Okay, now I’ve truly seen it all. There’s now an app called Universe Splitter, that, if used, according to a leading theory of quantum behavior, will cause your many universes to diverge. And it only costs $1.99.
As far as I can tell, it asks you to tell it two things that you could be doing right now, like taking a nap or organizing your sock drawer. It then tells you which one to do, based on how a photon is split by a Quantis quantum device in Geneva that is certified by the National Metrology Institute of Switzerland. (In theory the “you” in another universe will do the other thing.) It then reports the results of that quantum event.
It looks like a great app if you’re indecisive. From the comments, it seems like it would be fun to do the opposite of what you’re told to do, thus creating a third universe. It’s kind of mind bending when you think about it.
I think it might be fun to be reminded that your life could have taken an entirely different path. And it’s also entertaining to imagine that no matter what choice you make, another you is out there doing the opposite. There’s a lot of science to back this up, believe it or not.
Does that mean that in another universe I voted for Trump? Nooooooooooooo!
But I also feel like using this app is a huge responsibility. Am I forcing the hand of the other me? What if the other me doesn’t want to take a nap? Am I causing havoc in other worlds?Am I becoming a micromanager or a pushy pseudo parent? Am I setting off a steady stream of divorces? Violent crimes? Foolishness and shenanigans? Undeserved failures or successes?
Do I have the right to do that? It’s a moral conundrum that would have me hesitating before pushing any buttons. It feels heavy.
It also just occurred to me that every time I open my drawbridge, per this theory, I’m splitting universes for people. What if the cars I am delaying mean that people will just miss meeting the loves of their lives? What if they lose their jobs because they show up late? Ugh. Too much responsibility.
So maybe I should ask the app if I should use the app…
Oh, my head hurts.
If you choose to read my book, does that mean that the “you” in another universe won’t read my book? That would make me sad. http://amzn.to/2mlPVh5