If you could time travel, would you do it? Also, where and when would you go? What mechanism would you use (time machine, portals, wormholes, magic)? What would be your ideal scenario for traveling through time? What would you do?
I would go 1000 years in the future and browse and try and find my way.
And then another 1000
And then another
And I would keep going until I died.
Watching the world evolve and change over a thousand year time scale would be so absolutely fascinating it would be worth my tiny amount of time here.
For most parts i think i my past is what makes me who i am today. So i wouldn’t go back in time but yes i would certainly go to the future and try to avoid any misfortunes. I could know if a deal is going to be a success or failure and act accordingly.. It would be amazing. And who knows i might be the next big gambler ;-)
@JCDB, Well heres my problem. Travel forward or back any amount of time right? I feel like you would have to get EXTREMELY lucky to have the Earth be in the same spot from which you started. Otherwise you’d end up outside the planet. This is all a realization after reading your question, which I didn’t even answer.
Hell yes! Who wouldn’t?
I’d go every where backwards forwards sideways. I’d go see all historical events, check out jesus and other stuff. Then I would go 1000 years into the future to see the important stuff between then and now and go check all of that out then just keep repeating this process til I’d seen everything.
one thing that i think is very interesting about traveling into the future is that lets say you assume that time travel is some what well known by the time you are able to make your trip. would the people of the future have some way of detecting whether or not you traveled to the future also if you traveled to the past you would have to be untimely undetectable. no one could know you are from the future or you might change the events which lead to your being able to time travel and erase yourself it would be an instantaneous event like you accidentally didn’t hit the cloaking button or something you would be gone before you could comprehend that you are gone. time travel is one of the most fascinating things in the world i think that its actually possible and not possible in the future some time its possible right now. if you study some of the most advanced physicists working in quantum theory quantum information theory. why was the higgs boson sooo hard to detect.many physicists believe its a non temporal particle. aka un-effected by time. so as part of every atom there is a nontemporal component that has the possibility of making of a larger part of your anatomy or atomic structure. so like a phase change or beam me up scotty type of event. you could shift the higgs aspect of an atom to accounting for a larger portion of the measured quantity such as mass or speed or position or some such thing like that. the quantity that you wanted to exploit would dictate things like the direction in time that you might be able to travel or other things. we need to some how account for the fact that the planet is actually moving at roughly 3000 miles per hour around the sun and roughly a million + miles per hour around the milky way galaxy. i see it mostly working as like a cloud water moisture inside a building that you would step into and when you step out you are not in the same place. :)
@JCDB, yes definitely. I think I would treat it like surfing the Internet….surfing the timeways. I’d go to all sorts of places, a lot in the 20th century interests me. I’d visit the early years, see the first airplanes, adventure in places like Egypt or Australia, then I’d stop in every decade after ww2, the late 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, back to the 90s again. I’d especially like to immerse myself in the times and explore without having to be tied to some stupid job. I could immerse myself in the books, music, film, and in just investigating. Then I’d go to the ’00s and talk some sense into my young self. And from there……the future.
Could I change my age as well? I’d like to try childhood and play make-believe again.
@cptzizu, I 100 percent believe that time travel into the future is possible. Because of time dilation, some would argue that we time travel all the time. But traveling into the past is doubtful. Which sucks because that’s what interests me most. I even have dreams of time traveling. It consumes the part of my brain that loves sci-fi.
As for the future traveler, I think it depends on who holds the time machine. There can even be those among us who have already traveled to the future and exploited its benefits to become wealthy and powerful. hmmm…
@theskafish, good question. I think that would depend on the version of time travel you use. In one version of time travel, you would not be able to go back and speak to yourself because you would be moving back along with time. So, you would be your younger self. Kinda like the time travel in the first Superman movie, where Supe goes around the Earth so fast he reverses time lol.
One thing I never see time travelers acknowledge is the precision you would need to actually get to where you want to go. They usually just turn a dial or punch in a date to choose a time and off they go. But for it to be useful at all you’d have to have the power to teleport through space as well, because nothing is in the same place it was 1 second ago. On Earth’s surface, things appear relatively stable, but we’re actually spinning on an axis, revolving around a sun, which is whirling through the galaxy, twirling through space with other galaxies all at incredible speeds. I don’t think there is any technology sophisticated enough yet to pinpoint our exact location, direction and momentum in the space-time continuum. And on a grand scale, time is relative; the dating system we use to measure is an illusion and would be totally wrong in different areas of the universe. So even if you could travel through time, I reckon you would end up in a totally different point in space from which you left.
@versai, I may be confused, but isn’t the relativity of time a guarantee that you would end up in the same place. because if you’re traveling through time on earth, wouldnt you be traveling through the time that is relative to earth? Just a thought, but i never thought of it until you and @spaceghost mentioned it.
@versai, definitely time travel would have to be done using a space craft of some sort then which would travel in Space/Time. i think that there is a good possibility that most alien sightings are actually time traveling craft. every thing has a will to survive. what would the ultimate tool for life to with out a doubt survive any type of event meteor nuclear holocost ….etc. time/space travel im pretty confident confident that we have or will develop this technology. it would be sooo cool to time travel. cant wait :)
I recently heard in the movie Total Recal someone say that the past and the future are just constructs of the mind. And Ive heard on many occasions that all you have and will ever have is right now.
While thinking more about this I realized that the past and future really are just constructs of the mind. People think the past exist because they can remember what “has” happen. And people think the future exists because they can think of what “will” happen.
I started to think and apply this to time travel. If the past and future are just constructs of the mind, does time travel really exists?
What if I told you to imagine yourself sitting in a chair on the beach, watching the sunset. Then I told you to travel there? To me, that scenario is the same thing as traveling to the past or the future. The past and future aren’t places, but thoughts.
If you really were to time travel to the past or the future, I think you would be in a very wierd and abstract place. I almost want to say in a different dimension entirely. You would be traveling to thoughts you remember and thoughts you would be conceiving.
That is just my perspective on time travelling. I would love to hear a reply to this.
Absolutely. I’d LOVE to see and experience life as a Roman, Viking, ancient Greek, Egyptian, Mesopotamian… not to mention getting a chance to say goodbye to people and pets I never got to, and seeing people who will become important to me later in life.
I’d also make sure I could start a successful business (making video games), and win the lottery for the starting cash and for spoiling my best friend ;)
Then… to see the glory or ruin of the distant future. I wonder if it would drive me crazy. I’m not sure I would yet.
@monkeyzazu, this is interesting stuff. So if the past and future are constructs of the mind, we don’t really need any technology to time travel – we’re time traveling every time we recall a memory or think about future possibilities. Our brain is a time machine, a natural one, let alone all the different substances and mental states that can be catalysts for this time travel (psychedelic-induced flashbacks, dreaming about a future event).
I believe astrophysics would have some qualms with our little idea here, though, as when you look at time as a process of thermodynamics and light travel there is certainly a past and future based on a deterministic universe.
Excuse my highness right now, but I think another like sub-question off this would be like what would you be willing to give up to time travel? What if it took x number of years off your life? What if you could never go back to a specific (or the current) date? What if you could only travel for x minute increments? I think the questions of time travel are fascinating!
@eyesopen, We do time travel a little when we remember or think about the future in a sense I guess. I never took into account anything other than my own logic and reasoning when I was thinking about this. I have heard that Einstein’s theory of special relativity describes how someone could travel into the future if they reached speeds close to that of the speed of light.
I would, I mean who wouldn’t!?! Time travel is something people dream of.
Scientifically, time travel is possible, however it is very difficult to achieve. Time is affected by both speed, and gravity. The the faster you move, the faster time moves. The less gravity there is, the faster time mover. Obviously, if you run instead of walk, you aren’t going to zip through time. However time would have mover nano seconds faster.
A larger example would be if you teleported a space ship out into deep space. Lets say the year was 2013. So your out in deep space,(were there is no gravity), and you fly around going at the speed of light for exactly 1 year. After that year is up, you instantly teleport back to earth. You would arrive back at earth in the year 3013, a thousand years later. However to the person in the space ship, it would only feel like a year, and they would have only aged a year.
Scientists have tested theory’s of going BACK in time as well, however they have so far deemed it impossible, because everything they have thought of would rip a hole in time and space, were it to happen.