something like this 0000:00:00:00 (if we didn't have an antiquated Roman calendar system that is.) So why would we want to remake our time-scale and our time-keeping methods? There are many reasons - none of which are recognized today. Time travel, inter-dimensional travel, inter-dimensional communication, a host of unrealized technologies will rely on more complex time-keeping to function. How else do you create a holodeck with real-time synchronization with real-life, or simulate a universe in a plasma sphere computer with any real way to measure time differentials? I should point out that any sufficiently advanced civilisation's technology can and should be judged by the accuracy of their math, sciences (especially astronomy, medicine, cartography, but most of all, their time-keeping ability.) If judged by our ability to keep time, we would fall just above the ancient Romans and below the ancient Mayans. The current Atomic clock for the US (one of the most accurate clocks in the world) is accurate to 10(-19) seconds. Planck time measurement would require 10(-44) or greater precision, as well as computing power far in excess of what we now have (greater than all the classical computers we now have on earth, with data storage far in excess of a yottabyte (YB)*.

YB = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes or 10(24) bytes. It might be necessary to have one carefully guarded and isolated quantum clock data center, perhaps encompassing an entire barren moon or planet. The master quantum clock could transmit its signal into surrounding universes through quantum computer receivers in each universe. ( I think that somewhere out there, there must be planets that are used for nothing but computer systems and research, climate controlled and secured by a complex array of intelligently powered satellites.

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