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Want to live in the distant future? How about for $10??

FortKnox (169099) writes | more than 12 years ago

Science 9

I've read this in Memepool. A company is taking your $10 investment, and storing it into a fund in your name. It componds interest for hundreds of years until (if) time travel becomes possible. Then your compounded $10 is used to buy a 1-way ticket into the future. A time traveller will stop by and pick you up and bring you into the future. I think these people may be serious?I've read this in Memepool. A company is taking your $10 investment, and storing it into a fund in your name. It componds interest for hundreds of years until (if) time travel becomes possible. Then your compounded $10 is used to buy a 1-way ticket into the future. A time traveller will stop by and pick you up and bring you into the future. I think these people may be serious?

I submitted this, we'll see how it pans out.

Addendum: Rejected. C'est la vie.

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Time travel into the past is not possible (2)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 12 years ago | (#3895514)

Why? Okay, that was too strong. It might be possible ONCE. But not more than once. Once might do really strange things. But not more than once. Why? Because if it were, we'd be inundated with visitors from the future. There is no technology that hasn't leaked out. If this would really work, you would pay $10, then immediately hop into the transport to go to the future.

Time travel is a nice idea. But, even without a PhD in physics, it's clear that it won't work.

Still, this scam does point out the joy of compound interest.

Re:Time travel into the past is not possible (2)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 12 years ago | (#3895609)

I agree. I think relativity can prove that travelling to the FUTURE is possible, but not the past.

Of course (2)

JMZero (449047) | more than 12 years ago | (#3895668)

It's clear that the future exists and the past doesn't. The future is already determined, the past could be anything.

I can prove it. (3, Funny)

TechnoLust (528463) | more than 12 years ago | (#3900871)

I'm travelling into the future 1 second at a time. :-)

Re:Time travel into the past is not possible (2)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 12 years ago | (#3895709)

Here is a scenario for you:

Time travel is possible, using some sort of large energy hungry devices. You must have a device to send something into another time and another device to RECEIVE it. Once the device is invented time travel becomes possible from that point on. But you could never go further back in time than the invention of the original device because there would be nothing to receive you and there would be no way to send a device back.

Re:Time travel into the past is not possible (2)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 12 years ago | (#3895962)

Oh, great. Thanks for screwing up an idea I've had for years. Thanks a lot. :)

Re:Time travel into the past is not possible (2)

AnalogBoy (51094) | more than 12 years ago | (#3898878)

Just for shits & giggles, can we make it a large donut with 39 egyptian heiroglyphs in an inner moving ring?

I know it's not the same thing as a stargate.. timegate, okay. But still, if we create something like that, it's GOT to look cool. Not like datacenter-in-the-dark cool, but REALLY cool.

Maybe we are getting visitors from the future.... (2)

pgpckt (312866) | more than 12 years ago | (#3895648)


It is a large assumption that we are not being visited by people from the future (seriously!). In any town of any real size, a strange visitor wouldn't even be noticed. There are shops avaliable TODAY where you can get reproduction clothing/artifacts for previous historical periods. So maybe the visitors simple use these shops to fit in. Either the use technology during the trip we can't detect, or perhaps the technology is camaflouged to look like current tech (example: the PDA that strange guy is carring is really a 1.7 terahetz know-all PC with the ability to communicate non-audioally, to warn the travler and such). And perhaps every once in a while someone comes back and says "I am from the future!" In which case we submit them for mental care. Perhaps with time travel they know who will try to interupt the time line, and weed those people out from a visit into the past.

It should be possible for visitors from the future to visit the past without anyone noticing. Use your imagination, for crying out loud.

In the unlikely event that anyone from the future reads this, please come get me. The year is 2002. I am a student at Clemson University, located near Greenville, SC. The school year starts in late August. It shouldn't be too hard to track me down! I promise not to muck up the future!

Re:Maybe we are getting visitors from the future.. (2)

TechnoLust (528463) | more than 12 years ago | (#3900898)

And perhaps every once in a while someone comes back and says "I am from the future!" In which case we submit them for mental care

Or maybe all those "alien" sightings are really time travelers. Abductions and anal probes a future college prank? I don't know.

I do know one thing: Time travel will NOT be available (at least publicly) in my lifetime. How do I know this? If it was, I would come back and tell myself.

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