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Socioeconomic implications of certain technologies

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I did not want to write interdimensional travel into the title, but that is what this is about. They have access to an unlimted number of worlds with limited access. I am leaving aside the ethical implications of interdimensional imperialism for now. What does that mean from a social and economic angle?

  • there can be no absolute shortages of resources. If you really need some natural resource, you can source it from some dimension.
  • some tourist destinations take a real hit. Unspoiled tropical beaches are no longer rare. Others do not. You can see the real Rome only in the real Rome.
  • crime pays again. If you get a lot of money and manage to evade the law for long enough to buy and escape to your own dimension, you live your dream.
  • There is a market for personal combat instructions and gear and possibly mercenaries to a far greater extent.
  • language instruction in classical dead languages suddenly has a much larger market. They don't speak an understandable form of English? So what, speak Latin! The dimension is much cheaper.
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19 hours ago, Oltux72 said:
  • some tourist destinations take a real hit. Unspoiled tropical beaches are no longer rare. Others do not. You can see the real Rome only in the real Rome.

Considering an infinite multiverse, there has to be a universe where Rome exists. But tourism in alternate dimensions might be off the table if interdimensional travel is as expensive as it's been implied.

 

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23 hours ago, Nameless said:

Considering an infinite multiverse, there has to be a universe where Rome exists. But tourism in alternate dimensions might be off the table if interdimensional travel is as expensive as it's been implied.

 

But it would not be our Rome. You could always say that it is not the city whose streets Caesar, Ovid and Tacitus wandered, but just copies.

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Just now, Oltux72 said:

But it would not be our Rome. You could always say that it is not the city whose streets Caesar, Ovid and Tacitus wandered, but just copies.

Maybe, but the cost of interdimensional travel still makes tourism on earth the better option.

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2 minutes ago, Nameless said:

Maybe, but the cost of interdimensional travel still makes tourism on earth the better option.

Exactly, but to a different degree. That was my point. This dimension business is pretty seedy if you go into the details. If your touristic dream is a real dungeon where you can torture purple llamas for real, our Earth cannot compete. I will remain silent about the even more unsavory options.

And the dimensions suitable for such activities will be cheaper, as the language requirement falls away. In fact for some options people are a hinderance. Do you want to offer safaris into lands of roving mammoths and roaring sabretooth cats? Take a dimension in which man has gone extinct.

I wonder where the cost is. Is it the actual transfer or do they just have to make good on the high initial cost of discovery?

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On 3/16/2022 at 9:10 AM, Oltux72 said:

But it would not be our Rome. You could always say that it is not the city whose streets Caesar, Ovid and Tacitus wandered, but just copies.

People wont care if it looks like duck talks like a duck it's a duck. 

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On 3/17/2022 at 11:58 AM, bmcclure7 said:

People wont care if it looks like duck talks like a duck it's a duck. 

Nah. Historians wouldn't consider alternate Rome #3405050 to be interchangeable with ours, because it wouldn't actually allow them to learn/extrapolate anything meaningful (way too many variables and possibilities for cross contamination). Tourists wouldn't consider it THE "Rome," because that would negate a big part of their travel experience. 

On 3/15/2022 at 8:03 AM, Nameless said:

Considering an infinite multiverse, there has to be a universe where Rome exists. But tourism in alternate dimensions might be off the table if interdimensional travel is as expensive as it's been implied.

Brandon's original idea was "time travel tourism," and the guide itself includes touristy goals (among other things) as possible motivations for visiting alternate universes. You're right that the cost definitely puts limits on the prevalence of interdimensional travel, and it's probably more expensive (and definitely more dangerous) than regular tourism. We also don't know exactly how difficult it is to find alternate universes which have the very specific attributes (i.e., a nearly identical copy of Rome).

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