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Time traveler? Be warned!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by lancis, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. lancis

    lancis Elite Member

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    Was searching thru arxiv.org and found an interesting research:

    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...

    Source: http://arxiv.org/abs/1312.7128

    They claim they didnt find any time travelers, but I'm sure they did and are hiding something... I have personally seen some here, on BHW.
     
  2. dionysus

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    A time traveler from the future would know "when" he arrived and could easily verify that by looking at any calendar or computer for the current date. As for searches and what not on the internet, the only thing they would be looking for that makes sense would be a specific place or person. Looking for anything else seems like an awful waste of "time".

    Their testing is probably flawed due the fact a traveler would not leave any identifying traces we would be able discover.

    Not to mention paradoxes and all the other time buggery... The potential for inadvertently screwing things up is pretty darn big.
     
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    LOL ...

    I know the feeling. And I have a degree in Nuclear Physics.

    Messing with time can get real "messy" real quick.
     
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    Yep I'm a time traveler you caught me :(
     
  6. lancis

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    I agree, it was a long shot on their behalf. Intended for a time traveler who doesnt know the exact dates of historical events. I would expect such a traveler to come prepared. But still, its nice they actually attempted where others only theorized.
     
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    Yep, this is where I would expect to find you. Twitter and Facebook are long dead at your time, the only familiar plaqce on the Internet is BHW. :)
     
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