Saturday, January 11, 2014

ZenTiger Time Travel - I did it tomorrow and I'm telling you now

Robert Nemiroff and his graduate student Teresa Wilson of the Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, conducted a search for evidence of time travelers using the Internet. They claim it is the first approach of this nature and one of the most comprehensive experimental searches of its kind to date.

They recently submitted their work to the scientific paper repository arXiv and presented a poster discussing their work Tuesday at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society near Washington D.C.

Using Twitter and Google Trends, the two researchers looked for any anachronistic mention or search query for Comet ISON before it was first discovered along its suicidal mission toward the Sun on September 21, 2012 and for Pope Francis before his election on March 13, 2013. They also looked for mentions of Comet ISON on Nemiroff's Astronomy Picture of the Day website. Their search for posts and queries reached as far back as January 2006.

The authors argue that if detected, the terms would suggest that a time traveler from the future had traveled to a time before either of these events, and deliberately or accidentally posted or searched for the information. Both terms were unique enough to prevent confusion with similar references and important enough to, in theory, persist into future pop culture.

Link to the version of the article from 19 hours ago: Here


Anyone notice the obvious flaw(s) in the study above?

How about this: Having published the study, with the findings, proving time travel, why wouldn't the time traveler go back in time, using the results of the study to correct each mistake, and then when the study was done, they would find nothing? Or maybe, there are time cops (police historians) that keep the records straight.

There are other issues with the above article. Why don't you list them for me, so I can fix them and then remove your comments, by winding this back to today. Thanks.

2 comment(s):

ZenTiger said...

Unless you pretend its a science fiction story..and call it "Meddlers in Time" or something like that :)

Garrison Arthur Ewing said...

They wouldn't use our mediums like Facebook and Twitter. They would have their own means of communication therefore leaving no evidence behind

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