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Posted on 05/06/2005 4:41:44 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
Student Organizes Time Traveler Conference
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,
Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 36 minutes ago
BOSTON - Attention, time travelers: Amal Dorai hopes you enjoyed the party he's throwing this weekend. Dorai, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is hosting a Time Traveler Convention on campus this Saturday. Make plans now, because it's the last such party.
"You only need one," he said. "The chance that anybody shows up is small, but if it happens it will be one of the biggest events in human history."
There's no dress code. No need to R.S.V.P. Refreshments (chips and dip) will be provided.
Dorai only asks his guests to show proof they come from the future: Bringing the cure for cancer, a solution for global poverty or a cold fusion reactor would suffice.
In case MIT is long gone by the time a time machine is invented, Dorai's invitation includes geographic coordinates for the East Campus Courtyard (42:21:36.025 degrees north, 71:05:16.332 degrees west).
To spread the word, Dorai asked friends to scribble invitations on pieces of acid-free paper and slip them into obscure library books. He is also giving media interviews and posting his thoughts on a Web site.
"The World Wide Web is unlikely to remain in its present form permanently," he wrote. "We need volunteers to publish the details of the convention in enduring forms, so that the time travelers of future millennia will be aware of the convention."
The convention starts at 8 p.m. For dramatic effect, time travelers are encouraged to show up at 10 p.m. sharp. In between, revelers will take in a lecture on time travel by an MIT physics professor and listen to student bands belting out time-themed songs.
MIT physics professor Alan Guth is weighing an invitation to speak at the convention. Guth's work involves applying theoretical particle physics to the early universe, but he said he has dabbled in writing about time travel theories.
"Most of us would bet it's impossible, but none of us can prove it's impossible either," he said.
Dorai doesn't consider himself a believer or a skeptic.
"I'm an experimentalist," he said. "If there's only going to be one, it should be here at MIT."
Apart from the near-certainty that time travel is impossible, Dorai sees another potential problem. "If thousands of time travelers come, then the MIT police might try to shut the party down," he said.
Don't forget the crystals.
They need to spend the rest of their lives spreading the word and making time capsules for the event tomorrow to have any chance of success.
Sadly, you can't go. It's booked. The only way in is to get a time machine and go back and preregister. On the bright side, you have your whole life to get a time machine, just make sure you mark down the date.
Pocket protectors optional? :-)
In a strange sort of way, his idea makes sense.
They're playing your song!
I traveled forward in time to the conference. It really was better than I thought it would be.
I was (or will be) sent back to present time from the future time because I have a disease that there is no treatment for in the future. Somebody thought that me being here would help me. They were right.
I already went to this weekends party last weekend. It was boring - skip it.
Skip it, The party sucked. Typical MIT, there were no good looking chicks.
Some science geek who discovers time travel might show up at a party like this. But another type of person might come back to our time with secrets about the world of finance, make himself rich, and live like a king. Has anyone checked George Soros's birth certificate?
I am traveling through time right now. At the unimpressive rate of one second per second.
Well Dorai, I wouldn't lose a lot of sleep worrying about it, ya know?
I went. It was kinda boring. You won't miss anything.
Time travelers to meet in not too distant future
TIME TRAVELERS CONVENTION
Next time, you might want to go back in time so you can post your version first.
I am going to go to this convention five years ago.
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