This is one of the universal constants of nature, and relates the energy of a single quantum of radiation to its frequency. It is central to quantum theory and appears in many important formulae, including the Schrödinger Equation.
“They can’t do it.”
“They’ve done it.”
“I just bought an office exercise bike.” You, Accelerator Division Head, say to Epsilon, the project’s Chief Electrical Engineer. “Look at these results!” You hold up a printout of detector data. “This is 3-sigma significance!”
“They say it’s a blip. The synchrotron gets switched off today.”
“This is a dark quark, arising from virtual particles in my proton anti-proton collisions. I need one more test to verify!”
“Lights go out today.”
“What’s to become of my beloved synchrotron?”
Epsilon hands you a tub of boysenberry frogurt. “The particle accelerator is becoming a frogurt factory.”
“They can’t frogurtify my synchrotron! Hook my exercise bike to the accelerator. I only need ten megawatt hours for another collision. One hour of pedalling stores twenty watthours. If I start pedalling now, I’ll have enough power in 5.7 years. As long as I don’t sleep.”
Epsilon exits the lab. “Sorry to leave you to yourself.”
“Don’t let anyone else in!”
You drag the exercise bike toward the capacitor room.
Is it back to juggling for you?
You start hooking the bike’s back wheel magnet to the capacitor battery.
The lab’s main door opens.
“I told you to not let anyone else-”
You walk in.
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“Hi.” You say to you. “Congratulations.”
“Your experiment’s success. You sent a graviton code across The Bulk, to my universe’s brane.”
“I did what?”
You point to the printout.
“The blip?” You eat boysenberry frogurt. “That’s not the dark quark?”
“The graviton code is verification you are ready to receive this technology.”
You hand you what looks like a calculator. “I’m upgrading my pocket quantum computer, so you can have my old one. It’s not too bad. It still has 3,000,000 stable qubits, nearly zero decoherence.”
“You developed this in your universe?”
“It’s a parallel universe collaboration. Since you sent the graviton code, we believed you’d mastered gravitons-”
“That’s right I did-”
“And are ready to join the Parallel Brane Trust. We pass knowledge sideways, ‘to process more than one universe can process alone’. Use it wisely.”
You leave you.
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If you use the quantum computer to improve health technology, go to Up
The quantum computer’s GUI intuits your imagination, so you find it more intuitive than you would have imagined.
You crack several online institutions’ RSA encryption using Shore’s Algorithm, but to go where the real money is- and break the banking system’s AES-256 encryption- you use your new computer’s Surer Algorithm.
You steal 1 cent out of all bank accounts in the Southern Hemisphere.
Laundering the money through online gambling sites, you deposit it in your bank account.
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Barb, your bank manager, calls, congratulating you on winning 8 million dollars. She wants to discuss your portfolio. You don’t remember gambling online.
Nevertheless, the money enables you to launch your private particle accelerator company. Barb offers a loan for the remaining funds needed to save the synchrotron from frogurtification.
You keep the pocket quantum computer secret for now, to monopolise the new technologies it enables you to develop, and because the world isn’t ready.
Epsilon helps you reverse-engineer the computer. Together, you leak feasible degrees of scientific discovery into society, inventing new disease-screening technologies and treatments.
Profits fund your search for dark matter and the verification of M-theory. Were you telling yourself the truth about branes? Have you ever been known to lie to yourself?
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Quantum computer simulations enable you to run new tests in your synchrotron. You verify that the blip was a graviton. Soon you are sending and receiving graviton codes from the bound land of D-branes, across The Bulk’s eleventh dimension, to other branes inhabited by fellow string-literates. You create the Parallel Brane Trust.
When you reveal the quantum computer, other developers are eager to join your company, developing commercial upgrades with input from the Parallel Brane Trust. You had needed more help than Epsilon. After all, for just two people, it’s a lot to think about.
You develop the de-D-brane™ device that will theoretically allow open strings to be unstuck from D-branes, for transfer across The Bulk.
After receiving a graviton code from a parallel brane, you view the brane using gravity waves. In the ultrasound-like image, you see the sender is a parallel you. Deciding it’s your turn to pay knowledge sideways, you test your de-D-brane™ personally.
Holding your latest pocket quantum computer (that already has an updated model awaiting your return), you clip the de-D-brane™ bracelet to your ankle, and step to another brane.
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After laundering the bank money into your account, the lab doors open.
It’s you again.
“Thank you for the technology.”
“I never gave it to you.”
You look for the quantum computer in your empty hands.
“I’m not from another brane. We still haven’t verified M-theory. But we did develop a quantum computer. We ran a simulation that the Hořava-Witten braneworld scenario is real. Then we tested what might happen if we gave our technology to scientists in other universes. Would their reactions favour benevolence or malevolence?”
“I’m not a real consciousness?” You ask.
“You are a simulation of a human, but not a simulated mind. Whilst it’s true that consciousness can’t be reduced to a complete static list of possible thoughts in the finite RAM and ROM of classical computation, or on the impossible infinite tape of the idealised Universal Turing Machine, we’ve found in our non-classical computers that if the tape is finite and looped, yet the incomplete list of thought remains non-static, programs can be self-reflective and emerge selfhood. The AI is comprehending, not a docile puppet needing appending by comprehending minds. You have spontaneity, intuition, shades of grey microtuning between black or white binary notes. You have choices. Let’s see what you choose now. Run the test again!”
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