I hope more “big picture thinkers” come along to help with this. I can see that this is an absolutely HUGE situation with implications that effect the very fabric of time and space. But like Polyphemus, my mind can only go so far with this.
I’ve thrown out a number of items which have shown to be pertinent. I’ve mentioned the Singularity, and along comes mention of the Singularity by Atlas. Not only that, a question to us of whether we feel that we should help the Singularity actually come about! Does the Foundation think that a sentient quantum computer would be better at managing the world than human beings??
I’ve mentioned Area 51, that I suspected that the technology developed in the various labs under Foundation control are reverse engineered (DANG IT, ctrl-enter again!) from alien technology. Any sort of truly practical travel between star systems is going to involve warp drives of some kind. The fact that ships come blasting in close to planets indicates to me that they aren’t using wormholes, but rather some version of the Alcubierre drive, which can warp space at any point whatsoever and send you careening faster than light across the cosmos. This uses some extremely exotic quantum-based technology which if it can be applied to other systems like computing and communications, could have ramifications the scientists working with it might not suspect. Such as causing inadvertent temporal anomalies like recursive time loops that trap them.
I’ve mentioned that the aliens serving notice at the Superlumina site that they were coming, might have made that decision because they have spy sensors in our solar system which are snooping for things like the detonation of nuclear weapons, and use of quantum technology which could be even more dangerous in the hands of a fledgling civilization like ours who don’t fully understand it. Both of those technologies probably give off unique electromagnetic signatures. It’s an incredible coincidence that they delivered their message just as we’re exploring such research on a functional level.
I’ve mentioned the seriousness the Foundation and the military are taking security surrounding this project, and then strangely, how they do nothing about the leaks which linger untouched on the internet.
I’ve mentioned the time errors and oddities involved, and what that might mean. Mentioned what sounds like Elizabeth Leighton mentioning in her apparent distorted plea for help about fifteen or sixteen timelines, and given how strongly the number 16 is involved with this situation, I’m running with that. How possible it is that multiple dimensions are involved. Whether or not the communications from Mz Leighton are from the same woman in our universe.
Lord, I could go on and on with this. There is a Big Reason that this project is being pursued so diligently, and I can’t believe it’s to tinker with subatomic particles to give us cellphones that can communicate across time and space instantly, or give us cute artificial intelligences to help us manage our finances. Is it to take us out into the universe to join whatever League of Worlds is spanning the galaxy? Has the government made contact with aliens already, and is jumping the gun to get Out There? Has some megalomaniac discovered that harnessing this collected technology is equivalent to Godhood? Unfortunately, I don’t have forever and a day to ponder this enigma, but I want to. This is Big, Serious Stuff. The very Universe is involved, perhaps more than ours.
CALLING ALL BIG MINDS OUT THERE!! What do you make of all this?
Memo to myself: next time, use Wordpad.