Skip to comments.Search of the Internet for evidence of time travelers comes up empty
Posted on 01/09/2014 5:20:12 AM PST by JoeProBono
You can find people bragging about almost anything on the Internet these days, but apparently traveling through time isnt one of them.
Researchers combed through social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google, Google+ and Bing to see if anyone had mentioned people or events that occurred from the early 2000s to mid-2013 before they happened. Using terms like Pope Francis or comet ISON, the team investigated for evidence of time travelers speaking about major future events on the then present-day Internet.
The author of the study, Michigan Technological University physicist Robert Nemiroff, said the results dont prove that time travelers arent real, they just show that no one is bragging about future events on the web.
According to the studys abstract: 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.
Nemiroff came up with the idea for the study while playing poker with his students.
The abstract continues:
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.
The study is going to be submitted to several journals.
Well, Duh! The Doctor gave Nicky a disk to remove all evidence of his presence! Of course there is no evidence. ;-)
I wrote this post last week.
Just talk to John Titor.
This absolutely proves beyond any doubt that time travelers exist. Clearly when the time travelers saw the evidence that this study uncovered they went back in time and removed every trace of it.
The Time Travelers Club meeting has been postponed. It has been rescheduled for last Thursday.
Barky Obumbo is a time traveler...He came from Mombasa to Hawaii and then to the WhiteHut.
That being said, I do remember the concept from back in the 50s?60s? that said that time was just a place. It was on a TV program at the time. Dose anyone remember it?
“This absolutely proves beyond any doubt that time travelers exist. Clearly when the time travelers saw the evidence that this study uncovered they went back in time and removed every trace of it.”
No, these are the time travelers. Trying to convince us they do not exist.
If time travel into the past is possible, I think it must be a “read only” experience. Rather than have a set of administrative “read-write” privileges to add, change and delete, time travelers can only observe, record and later refer to events as they occur in their respective real elapsed times. That’s my humble amateur opinion.
lol I came here from, um, 3451 in your numbering. My history class glossed over so much about Late Iron Age history, that I really could not tell you what might happen tomorrow or next week. I’m here on a business trip to purchase certain rare books that will be destroyed.
I could not tell you if it was Johnny Carson or Leonid Troutsky who is in charge. I do know that I am comfortably here before both The Impact and The Solar Flare and will be gone before then.
Science Fiction Theatre:
Time Is Just a Place (15 Apr. 1955)
I just finished writing this article next week.
Thanks Joe...I will check it out tomorrow.
The same thing happened when I was a kid in 2058.
This is proof positive that some folks have too much time on their hands.
well I guess that settles it...
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