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My most recent interest was pinned on spacecrafts. You know it. Matrioshka Brains, Fusion Drives, Solar Sails, Matter-Antimatter Drives, Alcubierre Drives, Banks Orbitals, Bubble worlds, hollowed planets, neumman asteroids, skhadov thrusters, star-lifters, moon landers, you name it, and I might just give you my own basic understanding of it.  Although all of this started at watching videos of how quantum logic operators work and trying them for myself, I ended up drawing how the tarsals of our feet could morph and split such that we can have bird-like talons.

 

But I’ve also been reading about current developments, although they’re far too 'simple' for me to try to read because I guess, I’m always only interested at what fits my celestials.

 

For starters, I’ve learned about these two awesome types of cameras.

 

There’s one called Lytro, which can change the focus of an image after it has already been taken. It does this by having layers of array of microlenses after one and another such that they capture individual rays of lights. A camera only focuses light at a single point and gets encoded into the film or as digital data, but the Lytro, or light-field camera, captures individual rays. Think of that and chew on that. You can’t say that it’s not awesome.

 

And then there’s this experiment at MIT where they made a video on how photons scatter, by compiling images of a laser pulsating at a femtosecond interval, I mean, imagine. They are taking pictures of light with a shutter speed at nearly the speed of light. So naturally, they can take pictures of light itself. And not only that, but how it behaves around, within, and between everything that it encounters. What’s amazing about this? Well, the fact that they have also made sense of a luminal version of echolocation. Using the same camera, they managed to encode particles of light coming from around corners, literally reading at what angle and when each particle hit the lenses of the camera. They shot a single beam, then allowed that beam to hit surfaces, capturing some of the beams that get reflected by each surface as well. And that’s basically echolocation, right? But this time, at the speed of causality itself.

 

What’s more? When you have a framerate of faster than the speed of light, you can theoretically take pictures of something that already happened, or project into a frame what’s most likely going to happen. Hold it. I know what you’re thinking. That’s impossible. But hey, CLarke's 3rd Law cliche. And there you go. You can photograph the future, or the past. Just set the framerate of your camera at around 300,001 frames/second and congratulations! You are now a clairvoyant. Combine it with predictive software expert systems, and the element of surprise couldn’t have affected you the way it did before you have this temporal camera of doom.

 

In short, we have cameras with adjustable focus, whose framerates exceed how fast the universe can think. Now I know what scientific journals are about to say. These could be useful in satellite imaging systems, maybe give our international space station a literal, all-seeing eye. Maybe give them to our everyday surveillance cameras, too. Who knows. Maybe iPhone 47 or Samsung Galaxy X45 may finally discredit fortune-tellers or something.

 

But listen to me when I say this: I fucking hate external devices. As you may know, the real definition of cyborg was mutilated by the terminator series, and teen titans, thinking that man-machine systems can only come in such outrageous forms of robot-human interrelationship. A video I watched once told me that even an astronaut wearing that big bulky space suit can be considered a cyborg. Even people with pacemakers are cyborgs as well. And you won’t even think of it, but people who use computers are already cyborgs. You don’t get to decide whether technological enhancements only come in shapes and sizes that fit inside the human body. Never have I ever thought that my laptop and hard drives are not just external devices, but external cybernetic organs, albeit a little too primitive for my imagination.

 

So, think about the device you are using as you read the next sentences of this paragraph. The platform you are using to run this document is part of your system right now. Not your digestive or reproductive system, but your information system, as a rational evolving thinking being. Now this system, is the thing that separates us from animals, not just the way we communicate with emojis, or how we send likes to express our approval, or the sense of irony that develops after we realize that we drew trees on paper, or the rules and regulations that keeps you sober for most of the time, or the terms and conditions you just agree on without reading first. Our information system is so evolved that it covers our entire planet, and partially beyond as we have already planted flags on the moon or have a robot rover taking selfies on Mars. We are somehow evolving towards an information-based future, but I doubt that’s the only course humanity will take, but I like having a body, so I wouldn’t willingly upload my consciousness to google drive.

 

But enough of my hate about external devices and an all-information future. I want to merge that awesome temporal camera of doom with my own eyes. I’m kind of a greedy and gruesome person to say that but I’m kind of being a little serious. If you haven’t noticed yet, eyes and cameras do the same thing. But not quite because eyes are beautiful to look at and besides, you will never win a staring contest with a camera. There must be something more than just an eye or just a camera. Something in between but also beyond. Something truly all-seeing.

 

Have you ever heard of a material that has all these properties?

  1. Possesses adjustable transparency, reflectivity, and refractivity. Think about your window, but equip it with the thinnest top-of-the-line venetian blinds built right inside it. Light sensitive as well, so that you always get the right amount of sunlight just how you like it. Also, think about your mirror, how it reflects an image of your face along with its hideous blackheads and zits, but now with the power of nanotechnology, you can control the reflectivity of each particle of the mirror so that those zits and blackheads are not reflected. And you know colors are just a combination of reflected rays and luminescence, right? How about a nice Vantablack surface for a magic dark wall? Or an iridescent wall with the surface of a golden scarab’s wings? Or maybe just the look of a plain, pink marble brick complete with cracks and traces of obsidian and limestone on it? You name any visualization, any color, any pattern, any surface, any texture even, and this thing can give it all for the pleasure of your eyes and fingertips.

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  3. Also, make that thing flexible enough so that it can bend like jelly-ace, and refract and reflect as it bends from concave to flat to convex in just a matter of femtoseconds. Back when you were looking at your mirror that reflects a cleaner version of your face, imagine that it just curved a little too quickly and now you can see a zoom-in on your ugly zit, or maybe another curve outward so that your nose is colored black and now looks bigger than your eyes and ears and mouth. You can also make it refractive and not reflective, like a powerful telescope, so you can look at Alpha Centauri after you’re done cursing at your blackheads. How about a microscope so you can watch a pesky family of E. coli having an orgy on your medicine box, like a twisted bacterial porn on an extremely flexible surface?

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  5. I don’t blame anybody if nobody hasn’t imagined these two combined properties of physical flexibility and visual adjustability that are practically what OLED computer screens are built for. And that’s it. As of now, only computer monitors and mobile touch screens have the capability to manipulate light at that level, but imagine a material so advanced, that practically no massive supercomputers are needed to give you perfect images of the stars in the milky way and the germs on the dirty hallway, all while you sit on the toilet staring at your smooth virtual face. But it’s not all there is to it.

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  7. Now you have this magic device that can distort every property of light. But how do you control it? Well, I’m guessing your first thought is via computer, because that’s the only thing that can manage this nanotechnological powerhouse. It’s going to need control for textures, colors, reflectivity, refraction index, polarization, focal length, center of curvature, and luminescence for every fundamental unit of such a thing, even the overall adjustability, sensitivity, and adaptability of the entire thing. Now that’s a lot of numbers to crunch, but what if all these, can be managed by the very quantum metamaterial properties of the entire thing? And now, you’re thinking, what could that thing be?

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  9. This whole visual distortion device, can be used for camouflage, invisibility to the full electromagnetic spectrum, bending light waves so they just pass through and around the thing, wholly new fields of visualization and art, and it gives an undoubtedly improved idea for colors. This thing, could be a magical wonder, only that this material is impossible to construct.

 

However, all those properties can be exhibited by a biological tissue. Every cell is everything between a pixel of color, a refractive lens, a reflective surface, an invisibility module, a processing substrate, a form of life, a wonderful miracle, a beautiful piece of art and science all in all.

 

Now, I’ll call this cell, a Chromatophore, borrowing a Latin name for the bearer of colors.

This time, this cell will be made of biological components, assembling nanotech-engineered proteins that exhibit quantum properties at the macroscopic level, and wouldn’t that be great.

 

Especially if we combine the Chromatophore with the temporal cameras of doom (which I'd like to call Attocameras meaning impossibly small cameras). We could have true invisibility with a predictive fix. We can morph our visual manifestations as fast as we can travel at just below the speed of light. We will become walking crystal balls of fortune-telling, but not ball-shaped but, yeah, you get it. Think about Chromatophores, and Attocameras, scattered all over your skin as some kind of super sensitive eyes with super adaptive dermis, and imagine each Attocamera sending messages to its counterpart Chromatophore at the other side of your body, so that everything in front of you is just projected at your back and vice versa, and voila. Invisibility, in all its perfect metamaterial sense.

 

Maybe even add several photosynthetic cells and some bioluminescent cells so you’re not only invisible, but you can be solar-powered, and can project lasers from any part of your skin, too, if you don’t want to just simply glow so damn bright. And that’s just it. Your skin has become a tool for manipulating light in all its glory.


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As you can see, I'm a huge nerd who'd rather write about how we can become a Type V civilization instead of study for my final exams (gotta fix that).

But to put an end to this topic, might I say that the one and only greatest future achievement of humankind is when it finally becomes posthumankind.


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A work of true genius.

 

I'm not sure if you noticed my comment on your previous thread, but would you be interested in some sort of sci-fi collaboration? I have an idea that I've been meaning to develop, but can't put together all the pieces for.


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I'm not sure if you noticed my comment on your previous thread, but would you be interested in some sort of sci-fi collaboration? I have an idea that I've been meaning to develop, but can't put together all the pieces for.

Is this about your illustrated illustrated history of the universe, or do you have something else in mind? Cause you betcha I'm interested. I envy that you have a hard sci-fi story of your own and makes time to draft it even. Here I'm just rambling about a posthuman world based on whichever stuff is awesome. 


As you can see, I'm a huge nerd who'd rather write about how we can become a Type V civilization instead of study for my final exams (gotta fix that).

But to put an end to this topic, might I say that the one and only greatest future achievement of humankind is when it finally becomes posthumankind.


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I'm not sure if you noticed my comment on your previous thread, but would you be interested in some sort of sci-fi collaboration? I have an idea that I've been meaning to develop, but can't put together all the pieces for.

Is this about your illustrated illustrated history of the universe, or do you have something else in mind? Cause you betcha I'm interested. I envy that you have a hard sci-fi story of your own and makes time to draft it even. Here I'm just rambling about a posthuman world based on whichever stuff is awesome. 

 

Something else that only really exists in my mind at present, though it takes place in the same universe. I'll PM you the details if you're interested.


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I'm writing up something to send to you, but it could be a few days, as I have a ton of assignments to deal with too.


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I'm writing up something to send to you, but it could be a few days, as I have a ton of assignments to deal with too.

Bleh, I'll do it after finals are over. May 16. 






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