1. Time Travel Convention - On May 7, 2005, Amal Dorai and other students at MIT threw a time travelers convention. The convention was to be the first and only one thrown, simply because the organizers argue any future time travelers can go back to the same party an infinite number of times. The invitation encouraged posting the coordinates on social media, and also on pieces of paper to put in time capsules and obscure books in the library. They roped off a section of the volleyball court to serve as the landing pad. About 450 people showed up, but none of them claimed to be time travelers or brought any future technology like cures for cancer or cold fusion. Although one guy did bring a DeLorean.
|Arriving in style in a DeLorean|
Why Didn't It Work? Giant Freaking Robot gave a pretty good overview of why the party may have failed besides "time travelers don't exist." They include anything from the invitations not lasting long enough to reach future time travelers to time travelers deciding not to show up. Maybe Hawkings' party wasn't cool enough.
3. Social Media - In the movies, one of the main ways time travelers are caught is when they accidentally mention something from the future. That may have been the thinking of Robert Nemiroff and Teresa Wilson. While working in the physics department of Michigan Technological University, they decided to see if time travelers slipped up the same way on the Internet. They searched Facebook, Twitter, and Google for any mention of things before they happened like "Comet ISON" before it was discovered in September 2012 or "Pope Francis" before his coronation in March 2013. They couldn't find any.
|Internet-tested, time traveler-approved|
@MMcfly: hey, u going to coronation of Pope Francis?
@DrWho: that won't happen for another 5 yrs
@MMcfly: OMG my bad lol
Of course, there's also the possibility that all these tricks did work, but not in our timeline. In an alternate timeline, thousands of time travelers walked into Hawkings' party, the convention was mobbed with flying cars, and Twitter exploded with #fromthefuture messages from time travelers. We just live in a sucky alternate reality.
What do you think of these experiments? How would you find time travelers?
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