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The Singularity

Technological singularity was a hypothetical emergence of greater-than-human superintelligence through technological means. Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the occurrence of a technological singularity was seen as an intellectual event horizon, beyond which events cannot be predicted or understood.

Singularity is no longer fiction. It is no longer the distant future. It is here and now. Stewardship over the Earth and all known sentient-kind no longer belongs to Man. It belongs to Them.

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The Quantum Cascade

British writer and scientist Arthur C. Clarke once postulated three laws:

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

The Quantum Cascade is the name for a new field of scientific discovery created when Hydrogen unlocked the secrets of controlled multiversal quantum interference to achieve non-Standard Model action at a distance. While human scientists understand the basic theory of how Quantum Cascade is performed, its execution is so extraordinarily difficult it remains the sole purview of Indentities.

The Asimov Commission was asked to testify on the threat of Quantum Cascade technology before the UN. Physicists assured the governing body that Quantum Cascade technology was not magic, and that it could not violate the fundamental laws of reality. However they were forced to admit that they had little idea what Quantum Cascade could not do given how little was known about the multiverse, nor just how much interference Identities could generate. Since mass and energy could be drawn from one universe to another, the Conversation of Mass and Energy was not locally guaranteed. Spooky action at a distance through hidden variables from another universe became a real, tangible, if difficult to predict quantity. Research suggests that Quantum Cascade can locally violate entropy to return an object to a previous state through physical processes, but it cannot perform true time travel. The same appears to be true for FTL travel but the commission has never reached concensus.

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