[Open Post: See Below]
Consider this a sort of snipe hunt for possible unintended consequences.
You discovered a new particle/wavicle analogous to photons but propogated by “gravity waves” (go ahead, call this fictional particle a “graviton”) and
You discovered a way to “modulate” photons in interaction with these gravitons in such a way as to capture/release energy in ways hitherto unimagined and
You engineered a “black box” that could be manufactured cheaply and be used to power a home, a car, virtually anything that can be powered with electricity, very, very, VERY inexpensively.
In addition, you discover that, like radio waves, gravity waves can be used for instantaneous communication without any interference with current technology, and that your lil photon/graviton generator can also be built so that it can store and manipulate data…
What would you do?
It seems a simple question, and most folks’ first response would be simple, as well: Market the puppy and become wealthy beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings.
Now, before you respond, try to imagine the riipple effect of such devices freely released into society. Try to imagine the positive AND negative effects… and the effects of the postive and negative effects.
Go ahead and do try the lil thought experiment, and answerâ€”eventuallyâ€”in comments or a post of your own (link here, please so I can follow the imaginings, if you would). I have my own thoughts, but I’d like to reserve them so as not to influence yours any more than I already have.
(And yes, this lil thought experiment can be used as a meta-lesson applied to other things… )
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