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phenomenon that theorists first predicted in 2005 (this time delay is rather confusing since
James Clerk Maxwell showed that light is an electromagnetic disturbance approx. 140
years ago). In the event of the universe having an underlying electronic foundation
(hopefully, my summary will make it clear that this must be so – also … an electronic
universe is a necessary precursor to scientific fulfilment of Star Trek's "magic" which
becomes clear as these steps are read), it would be composed of "silicon chip- and
transistor- scales” and the Optical Force would not be restricted to microscopic scales but
could operate universally. Tang proposes that the optical force could be exploited in
telecommunications. For example, switches based on the optical force could be used to
speed up the routing of light signals in fibre-optic cables, and optical oscillators could
improve cell phone signal processing.
2) If all forms of EM (electromagnetic) radiation can attract/repel, radio waves will also
cause communication revolution e.g. with the Internet and mobile (cell) phones. I
anticipate that there may be no more overexposure to ultraviolet or X-rays.
3) In agreement with the wave-particle duality of quantum mechanics, EM waves have
particle-like properties (more noticeable at high frequencies) so cosmic rays (actually
particles) are sometimes listed on the EM spectrum beyond its highest frequency of
4) If cosmic rays are made to repel, astronauts going to Mars or another star or galaxy
would be safe from potentially deadly radiation.
5) And if all particles in the body can be made to attract or repel as necessary, doctors will
have new ways of restoring patients to health.
6) From 1929 til his death in 1955, Einstein worked on his Unified Field Theory with the
aim of uniting electromagnetism and gravitation. Future achievement of this means warps
of space (gravity, according to General Relativity) between spaceships/stars could be
attracted together, thereby eliminating distance. And "warp drive" would not only come to
life in future science/technology ... it would be improved tremendously, almost beyond
imagination. This reminds me of the 1994 proposal by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre
of a method of stretching space in a wave which would in theory cause the fabric of space
ahead of a spacecraft to contract and the space behind it to expand. Therefore, the ship
would be carried along in a warp bubble like a person being transported on an escalator,
reaching its destination faster than a light beam restricted to travelling outside the warp
bubble. There are no practical known methods to warp space – however, this extension of
the Yale demonstration in electrical engineering may provide one.
7) Since Relativity says space and time can never exist separately, warps in space are
actually warps in space-time. Eliminating distances in space also means “distances”
between both future and past times are eliminated - and time travel becomes reality. This
is foreseen by the Enterprise time-travelling back to 20th-century Earth in the 1986 movie
"Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and by Star Trek's "subspace communications". Doing
away with distances in space and time also opens the door to Star Trek-like teleportation.
Teleportation wouldn’t involve reproducing the original and there would be no need to
destroy the original body – we would “simply” be here one moment, and there the next