Time travel has been the subject of debate for quite some time. However, research partners Robert J. Nemiroff and Teresa Wilson decided to find out for themselves if anyone actually had traveled to our current time, and if they remained here.
The two researchers wrote in a republished paper on arXiv about their efforts to investigate the internet to find if there was any evidence for time travelers. “Time travel has captured the public imagination for much of the past century, but little has been done to actually search for time travelers.”
In order to utilize their theory, the two set out to Twitter, Facebook, Google, Google+ and Bing, to see the searches made regarding future events on the present-day internet. To explain this a little more clearly, they searched to see if anyone had mentioned Pope Francis or the comet ISON before they existed. They searched through the 2000’s to mid-2013, using the idea that both of these would be major events that time travelers might want to understand better.
Additionally, the researchers requested prospective time travelers to contact them, and then prove they had contacted them before the time they were made.
Unfortunately, their search was in vain, as they couldn’t find any similar searches.
However, this doesn’t mean that time travel is impossible. One need only look at Einstein’s theory of relativity which states that the time between to events could be slower for faster moving objects. And his theory proved right, in experiments conducted by measuring clocks on commercial planes.
What scientists are having trouble with, is travel into the past. While many scientists have studied the subject and created equations to try to understand the concept more, many have come up empty on their voyage. Mostly, this is due to the fact that such concepts include the existence of wormholes and cosmic strings, which have also yet to be proven.
But, don’t put your lab coats up yet, because according to Nemiroff, “One of the good things about this study is that it is reproducible,” Nemiroff said. “There are surely other search terms that could be thought up.” However, it could still prove to be a tricky endeavor to search for time travelers in the present. What if they didn’t want to be found? Or what if their use of time travel had also given them the ability to erase evidence of their travel? I mean, while we are thinking outside of the box, I believe there is room for more information.