LIGHT-NING SPEED: HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE BEFORE WE BREAK THE SPEED OF LIGHT

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“We will get there, but how long will it take?”


QUANTIFYING IT

The speed of light measures how fast light travels over a certain amount of miles, kilometers, even feet per second, hour, etc. For example, the time it takes for the light to come from the surface of the Sun reaching Earth is 8.3 minutes over a distance of 150,000,000 kilometers or over 93 million miles. So to travel that extreme distance in only 8 minutes is a quantum leap for humans to reach. Well, actually, it’s beyond a quantum leap. The Earth is roughly 25,000 miles around, and light travels at about 186,000 miles per second or just over 670,000,000 miles per hour. Meaning that if you were traveling the speed of light, you could travel around the Earth 7 times in one second.

IN REACH OR NOT IN REACH

We have some pretty interesting technology, and we have worked the math to travel at some astounding speeds. But reaching the light speed record is being able to harness energy that we cannot even begin to harness yet. But is that all the way factual? Because making leaps in science is not necessarily the idea that we don’t have the technology. We have not yet had an individual, or groups of people come together to make it happen. There are 7 billion people on Earth, we cannot say for certain who is capable or not. The below video was Published on Dec 12, 2011 by Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT on speed of light.

IMPORTANCE OF REACHING LIGHT SPEED

Now, you might want to know, what is the importance of reaching the speed of light. Well, there are Earth like planets hundreds of millions of miles from us, even billions. But being able to travel at the speed of light will put us in traveling distance. Meaning, we travel to the moon in 3 days and Mars can take just under a year. But at the speed of light, we would reach the moon in about one second, and a few minutes to Mars. Just think about those 300 days it takes to get to Mars, the traveling distance we could make in space. Put it this way, light travels 16,105,941,302 miles in one day. Now multiply that by 365 days in a year. We would far exceed our solar system into other universes that we once theorized about in the past. Now granted, humans would most like not make that mission because of the effects on the human body traveling that speed. But sending a probe is no bodily effects or dangers. So for now, that would be the goal; a probe in space.


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TYPE SOCIETY: Technological Advancement Effects on the World

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“Is it all good ?”

We are still not even a Type 1 civilization on earth. As long as humans occupied this planet we are nowhere near that type. You may ask yourselves, “What exactly is a type civilization?” Well the type civilizations comes from the Kardashev scale that is used to gauge a civilization’s technological advancement due to the energy used for communications. Right now in our civilization, we sit at roughly .78. Now the humans species scientifically has been calculated at around 250,000 years or more. Large amount of time to be in a place and only be .78.

What keeps us from further progressing on to at least one or maybe even a two someday? There are a few reasons as to way starting with capabilities. The capabilities of man is not there yet. But we are moving very fast especially when looking over the past few decades. From the 1960’s when man was put on the moon, up until now. Prior to the moon landing, very little has been accomplished on that level. We’ve had flight, the light bulb, and telephones, but landing on the moon is a tough act to follow. So time continues to tick, as we look for the next technological advancement or expedition. What else stands in the way, well a lot social concerns.

One of the other issues is religious. Fundamental religious beliefs will hinder so much advancement over time. Well why, why is religion a enemy of technology? It’s a hindrance because people believe a higher power created everything. And if humans are able to harness the energy on earth to control what the bible says is impossible, then it makes religions seem futile. Of course it would still serves as moral and ethical a template in how to live your life, but it would eliminate any existence of you being created by a divine deity. And since people can’t deal with the fact that this is it, and this is all they have to look forward to, they’d reject so much advancement. It’s not that technology aims to destroy religion, it’s just that society changes and religion remains constant rendering religion irrelevant.

What other social constraint is placed on advancement? Well, that would fall under sociopolitical issues. Depending on what political party is in control in whatever country, there is this push pull tug of war. Let’s say in the United States for example. There is a break through technologically, but Democrats and Republicans disagree. Not on it being of use to humanity, but which party will be in control once it’s launched. That party could potentially take some sort of responsibility for it coming to market once approval is given.

Another hindrance of moving from type civilization to type civilization would be the access to capital. Well, whose in environments with limited access? That would be third world countries. Meaning economics is another reason why technology lags and progression becomes stagnant. With all that has been said so far, what does a Type 1,2,3,4, and 5 look like. Well we are closer already to the type 1 civilization which is a planetary community. But in addition to this community, it would mean controlling certain aspects of earth: the weather or even natural disasters. What if we reach one, then what would two look like on earth?

A type 2 would mean something on a much higher level. The level of manipulating stars of our planet. Let’s say some object was making it’s way to earth. In today’s society it would mean total extension if big enough. But if we were a type Image result for type 2 civilization2, then we could manipulate other planets by placing them in the path, deflecting the object. Or we could use the energy we are able to harness to evaporate the object. Better yet, we would even have the ability to move our planet out of the way of the object. But, if you think that’s
impressive, what about type 3.

You mean there’s another level, yeah. Type 3 is even more advanced, hard to believe we could ever reach this level. But if by some miracle we do reach this level what can we accomplish? We wouldImage result for type 3 civilization be considered the master race of people. We could also stretch across galaxies meaning moving faster than the speed of light. In addition meaning we could teleport, which is only theoretical in society today.

But then there is another level up. The next level up is the type 4 civilization. Which in my opinion is not going to happen most likly ever. If it took us 250,000 years to get here, you can forget about it. Image result for type 4 civilizationThis is the level at which man could control the energy in our entire universe. Hahahaha! It’s laughable because we only harness 20 billionths of the sun’s energy, must less the energy of the universe. But guess what, there is still one more level to advancement. And that is the type 5!

Type 5 is the highest level. Type 4 is controlling the energy of the universe. So what can be more impressive than controlling all the energy of the universe as well as moving at the speed of light. This basically means defining all laws of physics. This level Image result for GODSwould make us GODS! But some would say, gods can control weather, natural disasters, manipulate objects in space, and control universal energy. No no, we’re talking creating a whole new universe, with planets, species, the bang.

But is there any real reason to reach these levels. I mean, people want to inevitably figure out how to exist on this planet. If we could find a way to feed every human on earth, we really don’t even need a reason for Type 3 – 5. But as long as there are all these social, political, and religious concerns present, reaching type 1 is still difficult.

ALIENS: WE WAIT, THEY WATCH!

As I sit here, I think to myself how interesting it is to me how much we sit and wait for the return. If you think I’m referring to religion, then no, not the return of God. I’m talking about the aliens on this planet. All my life, I’ve heard about the aliens that are supposedly out there in the universe. Watching and waiting for an opportunity to come to earth. But then I started to think about who the aliens could be. Maybe they are not coming in peace nor wanting to war with earth. Maybe just maybe, they feel we are far too boring to deal with, or they’re far too advanced for us. That’s right, as much as people think we are so special, aliens might feel there is nothing special about us. We build homes, cars, manufacture cars and clothes, build skyscrapers, even put man on the moon. Aliens probably look at us like, “Awww, look at these cute little humans.” “They’re building these little engines for carrying humans.” “Oh look, they even built an aircraft; even reaching space.” Our genius could be seen as something futile to an alien. Or maybe it’s something more humorous than we know.

That’s right, I said humorous, like entertainment. Aliens might look at Earth as cable television with countries as the television networks; meanwhile country’s conflicts are like television shows. For instance, Israel and Palestine is the channel while their conflict serves as a television show. These two groups of people throwing rocks and shooting at each other is like humans watching the discovery channel as Cheetahs chase down Gazelles. To us as people, we see the conflict as serious, but it’s entertainment to them. America is another channel, while our race for President serves as another show. The Presidency could be seen as a new season of television where main character changes every four seasons. Aliens look on and go, “Wow, didn’t see that coming.” “Americans are making some odd selections this season.” “These characters are not as interesting as the past.”

Even our entertainment might serve as entertainment to them. Or it might even be seen as something odd and confusing. Aliens might think to themselves, “What are they doing?” “Sitting in front of a box and watching each other run around with balls and sticks.” Arenas could be seen as just as confusing and odd. “Why are these humans watching other humans run around and put balls in hoops?” Sports, if not odd or confusing, might even be seen as a bit of a dumb activity. Oh, and don’t bring up our science. The Hubble Telescope and other space endeavors might be another confusing aspect of humanity. They could be thinking, “What are they doing with that telescope (assuming they even call it a telescope)?” “Then they go, “Awww, they’re trying to take pictures of the Big Bang.” “Only if they knew, they’re not even 1% close to solving anything.”

In the end, maybe there is someone who will eventually, if not a group of people that will come close to finding extra terrestrial life. This life could be something super intelligent or maybe they’re not that special themselves. Maybe we’ve been seeking other life and the life is already here. Asteroids hit Earth that killed the dinosaurs. Asteroids carry cells made capable of evolving. In that case, maybe we’re the aliens. Maybe we’re the ones from another planet that evolved into what we are today. Well, we won’t know, well at least no time soon.