I imagine there will be some kind of regulation regarding time travel and related activities. Even though only licensed people would be able to do the cool/tricky stuff (for pre-approved purposes, o’ course), ordinary citizens would be able to make use of the technology (within limits o’ course). I’ve been thinking about a system where one can use time credits to make better use of time.
–> Have 4 showers in a row. Then you can skip 3 showers in the near future.*
–> Catch the bus or train to AND from work first thing in the morning to avoid the afternoon traffic.**
–> Eat breakfast the night before an early morning and save time without going hungry.^
Most time credit transactions would need to be booked ahead of time, so it would be a good idea to make sure you have a couple of ‘wild card credits’ up your sleeve. These could be redeemed for a variety of one-off transactions without the need to pre-book. For example:
You’ve rented a car and you’re concerned about driving after dark.
You have a dinner reservation for 6:30pm – right before sunset.
The restaurant is overbooked and you have to wait 30 mins before a table will be ready.
If you had a ‘wild card credit’, you could drive home from the restaurant (without pre-booking) instead of wasting time waiting around for a table. Once you’re safely home, activate the credit and you’ll find yourself back at the restaurant as though you never left. Then after dinner you don’t need to worry about driving in the dark#.
It couldn’t be simpler.
*There would be restrictions on how long any time credits are valid.
**Travel would need to be booked in advance. Long distance or international travel may require the use of more than 1 credit. Further, international travel is only permitted between regions that maintain a reciprocal agreement.
^The consumption of food and expulsion of related waste products would be strictly regulated. Not appropriate for users under 18 years.
#You also don’t need to worry about driving under the influence, provided you were sober when you drove home earlier that same evening.