# Warp Traveling 101

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The speed of light is best considered Warp 1. Warp 2 is double the speed of light. Warp 3 is four times Warp 2. Eight times Warp 3 is called Warp 4, and so on. It is not possible to accelerate to or between warp speeds. There is no limit to the exponential series, and the higher warp speeds you go, the farther you travel forwards or backwards in time (relative to some static inertial frame). This is due largely in part because of time dilation.

Warp distances are commonly measured in "clicks." For example, Proxima Centauri B is 4.33 lightyears away & can take up to 76,000 years to reach with 2020 technology...but if you were to hop in your local warp machine, and dial it up to Warp 2--suddenly the closest system to Earth is 2.16 clicks away. Relatively speaking, it feels like half the distance and time for travel for an observer onboard the warp ship. The only reason you'd ever even want to travel as slow as Warp 1 or 2, is to minimize divergence (more on that another day)

So, if it is impossible for an object with mass to accelerate to Warp 1, how is it even possible to go Warp 2,3,4? There's a few solutions to the problem, the common being "you start by hitching a ride on a beam of light & go from there" to the more exotic "You really just fold the space between you and your endpoint & then step over." The former requires this movement to be done by abandoning your mass-body. In other words, your digital mind can ride on a beam of light and beyond...but not your physical body. For that you'd need the later; to literally fold the fabric of spacetime in such a way that you can step from your porch -> to Proxima Centauri -> as easily as stepping through a doorway.

-Oz

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The speed of light is best considered Warp 1. Warp 2 is double the speed of light. Warp 3 is four times Warp 2. Eight times Warp 3 is called Warp 4, and so on. It is not possible to accelerate to or between warp speeds. There is no limit to the exponential series, and the higher warp speeds you go, the farther you travel forwards or backwards in time (relative to some static inertial frame). This is due largely in part because of time dilation.

Warp distances are commonly measured in "clicks." For example, Proxima Centauri B is 4.33 lightyears away & can take up to 76,000 years to reach with 2020 technology...but if you were to hop in your local warp machine, and dial it up to Warp 2--suddenly the closest system to Earth is 2.16 clicks away. Relatively speaking, it feels like half the distance and time for travel for an observer onboard the warp ship. The only reason you'd ever even want to travel as slow as Warp 1 or 2, is to minimize divergence (more on that another day)

So, if it is impossible for an object with mass to accelerate to Warp 1, how is it even possible to go Warp 2,3,4? There's a few solutions to the problem, the common being "you start by hitching a ride on a beam of light & go from there" to the more exotic "You really just fold the space between you and your endpoint & then step over." The former requires this movement to be done by abandoning your mass-body. In other words, your digital mind can ride on a beam of light and beyond...but not your physical body. For that you'd need the later; to literally fold the fabric of spacetime in such a way that you can step from your porch -> to Proxima Centauri -> as easily as stepping through a doorway.

-Oz

You seem to be describing increasing powers of 2 as the multiplication factors of c.

(2^0)*c = 1*c, (2^1)*c = 2*c, (2^3)*c = 8*c, (2^6)*c = 64*c, etc...

"Hitching a ride on a beam of light" reminds me of the movie K-PAX, which was very interesting, yes...

Novelist Gene Brewer wrote the book which was later adapted to a movie. I wonder what his inspiration was for that novel?

Philip K. Dick wrote the story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? which later became the basis for the movie "Blade Runner". He has described having experiences of altered consciousness.

Perhaps some massless aspect of our consciousness can use tachyonic travel to visit other regions in the physical multiverse. Some people have written about the possibility of astral travel.

I am not sure it is possible to fold space in the manner that you describe, but it might be possible to use wormhole teleportation which can be described as a form of macroscopic quantum tunneling. One should be able to step through a portal to the other side of the universe as easily as stepping through a doorway, yes...

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Oz, it sounds like you described Star Trek to a T. I have a silly question. I do not know as much about physics as many of you, so giggle if you want but bear with me --- is Star Trek warp speed based on potentially real (upcoming) technology, in order words, do you think it could happen, or is it totally fiction?

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Oz, it sounds like you described Star Trek to a T. I have a silly question. I do not know as much about physics as many of you, so giggle if you want but bear with me --- is Star Trek warp speed based on potentially real (upcoming) technology, in order words, do you think it could happen, or is it totally fiction?

I actually don't have much insight into Star Trek >_< I've seen the newest movies with Chris Pine, but I can't say I know how their universe works. There are folks out there I'm sure that are scholars on the subject. I did like the time travel dynamic in the first one.

I do know that even though Star Trek is a work of fiction, several inventions have come from the TV show. I'll read into how Star Trek warping works, and I'm willing to bet that it's not unreasonable!

-Oz

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I do know that even though Star Trek is a work of fiction, several inventions have come from the TV show. I'll read into how Star Trek warping works, and I'm willing to bet that it's not unreasonable!

-Oz

Maybe the writers of Star Trek did their homework.

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