Searching the Internet for evidence of time travelers

Robert J. Nemiroff, Teresa Wilson:

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. 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.

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3 Responses:

  1. this study is pretty interesting, but they're making an awful lot of odd presumptions about time travelers- for one, they're presuming that a time traveller would be interested in searches about relatively academic topics- it seems to me that searching for the names of popular movies before they were announced would make more sense than looking for searches about a recently discovered comet. what's more, the study presumes a single timeline theory, and specifically that the presence or a time traveller wouldn't immediately invalidate any foreknowledge that individual might have had.

    i'm going to go ahead and presume that this entire thing was actually a failed attempt to find sarah connor.

  2. Oh excellent! I made a flickr pool for time travel photos some time ago, but no one has contributed any real ones yet. I keep diligently moderating out the fake ones though. So many scammers on the internet.

  3. Phil says:

    Did you find this one on lolmythesis?