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Scientists seek time travelers on Twitter

By T.K. Randall
January 9, 2014 · Comment icon 69 comments

Have time travelers been posting online ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Junior Melo
Scientists have been using social media in an effort to look for time travelers from the future.
The research was based on the prediction that if humans ever did discover a way to travel back in time, they would leave subtle clues about future events on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

To test this idea, a team from Michigan Technological University picked search terms relating to recent news topics and searched the Internet to see if anyone had posted references to them before they had taken place.
Unfortunately despite the team's best efforts, the project entitled "Searching the Internet for Evidence of Time Travelers" ultimately came up empty.

"In our limited search we turned up nothing," said study lead author Robert Nemiroff. "I didn't really think we would. But I'm still not aware of anyone undertaking a search like this. The Internet is essentially a vast database, and I thought that if time travellers were here, their existence would have already come out in some other way, maybe by posting winning lottery numbers before they were selected."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (69)




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Comment icon #60 Posted by Mikko-kun 10 years ago
Humans are a factor that attempts to upset balance. CERN, nuke, all the ambitious projects... The whole topic is of course highly speculative, but if there ever was time travel, it'd be in my opinion much more likely that it'd be most heavily supervised and watched over. They wouldn't allow just anyone go back and make their family the new Rothchilds. Think about it: you could make however much money you wanted for your family if time travel worked seamlessly, and in future those involved with this kind of a project would realise that they dont need to play along with the money folk once they ... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by keninsc 10 years ago
In 1955 I predicted that the Soviet Union would collapse on itself. That does not make me a time-traveller. However I can predict that there will be NO time-travelling EVER. Why, because Time Travel would mess up EVERYTHING! And the Universe does not run in a mess but on Balance and order ! Granted, the potential is there to screw things up royally, but that doesn't mean it can't be done. Nuclear power is frought with danger yet we make use all the time.
Comment icon #62 Posted by ChrLzs 10 years ago
But isn't there a bit of a logistics problem? Once it is made possible, then as time goes on we would get better and better and use would become widespread and surely we should therefore be crawling with time travelers making little subtle changes to history... My theory, namely that travel *backwards* in time is not and never will be possible, explains current observations really well...
Comment icon #63 Posted by Hartmut 10 years ago
Granted, the potential is there to screw things up royally, but that doesn't mean it can't be done. Nuclear power is fraught with danger yet we make use all the time. That is of course very true, but then - the Universe is not run by (often) silly humans. My best assumption (because no one can know) is, that the Universe would repel any attempt in messing with time because time-travelling would simple contravene who knows how many Universe Laws, such a stupid time-traveling attempt would be conflicting with.
Comment icon #64 Posted by keninsc 10 years ago
Time travel could never become wide spread. Too many stupid humans think they could....."fix" things. Egos are huge and while they have good intentions, they lack the ability to foresee everything. However, that simple truth their egos would brush aside. While I don't believe the timeline is so fragile that the slightest change would create a paradox; a deranged person could cause severe problems. Hence, any time traveler that was selected would need to understand that they can only observe and possibly record historical events, not change them.
Comment icon #65 Posted by Border Collie 10 years ago
Going to swim against what appears to be a fairly generally accepted tide. I don't believe time travel in either direction is possible. Time, in my view, is not a traversible dimension. You are always in the present.
Comment icon #66 Posted by eaglesareskykittens 10 years ago
Just saying: Dr. Who
Comment icon #67 Posted by AZDZ 10 years ago
UFOs could be fying timeships from the future. Say you live in a future where the ability to travel back in time exists, perhaps you can even book a seat on one. A time travel cruise ship, if you will. Your Captain has already cleared a day/date/time/ destination by consulting the HISTORY books and discovering that on the day your going to visit no one shot down a UFO or even spotted one for that matter. Though being spotted is okay so long as your true nature was never uncovered and recorded in the history books. Spotted timeships just become another of the thousands of spotted but never defi... [More]
Comment icon #68 Posted by perceptivedoor 10 years ago
ISON is a time traveller too.
Comment icon #69 Posted by theotherguy 10 years ago
Has anybody here not yet mastered traveling forward in time at the rate of 86.4 kiloseconds per day? If so, you could be famous!


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