15,000 years in our future – as far ahead as the hand prints on the cave walls of Lascaux are behind us – humanity occupies 100,000 galaxies among the immense galactic rivers of the Laniakea Supercluster.
Civilization spans half a billion light years.
Starsteeds, accelerated by warp drives to thousands of times the speed of light, connect all the teeming worlds within the star-systems of each galaxy.
To traverse greater distances among galaxies, starsteeds plunge directly into black holes.
Moving faster than light, paralux vehicles (such as starsteeds) navigate along 5-dimensional trajectories that open black holes into wormholes.
These “jump-holes” make accessible even the most remote galactic frontiers of the supercluster.
Intimately connected, millions of worlds and hundreds of millions of anthropic species cohere in a social system unimaginable to us: Protopia.
The Laniakea Protopia assures that – across all 100,000 galaxies, on tens of millions of planets, and within the minds of quadrillions of human beings in a kaleidoscopic assortment of genetic and transbiotic forms – each day is better than the previous.
That sounds ludicrously unrealistic to us – because we lack the omen-coder.
An omen-coder is a human being who has been genetically designed to observe the wave function.
Since the previous century of our time, back in the 1920s, physicists have speculated that the wave function is more than just a subjective evaluation of probabilities but actually the Noumenon itself: the one objective reality hidden from us by the biological limits of our minds.
What does it mean to perceive the wave function?
The probability function reveals the Many Worlds, which are all the possible configurations of the atoms constituting our universe.
The colossal but finite energy of the Big Bang has been divvied up among the Many Worlds, with the most probable worlds receiving the most energy and the largest number of variations.
Omen-coders survey the sprawling landscape of the many possible worlds in any given environment, and they trace out harmonious energetic paths that progressively improve the lives of each and every biotic human in their care.
15,000 years from now, what are the “improvements” and “progress” that the Protopia advances?
These are cultural values decided variously among the enormous collection of human-types in the Protopia.
In each locality, we find an omen-coder attuned to the type of humans living there.
Omen-coders are shapeshifters; I won’t go into the nanotechnology that makes that possible.
Sensitive to the wave function of their precinct, omen-coders influence the people around them with morfones.
Similar to the pheromones that ants share, these chemical tags manipulate the moods and thoughts of everyone in the omen-coder’s morfonic community.
Omen-coders move among the population, mostly unnoticed, distributing morfones that contour the lives they supervise and guide.
Though they resonate with the most intimate feelings and ruminations of the people around them, their own psychology is wholly alien to us.
Their minds are the objective fact of the wave function.
At root, the wave function is T-zero, the initial instant of creation, when all the energy that would ever exist existed as a quantum event in a point far smaller than an electron.
The psyche of the omen-coder penetrates the first light, T-zero, which illuminates every variation of the universe that can possibly cool out of that energy and its intrinsic laws of physics.
The mind of the omen-coder is the sentience of light.
Better yet, think of the omen-coder as the human interface with pure energy, the E of E = mc^2.
Omen-coders illuminate the night paths E followed into mc^2, down into hydrogen clouds, deeper into stars, and eventually outward to us, arrangements of atoms that think and feel.
15,000 years from now, we will complete our pilgrimage to the stars – and to the light that built them.
We will be changed, utterly, and we can debate if we will still be human.
But we will still be atoms arranged to think and feel.
What shadows will the omen-coder’s light cast in our future hearts?