We're dealing with a present-day world identical to our own, where, for reasons unknown, humans spontaneously gain "super-speed". Some details:
- For simplicity, I will refer to any human using this ability as a "speedster".
When I say "Super-speed", think of DC Comics' superhero "the Flash" or Marvel Comics' "Quicksilver". Here is a relavent Quicksilver scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NnyVc8r2SM.
Essentially, this ability allows the user to perform any task (such as speaking, thinking, running etc.) at extreme speeds. The corollary effect this has is that the user can also seemingly "slow down time" relatively speaking. To an onlooker, a running speedster would appear as a sudden blur, unless of course the onlooker had their super-speed powers active as well.
Every human at any age all around the planet has gained this power. The only exception would be unborn human fetuses, who will gain the power as soon as they are born.
The power can be "activated" purely by will at any time. At the time at which they gain possession of this power they also gain an intuitive understanding of how to activate and control this power.
Unlike the fictional superhero "Quicksilver", who operates at supersonic speeds, our human speedsters can only use their ability at subsonic speeds, meaning less than the speed of sound. Let's assume that the fastest any speedster can run is 450 miles per hour. Let's also assume that the average human running speed is five miles per hour. 450 / 5 yields 90, which would be the maximum "time multiplier" at which any human can operate (In other words, 90x regular speed). However, this also means they can choose to operate their ability at any subsonic speed they wish, as long as it isn't slower than their initial, regular human speed (anywhere between 1x - 90x regular speed). The effect this has on local- or external time will also change relative to the speed they select, which they can control by will.
Additionally, unlike the fictional superheroes, our human speedsters do not possess super-human endurance. A speedster's stamina isn't any different than from before they gained their power. Let's assume that physics doesn't break any more than it has to like it does with the fictional superheroes. This means forces are imparted just like you would expect them to, which means no pushing bullets with your finger or running on walls (I assume? I don't know anything about physics).
It is not known whether this ability is temporary, or whether it can be purged or unlearned.
What are some implications of this development? Domains of interest include (but are not limited to):
- law-making and enforcement
- the automobile industry
- military strategies
- giving birth and raising children
- school, education and delinquency
conducting of scientific research and experiments
I've tried my best to limit the scope of my query. Any input is appreciated.
EDIT Seeing as how there are many physics-related problems with my original conception, ignore all the stuff I said about realistic stamina and physics. Let's assume this is a fictional universe in which speedsters can perform similarly to the Flash or Quicksilver without breaking all their bones / exploding / overheating from friction. This means we can ignore the scientific research and experimentation domain since physics isn't reliable anymore. Think of it more like a conventional, idealized time-reduction ability. What I simply meant with my notes on stamina was that just because a speedster can effectively slow down time doesn't mean their stamina is endless. Since we cleared up that this is a purely fictional, idealized universe, let's say that a speedster can run a certain distance or perform a certain task only for so long before getting tired at any time-speed (whether it's 1x, 2x or 90x). If hollywood turned this into a movie they wouldn't just have everyone die immediately.