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Think that’s radical? Back in 1957, a Princeton graduate student named Hugh Everett proposed what is called “Many Worlds” interpretation. According to his dissertation, quantum theory (the variable behavior of atoms) is true not just for atoms but for everything—like tables, flower pots, SUVs, and even people. Everett was actually stating that these big things could, like tiny pieces of atoms, be in many places at once.
It gets wilder. Everett hypothesized that if you observe a sports utility vehicle (SUV) which is in two places at once, your mind will also end up in two states at once—one which perceives that SUV in one place, and another which perceives it in another place! So, really, there would be two versions of you and each one would perceive a world in which there is a different version of SUV. Not only that, but these two selves and these two SUVs don’t exist in a vacuum. They actually interact with each other!
This whole concept of multiple realities was a big boon for science fiction writers. The truth is that these ideas are generally considered plausible but not in relation to large-scale world. We don’t have a way of manifesting alternate universes full of multiple SUVs (thankfully) so we can’t really test it.
But there is one area of Big World (that which we can see without microscopes) that will be completely revolutionized by quantum theory, and that’s development of quantum computers. In quantum computers, experimenters are taking advantage of ability of particles such as atoms to be in many places at once to do many calculations simultaneously.
Talk about high-speed connections. Quantum computers could solve in seconds problems that would take conventional computers millions of years to decipher.
We’re talking WAY beyond quickly downloading your email, obviously. What does this mean for world? What will these quantum computers do? The staggering truth is that a quantum computer will actually perform in different realities—it will be engaging huge numbers of versions of other computers in alternate universes.
Freaky, huh? But real, and coming soon—or at least, eventually.
Next time you find yourself daydreaming about how your life could be different, ramp it up a notch. Think about quantum physics and Many Worlds theory. Consider that your life might already be different in some other reality! If it’s possible that it exists exactly as you dream it, there’s no reason you can’t create it here. And heck, you only have to do it in one universe. Piece of cake!
Make that multiple pieces.
Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse. Her work has inspired thinkers in over 90 countries. This article appeared in the Friday Mind Massage, a free weekly ezine serving up a satisfying blend of clarity, comfort and comic relief. To subscribe, visit www.massageyourmind.com.