Can You Prove It Didn’t Happen?

3 comments May 6th, 2005at 11:52am Posted by Eli

In today’s NYT: MIT students have organized a convention for time travelers.

Why not, say some students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who have organized what they call the first convention for time travelers.

Actually, they contend that theirs is the only time traveler convention the world needs, because people from the future can travel to it anytime they want.

(snip)

The event is potluck and alcohol-free – present-day humans are bringing things like brownies. But Mr. Dorai’s Web site asks that future-folk bring something to prove they are really ahead of our time: “Things like a cure for AIDS or cancer, a solution for global poverty or a cold fusion reactor would be particularly convincing as well as greatly appreciated.”

(snip)

A roped-off area, including part of an improvised volleyball court, will create a landing pad so materializing time-travel machines will not crash into trees or dormitories.

This definitely has a very Real Genius vibe to it. It’s a quixotic and admirable flight of fancy, and I urge you all to extend an invitation to your descendants.

If they play their cards right, they might even get a demo of the motorized couch and the “pizza button”.

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology,Weirdness

3 Comments

  • 1. V  |  May 6th, 2005 at 1:30 pm

    If the future people bring us technology we do not yet have, isn’t that a violation of the prime directive or something?

  • 2. Eli  |  May 6th, 2005 at 6:39 pm

    I think we should be more concerned with the potential consequences of introducing the future people to the Pizza Button, all records of which will have been carefully eradicated.

  • 3. oldwhitelady  |  May 7th, 2005 at 12:19 am

    Okaaay. Interesting idea.


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