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Count Alex's Losses
05-05-2005, 06:31 AM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1476556,00.html

Time travellers invited back from the future

David Adam, science correspondent

Thursday May 5, 2005
One of the strongest arguments against time travel is that we are not overrun with curious tourists from the future. A university student in Boston plans to change that, by inviting budding Doctor Whos to the world's first time traveller convention this weekend. The organiser, Amal Dorai - a masters student in electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - aims to test the theory of time travel by inviting people from the future to the event.

"We are doing this as a very low-risk, low-cost way to investigate the possibility of time travel," he said. "I think the probability they will come is very low, but if it does happen it will one of the biggest events in human history.

"Of course, no time travellers doesn't rule out the possibility of time travel, they could have just decided not to come to our convention."

Physicists believe some kind of time travel is theoretically possible, but it will take hundreds or even thousands of years to work out the technical details.

Concerned that people will have forgotten his convention by then, Mr Dorai is urging volunteers to publicise the event to future generations by carving the details into clay tablets and burying notices in time capsules. He has slipped invitations on long-lasting paper inside dozens of obscure books in the MIT and Harvard University libraries.

"If we put them inside books that are only touched every 50 years or so then they'll stay there and people in the future might learn of the convention. The big danger is that it's forgotten. Once that happens then it doesn't matter if someone invents time travel, we won't be able to see it."

The invitations ask visitors to turn up on the MIT campus at 8pm on Saturday and include precise latitude and longitude coordinates. "Time travel is a hard problem and may not be invented until long after MIT has faded into oblivion," they note.

Visitors from the future are advised to bring proof of advanced technology, such as a cure for cancer or a working nuclear fusion reactor. Sonic screwdrivers are optional.

"Because of the small chance of time travel I think people will be sceptical," Mr Dorai admits. "But I hope time travellers won't take that as an insult. If what they bring as proof doesn't satisfy us then they could always go back into their future and grab something else."

Professor Neil Johnson, a physicist at the University of Oxford, said Mr Dorai may not be wasting his time. The weird world of quantum mechanics suggests time travel could one day be possible through tiny holes, loops and channels in the fabric of spacetime.

"We're talking a long, long time in the future to be able to do this but it's not impossible," Prof Johnson said. "It would be very hard to send through something that weighed anything, like machines and people, but you could conceivably send messages through light and radiowaves. The chances of somebody from the future turning up on Saturday night are pretty remote, but they could get a phone call."

trndobrd
05-05-2005, 06:44 AM
Being from the future, the time travelers will already know this is nothing more than a scheme to sell time share condos.

KCChiefsMan
05-05-2005, 07:51 AM
dude I'm there.....I'm from the future and I'll bring my biff sports almanac

Rain Man
05-05-2005, 09:38 AM
Are they going to cover the cost of my airfare and hotel?

chagrin
05-05-2005, 09:42 AM
Maybe that girl you hired will be there, now as the CEO of her company - which acquired yours 2 years after she left.

seclark
05-05-2005, 09:46 AM
count me out...i get carsick.
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Phobia
05-05-2005, 09:47 AM
If someone shows up, will somebody please ask if Chiefs fans are wasting their time? I really need an injection of hope.

Rain Man
05-05-2005, 09:49 AM
Maybe that girl you hired will be there, now as the CEO of her company - which acquired yours 2 years after she left.


Unfortunately, she's going to find out next week that the other company had continued interviewing candidates, found a better one, and rescinded her offer. Suddenly going from two jobs to none, she will spiral into debt. Chasing her waning job prospects, she will move to Orlando for another opportunity, only to find out that they too rescinded her offer. With no other options, she will go to the streets...

munkey
05-05-2005, 09:52 AM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1476556,00.html

"I think the probability they will come is very low, but if it does happen it will one of the biggest events in human history.



ROFL

:bong:

:stupid:

beavis
05-05-2005, 09:56 AM
$10 for anyone who shows up dressed as Mork.

Rain Man
05-05-2005, 10:09 AM
If someone did show up from the future, I'd stay at their hotel. No chance of a fire.

chagrin
05-05-2005, 10:19 AM
Unfortunately, she's going to find out next week that the other company had continued interviewing candidates, found a better one, and rescinded her offer. Suddenly going from two jobs to none, she will spiral into debt. Chasing her waning job prospects, she will move to Orlando for another opportunity, only to find out that they too rescinded her offer. With no other options, she will go to the streets...


LMAO :clap:

Count Alex's Losses
05-05-2005, 04:11 PM
El bumperoowski.

tomahawk kid
05-05-2005, 04:13 PM
Maybe one of those bastards could tell us when the Chiefs are going to win another SuperBowl......

:(

Hydrae
05-05-2005, 04:16 PM
Unfortunately, she's going to find out next week that the other company had continued interviewing candidates, found a better one, and rescinded her offer. Suddenly going from two jobs to none, she will spiral into debt. Chasing her waning job prospects, she will move to Orlando for another opportunity, only to find out that they too rescinded her offer. With no other options, she will go to the streets...

She'll end up on Mainstreet U.S.A dressed as Minnie Mouse.

Calcountry
05-05-2005, 04:25 PM
If someone shows up, will somebody please ask if Chiefs fans are wasting their time? I really need an injection of hope.They could just tell us in which year, and if, we ever win another SB so we can focus on that year.

tk13
05-05-2005, 04:28 PM
I'll put on a yellow radiation suit and wear a blow dryer in my belt and head on over.

Count Alex's Losses
05-05-2005, 04:32 PM
I'll put on a yellow radiation suit and wear a blow dryer in my belt and head on over.

Great gag.

Uncle_Ted
05-05-2005, 04:41 PM
So if no time travelers show up, maybe it means the human race will nuke itself into oblivion before time travel can be perfected?

Count Alex's Losses
05-05-2005, 04:43 PM
So if no time travelers show up, maybe it means the human race will nuke itself into oblivion before time travel can be perfected?

Maybe they're just shy. Also there's that whole deal about not screwing up the space-time continuum.

SoCalBronco
05-05-2005, 04:46 PM
Slingshot around the Sun!

ENDelt260
05-05-2005, 04:48 PM
Time travel's easy.... I haven't mastered going backwards yet... but, I can jump hours into the future with nothing more than a fifth of whiskey.

Count Alex's Losses
05-05-2005, 04:49 PM
Time travel's easy.... I haven't mastered going backwards yet... but, I can jump hours into the future with nothing more than a fifth of whiskey.

My time machine is great. It travels into the future at the rate of 1 sec per sec.

Calcountry
05-05-2005, 04:58 PM
Time travel's easy.... I haven't mastered going backwards yet... but, I can jump hours into the future with nothing more than a fifth of whiskey....Then one day you woke up and you were 40 and looked like hell.