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Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

samzenpus posted about 8 months ago | from the bill-and-ted-approved dept.

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Here's an interesting paper by two physicists at Michigan Technological University who have come up with a practical methodology for finding time travelers through the internet. 'Time travel has captured the public imagination for much of the past century, but little has been done to actually search for time travelers. Here, three implementations of Internet searches for time travelers are described, all seeking a prescient mention of information not previously available. The first search covered prescient content placed on the Internet, highlighted by a comprehensive search for specific terms in tweets on Twitter. The second search examined prescient inquiries submitted to a search engine, highlighted by a comprehensive search for specific search terms submitted to a popular astronomy web site. The third search involved a request for a direct Internet communication, either by email or tweet, pre-dating to the time of the inquiry. Given practical verifiability concerns, only time travelers from the future were investigated. No time travelers were discovered. Although these negative results do not disprove time travel, given the great reach of the Internet, this search is perhaps the most comprehensive to date.' Stephen Hawking's similar search (video) also provided negative results."

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Whew. (4, Funny)

Kaenneth (82978) | about 8 months ago | (#45854207)

Haven't been found out yet!

Re:Whew. (4, Funny)

melikamp (631205) | about 8 months ago | (#45854217)

Of course not. Whenever anyone gets "found out", a sexy brunette time-policewoman goes back in time an fixes it. Permanently.

Not all time travelers log into the Net (2)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 8 months ago | (#45854239)

And not all of us do time travels all the time. :)

But seriously speaking ... (5, Interesting)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 8 months ago | (#45854339)

... I did experience some kind of "reality bending", about 9 minutes prior to the earthquake that triggered the tsunami in Japan.

The date was April 11, 2011.

It was 16.07 local (Singapore) time, as I was in Singapore for a business meeting.

I was sitting in front of a computer display typing away, inside a hotel room. The desktop computer was provided by the host, and it was plugged into the net. The computer clock had just been synced with some online atomic time at noon time (some 4 hours ago).

For some reason I felt something weird, nothing moving, but I felt that something is not right. I look out of the windows (it was a high-rise hotel, and my room was in the 23 or 24th floor) and I witnessed "reality bending".

I can't really describe it, but what I saw was the window frame and the concrete pole "bend", not unlike what the "bending images" of some old vhs tapes where part of the scenes got scattered to one side.

That weird sensation only lasted a few seconds and the first thought that came across my mind was that there was an earthquake.

Since Singapore is located very near to earthquake zone, I expected that something gonna shake and was waiting to see if the shaking gonna be big and if that I have to evacuate from the hotel room.

But nothing shook.

So instinctively I look at the computer clock. It showed 16:07.

I sat there for a minute or two, waiting for some "signs" of shaking or whatever. Nothing.

Satisfied that nothing gonna happened I continued what I was doing.

A few minutes afterward, news started to trickle in over the net - a big quake in Japan, and later, a devastating tsunami.

Till now I still can't explain what exactly happened, and why my first thought after I experienced that "bend reality" was a "earthquake".

Re: But seriously speaking ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854389)

Singapore isn't anywhere near an earthquake zone. Its in the middle of a plate.

Re: But seriously speaking ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854467)

So is New Madrid.

Re: But seriously speaking ... (4, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 8 months ago | (#45854651)

So is New Madrid.

Sure, it is NOW - thanks to those technologically advanced, time-traveling pranksters.

Re:But seriously speaking ... (1)

qwijibo (101731) | about 8 months ago | (#45854485)

Typical glitch in the matrix. Your story would be easier to explain if it happened in Amsterdam. =)

One time, leaving a weekly lunch with friends, I commented that the weather was going to trigger the "earthquake weather" nut jobs. On my way back to work, there was a minor earthquake. It was under 5.0, so by California standards, it rates mention only on slow news days and ends up on the USGS daily summary. It would not have been memorable if the conditions didn't give me such a strong impression and if I didn't have multiple friends tell me about the quake that happened shortly (within the 45 minute commute back to work) after I said that.

Even though I'm strongly inclined towards the scientific mindset, these kinds of incidents strongly suggest there's a lot more going on than we understand.

Re:But seriously speaking ... (3, Insightful)

jemmyw (624065) | about 8 months ago | (#45854635)

Even though I'm strongly inclined towards the scientific mindset, these kinds of incidents strongly suggest there's a lot more going on than we understand.

It doesn't really. You're just looking at your one event in isolation. What about all the other times earthquake nut jobs have been mentioned and there subsequently hasn't been a minor earthquake.

Re:But seriously speaking ... (3, Interesting)

jimshatt (1002452) | about 8 months ago | (#45854621)

While your post has nothing to do with time travelers whatsoever, it's still interesting. I saw a documentary recently called "Something Unknown is Doing We Don't Know What...", where they had random number generators around the world. Previous to important global events, they seem to be generating less random numbers, that is, less homogeneously distributed. My explanation is that it has something to do with some kind of local entropy, because there are less states where that event happens then there are where the event doesn't happen. But how that somehow influences the RNGs beats me. If it isn't complete bullocks to begin with.
I liked the documentary, but it failed miserably in even trying to explain the psy events the 'scientists' were researching.

Re:Not all time travelers log into the Net (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854411)

And not all of us do time travels all the time. :)

I think most of us do. I had no idea there was a way to stop, or to adjust the rate of movement.

Re:Whew. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854267)

Haven't been found out yet!

Ya, me neither. I've been traveling through time my entire life, but so far have managed to blend in with the crowd enough that nobody has noticed me yet.

Re:Whew. (1)

pigiron (104729) | about 8 months ago | (#45854531)

If you do not speak English, I am at your disposal with 187 other languages along with their various dialects and sub-tongues.

Re:Whew. (1)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | about 8 months ago | (#45854541)

One might assume that a good time traveler would be aware that someone was doing this to search for them. Well, that's what you'd hope anyway...you wouldn't want just anyone traveling through time. Who knows what damage some temporally displaced dumbass with a sports almanac could do.

Christopher Reeve (2)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 8 months ago | (#45854219)

is somewhere in time

Re:Christopher Reeve (1)

Penguinshit (591885) | about 8 months ago | (#45854359)

I liked that movie.

Re:Christopher Reeve (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854495)

If I could go back in time, I'd warn myself not to see it.

God (1)

TempleOS (3394245) | about 8 months ago | (#45854221)

C:\TAD\Text\WEALTH.TXT ost cases, the effect of no such nice calculation, but of mere thoughtless rashness, and presumptuous contempt of the risk. The contempt of risk, and the presumptuous hope of success, are in no period of life more active than at the age at which young people choose their professions. How little the fear of misfortune is then capable of balancing the hope of good luck, appears still more evidently in the readiness of the common people to enlist as soldiers, or to go to sea, than in the eagerness of

Dear Twitter Admins (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854225)

Dear Twitter Admins

Now you know what to do for April Fool's Day.

Your time-travelling student,
T.S.

Re:Dear Twitter Admins (1)

CTU (1844100) | about 8 months ago | (#45854279)

Twily...come on that is so mean

Twitter and astronomy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854229)

Why would anyone coming back in time bother with Twitter? When I go back in time, I can't wait to setup a new MySpace page in the year 2001!

Re:Twitter and astronomy (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854281)

Why would anyone coming back in time bother with Twitter? When I go back in time, I can't wait to setup a new MySpace page in the year 2001!

HOLD ON.
Who said anything about traveling backwards in time? I conducted the same type of search described in the paper, but instead looked for indications that someone should know something but does not, which would mean they have been traveling forward in time. And the number of positive matches is incredibly high.

Re:Twitter and astronomy (1)

Sique (173459) | about 8 months ago | (#45854363)

Yes, because travelling forward in time is actually possible. It's called relativistic time dilation. Mostly this gets interpreted as the local time being slower than the time in the space surrounding it due to the speed of the object the time is valid for. But one could also interpret it as the object moving forward in time (actually in time-space).

Re:Twitter and astronomy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854447)

Move forward in time - you hardly have to be moving at reletavistic speeds to do THAT.

Re:Twitter and astronomy (1)

Sique (173459) | about 8 months ago | (#45854513)

I was referring to the classical meaning of movement: having a speed difference to your environment (or a referrential system). If you are moving at the same speed than your referrential system, you aren't moving at all.

Re:Twitter and astronomy (1)

hummassa (157160) | about 8 months ago | (#45854585)

you can just slip into a coma for a couple of years; hell, if you live outside your country for a year -- and make a serious effort to acclimate in the new country, instead of tuning in your equivalent to Rede Globo via internet and cable -- you can seriously miss some pop culture icons.

Time travelers not allowed to post prescient info (4, Interesting)

mysidia (191772) | about 8 months ago | (#45854231)

Posting such info could endanger the future, or risk causality paradox issues --- changing the future in such a way, that time travel is not discovered.

Time travelers from the future are historians.... they may be tweeting, but they are tweeing about the past (our present), and possibly sending those tweets into the future.

Re:Time travelers not allowed to post prescient in (1)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 8 months ago | (#45854347)

I agree - and if they do something it has to be actions that dissipates quickly in the noise and don't disturb the future. A small gambling win is quickly absorbed in the currents of time but a major one makes the headlines and may hurt the future.

Killing Hitler in the cradle might have stopped WWII, but it could also have been a stopper for the Apollo project. Or it might only have delayed WWII and made it a nuclear war where the whole world now would be speaking German. Ordnung muss sein!

Another problem with posting on twitter - how do you distinguish between an accurate prediction based on existing facts and a post from someone from the future? Especially if a post made is somewhat fuzzy in the prediction.

If we have time travelers - then I doubt that they actually do show up in our time where there's a crapload of information produced, look back in history instead. Some might want to see and meet Leonardo da Vinci, others might want to see Jesus. The three wise men showing up when Jesus was born?

Correction (4, Funny)

thrill12 (711899) | about 8 months ago | (#45854397)

*Four* wise men, of course, everyone knows th...
...
hold on, what year was this again ?

Re:Time travelers not allowed to post prescient in (4, Funny)

dunkelfalke (91624) | about 8 months ago | (#45854403)

Tell that to John Titor.

there are none (1)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 8 months ago | (#45854625)

I believe that there are no time travelers because every time that someone invents a time traveling machine, eventually some idiot goes back to before the machine is invented and does something that stops the machine from being invented.

I didn't meet myself yet (5, Funny)

yayoubetcha (893774) | about 8 months ago | (#45854233)

An experiment in time travel you can do on your own. Go to your favorite coffee shop at noon tomorrow with the idea that you will travel back in time to meet yourself there. If you meet yourself, it proves that time travel will be possible in the future. If you do not meet yourself, it proves that it doesn't.

Of course, it could mean that it is too expensive for you, and you cannot afford to time travel. Perhaps you should not have wasted all tat time on slashdot.

Re:I didn't meet myself yet (0)

Ambvai (1106941) | about 8 months ago | (#45854249)

I think it would be all the money you spent on coffee.

Re:I didn't meet myself yet (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854351)

I, like any other slashdotter, am quite familiar with the scenario of inviting myself out for coffee...

It's great. We get to talking, find we have a lot in common, and then we go back to my place for some sexy times.

Re:I didn't meet myself yet (0)

Dunbal (464142) | about 8 months ago | (#45854629)

Or spent all that money at coffee shops...

found her! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854237)

Welp. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854241)

*speaks into cell phone*

The Organization has infiltrated Slashdot. I am posting anonymously as a result.

El Psy Congroo.

Re:Welp. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854263)

The IBM 5100 is still waiting to be picked up.

Re:Welp. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854311)

Search the internet? Why not just look up John Titor [wikipedia.org] in Wikipedia?

How do we know... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854243)

That they didn't know about this research and ensure all comments posted prior to this date were pro-actively/retroactively deleted/undone?

Well if they do exist... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854245)

If time travelers do exist, they would have the information of exactly when and what was being searched for. If I didn't want the past to know time travel will be possible, I wouldn't leave any evidence to be found by these searches. And then there's the whole argument between a fixed vs. non-fixed past...

Re:Well if they do exist... (1)

icebike (68054) | about 8 months ago | (#45854539)

So you presume someone from today knows every thing that happened in the past? Nothing went unnoticed?
Or everyone meeting a time traveler would rush out and tell someone?

A little late for this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854253)

We already have evidence on the internet that time travel is not only possible, but that at least one of them has traveled to our era. We've had that proof for over a decade now. Have some people really not heard of John Titor?

Re:A little late for this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854309)

Heh, I was about to post the same thing, but you beat me to it.

They're probably too new to the internet to have heard of Titor during the era of his famous kook-dom. Almost everyone online now is.

Maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854259)

Maybe they are out there, but are being VERY careful about contaminating the timeline...

thanks for ruining it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854261)

now that you have publicized your methodology they will/have already stopped and/or covered their tracks to prevent this evidence from contaminating the space time continuum.

Great story! (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | about 8 months ago | (#45854265)

Worthy of front page news and very technical and insightful for all the science and computer internets who make up slashdot.

Why would wefind one? (1)

CTU (1844100) | about 8 months ago | (#45854271)

The history of the world ins quiet long compared to just the part of it humans have been around so really our time is a small fraction of when and where time travelers could go it. For all we know they could be at the global orgy that happens in the future :P

doubtful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854273)

Even if the tech hurdles were overcome - and laws didn't forbid interference outright, I'd want to keep a pretty goddamn low profile.

Some have already been found out. . . (0)

physicsphairy (720718) | about 8 months ago | (#45854277)

"How did they know it was me!?" -- time traveling Hitler, participating in any online debate

Why would time travellers come here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854285)

Seriously, there are far more interesting times they could go to. I think human culture is pretty much fixed at this point - why would anybody waste time travelling to an era the same as their own?

Not a Complete Failure (2)

some old guy (674482) | about 8 months ago | (#45854287)

They did, however, find L. Ron Hubbard, Blackadder, and the Easter Bunny. Well worth the research!

Time travel is not possible without (5, Interesting)

Spy Handler (822350) | about 8 months ago | (#45854289)

also having excellent spaceships. By excellent I mean able to accelerate to a significant percent of lightspeed.

Say you wanna go back to 1920 and assassinate Hitler while he was a nobody and easy to get to. You build a time machine and POOF, you're in 1920. And you're also dead, since you're also in the vacuum of space... unless your time machine is also a spaceship. The earth is in a different position around the sun, and the sun has orbited to a different spot in the galaxy, and our galaxy has shifted position in the local group, and all this time the universe itself has expanded quite a bit.

I have no idea how far from earth you would be if you time traveled from 2014 to 1920, but I'm guessing it would be measured in parsecs.

Re:Time travel is not possible without (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854433)

By a "significant percentage", I would assume you mean "faster than". In that case, you can simply say that time travel is not possible wiht spaceships, either.

Re:Time travel is not possible without (1)

buswolley (591500) | about 8 months ago | (#45854457)

What is this was the real sticking point in time travel? :)

Re:Time travel is not possible without (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854527)

That is a very good point actually.

Re:Time travel is not possible without (2)

blancolioni (147353) | about 8 months ago | (#45854613)

I've time travelled from the 1970s to 2014, and I'm not dead ...

Re:Time travel is not possible without (3, Insightful)

ColaMan (37550) | about 8 months ago | (#45854623)

Depends on how your time machine works.
If it's a 'jump' or sudden discontinuity between one time and another, you're in trouble.

If it's a 'linear' style time machine (a-la H.G. Wells) and you're merely pulling the 'flow of time' lever from it's rest postion of "Forwards at 1x speed" to something like "Backwards at 200x speed"..... then you're much more likely to remain attached to whatever continent you happen to be in.

Well don't post about it! (1)

Bo'Bob'O (95398) | about 8 months ago | (#45854293)

If you post about it, there will be a record of how we will find you. What you have to do is not tell anyone how you are looking, then not tell anyone when you -do- find them. That way, they will never find out in the future how they were fond in the past and try to avoid it when they travel back in time.

Logically, since nobody has ever posted proof of time travelers, that means they must have found some.

Missing methodology (2)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about 8 months ago | (#45854297)

Have they looked for power surges of 1.21 gigawatts?

Re:Missing methodology (1)

bobthesungeek76036 (2697689) | about 8 months ago | (#45854377)

Wouldn't that be "1.21 jiggawatts"?

Re:Missing methodology (1)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about 8 months ago | (#45854423)

I literally started to type it that way, and corrected it, saying to myself "Nah, some Slashdot pedant...".

Someone else's problem (2)

bobthesungeek76036 (2697689) | about 8 months ago | (#45854299)

I'm pretty much convinced that if one travels back in time, you would be by default in a different time continuum. Your mere presence in a past time would alter it such it will be forked from our own time line. So our "internet" will be oblivious to said time travelers. You would have to figure out a way to search all time lines "internets" to find such evidence. Good luck with that...

Eddie (1)

ysth (1368415) | about 8 months ago | (#45854323)

Eddie's in the space-time continuum.

Re:Eddie (2)

hawkinspeter (831501) | about 8 months ago | (#45854547)

Nah, I've just seen him chopping logs out back.

Re:Someone else's problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854385)

Sounds to me like you assume that this is "the original" time continuum that didn't result from someone traveling back to it.
If time travel is possible there will likely exist a very large number of time continuum where only one is "the original".
So, out of all possible time continuum, why is it most likely that we live in the one that wasn't created by time-traveling?

Or to rephrase it. If your theory isn't a crackpot one it only changes what the search will be able to find. That is that if it doesn't find evidence of time-traveling that could be considered an indication of us being in "the original" rather than proof of time travel being impossible.

Re:Someone else's problem (1)

bobthesungeek76036 (2697689) | about 8 months ago | (#45854435)

I guess I am saying that this timeline is "the original". If you buy in to my theory then no one can travel back and insert themselves into a timeline. One will fork immediately. I'm 54yo so no one has travelled back during my lifetime. Overlapping my life are my parents and their parents and so on. So for all of mandkind this timeline is "the original". The only way it is not is if someone travelled back in time before mandkind and altered time's course. I'm not going there...

Stephen Hawking (1)

somegeekynick (1011759) | about 8 months ago | (#45854319)

His name is not Steven Hawkings.

Re:Stephen Hawking (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854417)

His name is Robert Paulson

Re:Stephen Hawking (1)

Brett Buck (811747) | about 8 months ago | (#45854509)

Coleman Hawkings brother?

Not Ready to Quit (5, Insightful)

RNLockwood (224353) | about 8 months ago | (#45854327)

I must admit to being time traveler. I started time traveling in 1939, inadvertently to be sure. I had no expectations that my travels would be as interesting as they have been nor as boring, from time to time, either. I've found it to be so addicting that I'm plan to keep on, and on for as long as I'm able.

Re:Not Ready to Quit (0)

melikamp (631205) | about 8 months ago | (#45854477)

Or you could just say: "I am 75."

Re:Not Ready to Quit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854611)

No, I am 75!

Who really wants to hand w/ Stephen Hawking?? (0)

Arethan (223197) | about 8 months ago | (#45854335)

So I'm a time traveler, and I can go to any time and place that I choose. Why in this world would I go to Stephen Hawking's lame-ass party? History already recorded that it sucked. F-that, I'm gonna go crash one of Kanye's parties, get some sex from a drunk/drugged troglodyte-hooker, and score some low-priced kanye-coins before they catch on. Then I go home and be a billionaire, like I always wanted, and still get some sex from drunk/drugged troglodyte-hookers.

Honestly, Stephen, you're supposedly a great physicist, you should know better than to think that this sort of crap could ever work.

Lame. Try harder, or stop pretending to know what the fuck you're talking about.

Re:Who really wants to hand w/ Stephen Hawking?? (1)

msmonroe (2511262) | about 8 months ago | (#45854565)

Honestly, Stephen, you're supposedly a great physicist, you should know better than to think that this sort of crap could ever work.

Hawking is a huge fake. I saw him surfing on an episode of the family guy!

John Titor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854367)

Does anyone else remember John Titor? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Titor

I'm surprised they didn't find anything. (2)

bluegutang (2814641) | about 8 months ago | (#45854371)

So many millions of people have posted information to the internet. Is there algorithm so good it did not have a single false positive?

Re:I'm surprised they didn't find anything. (1)

bluegutang (2814641) | about 8 months ago | (#45854379)

Is there algorithm so good

That should be "their" obviously. I should proofread...

Re:I'm surprised they didn't find anything. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854589)

Is there algorithm so good

That should be "their" obviously. I should proofread...

Next time just go back in time and fix it before you hit submit.

Just remember that you have to do it before someone (including yourself) comments on the typo. Fixing it now would destroy the space-time continuum.

Conspiracy (1)

Brett Buck (811747) | about 8 months ago | (#45854489)

No false positives = a little too convenient.

        The utter lack of evidence is undeniable proof of a gigantic PLOT!

Test with other data we know? (1)

AHuxley (892839) | about 8 months ago | (#45854381)

Re 4. Searching for Prescient Search Queries
Would be fun for the http://cryptome.org/2014/01/nsa-codenames.htm [cryptome.org] lists
2. Types of Sock puppets vs Time Travelers?

Forming a Time Travel Association -- why not join? (5, Funny)

SlithyMagister (822218) | about 8 months ago | (#45854395)

If anyone is seriously interested in Time Travel, the inaugural meeting of the Vancouver Time Travel association will be held last Tuesday at the planetarium.

Nothing insightful in these comments (2)

dastasha (976179) | about 8 months ago | (#45854409)

Just as I thought. Nothing "insightful" will show up under this story

Re: Nothing insightful in these comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854443)

Yeah but why want to go to the past? Go to the future and gets some secure opportunities. http://www.idroidspace.com

Unlikely they'd use our antiquated tech (2)

atticus9 (1801640) | about 8 months ago | (#45854431)

If I went back to the 1850's with today's technology I wouldn't send prescient telegraphs to my fellow time travelers, I'd use modern methods of communcations. It seems unlikely they'd turn to twitter or the internet if they are here.

Re: Unlikely they'd use our antiquated tech (1)

Captain Hook (923766) | about 8 months ago | (#45854633)

It wouldn't necessarily have to be the time traveller posting the message. It could be someone they interact with from our time learning something (probably very mundane and not realising the significance) and making a post which references the new knowledge in some way.

Search for evidence of the Tooth Fairy (1)

Required Snark (1702878) | about 8 months ago | (#45854451)

An equally useful and scientifically valid effort.

Language (2)

pigreco314 (194375) | about 8 months ago | (#45854455)

The research assumes that time travellers would speak and only speak and tweet and post and blog... in the english language, doesn't it?
èYè'--åç(TM)½å..."

Time travel is impossible (1, Interesting)

little1973 (467075) | about 8 months ago | (#45854461)

because time is imaginary. It does not exist.

Why physicists insist using Einstein's equations as a 'proof' of time travel is beyond me. It is the same as if one used Newton's equations for speeds faster than 0.6 c.

In both cases the results are bogus as these equations were obviously not designed to handle these extreme cases.

Do not forget that these equations try to describe reality and they do this with very great precision, but it does not mean reality itself 'runs' these equations.

Re:Time travel is impossible (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854579)

If time does not exist, what is speed? Time exists, it's just not a dimension, it's a force.

Time is not imaginary (1)

Viol8 (599362) | about 8 months ago | (#45854593)

The constant increase of entropy in the universe is real. Now you can call the process that allows that time or you could call it Kevin, it really doesn't matter. But it DOES exist and entropy DOES increase at different rates depending on relative speed and gravity and pretending it doesn't is simply being the physics equivalent of an Ostrich.

Re:Time travel is impossible (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 8 months ago | (#45854605)

Time travel is because time is imaginary. It does not exist.

Explain how you were able to post this message then. You are not allowed to use any time to do so.

Re:Time travel is impossible (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854639)

Fine, explain how the species is going to colonize the universe. You are not allowed to invoke sci-fi and fantasies, only what you see, pal.

Re:Time travel is impossible (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854647)

pretty sure what he is on about is a concept gaining popularity that time is not a dimension nor any direct relation to space that can be travelled through but simply an emergent property of change in the universe. If at some point the universe ceases to change then there will be no such thing as time.

Procrastination (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854473)

I have no time to read these comments.
I'll do it yesterday.

Re:Procrastination (2)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about 8 months ago | (#45854503)

I have no time to read these comments.
I'll do it yesterday.

Make that a first post while you're at it.

John Titor... (5, Funny)

Mendy (468439) | about 8 months ago | (#45854487)

...would have been found but there isn't a Twitter client for an IBM 5100.

time travel is so last millenium (3, Interesting)

bzipitidoo (647217) | about 8 months ago | (#45854499)

Time travel is such a plot destroyer, such a deus ex machina, it ought to be dropped from SF altogether, much the way psychic phenomena have. It is so overused and tame. The traveler goes back in time, and fixes the mistake without otherwise altering the future at all, then skips right back home to the future to find everything worked out exactly as desired. If they have a difficult time of it, they might have to make several trips back in time to fix the problems, but they of course succeed.

Time travel is also, so far as we know, impossible. Star Trek can lean on the crutches of FTL and time travel, to speed the plots along, but it's not necessary. We can conceive of interstellar civilizations without such fantasy. It is quite possible to build a space ship that can carry us to a nearby star system over a period of thousands of years, and terraform a world for our use. We lack the technology to do it right now, but maybe, in a few more centuries, we can. Time travel does not look like it will ever be possible, and ought to be relegated to fantasy.

If you know what to look for.. (1)

msmonroe (2511262) | about 8 months ago | (#45854555)

This is silly, doesn't it stand to reason that if you know what to look for then the time travelers will make sure not to reveal those things? Doesn't it make more sense to look for things that we don't know what we should be looking for?

Kill samzenpus! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45854631)

Who the fuck is this moron who can't spell STEPHEN HAWKING correctly? What the fuck is he doing on slashdot?

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