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If I had a time machine, I would first visit...

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The past, within 100 years
  3839 votes / 12%
The future, within 100 years
  5906 votes / 19%
The past, within 10,000 years
  2664 votes / 8%
The future, within 10,000 years
  4371 votes / 14%
Dinosaurs (distant past)
  960 votes / 3%
Galactic Empire (distant future)
  4452 votes / 15%
I'd let it sit in my garage and not use it
  1285 votes / 4%
I'd hit the "I'm feeling lucky" button
  6178 votes / 20%
29655 total votes.
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If I had a time machine, I would first visit...

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  • by Roger W Moore (538166) on Saturday September 29, 2012 @02:17PM (#41500271) Journal

    But yes - and that's the reason travel to the future will never be possible.

    Actually travel to the future is technically possible (and not just at the usual one second per second rate). With a sufficiently fast spacecraft time dilation makes any future date achievable in an arbitrarily small amount of local time. There are just two problems. First you will need an unbelievably huge amount of energy to achieve relativistic speeds - far more than the mass-energy of your spacecraft - to go fast enough. Second it is a one way trip, so if you don't like what you find in the future there is no going back.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 29, 2012 @10:10PM (#41503237)

    It might suck. The spread of Islam on the Arabian peninsula stabilized regional geopolitics, allowing for a blossoming of the academies. Today we enjoy the fruits of the works of many amazing Islamic philosophers and mathematicians, and the Islamic empires linked Europe to Asia, something it hadn't enjoyed for millennia. Without the combined efforts of Indian, Persian, Arabian, and European mathematicians and scientists, the world we know today might be far bleaker.

    It might also be far nicer. It's tough to say. But I wouldn't presume that the rise of Islam was a net loss. I tend to think of it as a net gain.

  • by gman003 (1693318) on Sunday September 30, 2012 @12:10PM (#41506535)

    Actually, I *did* learn Latin. My middle school offered it as one of the foreign languages needed to get an advanced diploma, so I did my three years.

    We actually have a fairly solid grasp of how Classical Latin (as opposed to Medieval Latin or Modern Church Latin) was pronounced (and it helps that public schools teach Classical pronunciation). There are some ambiguities, some that we suspect changed over time, but it shouldn't be too hard to figure out - it's just an accent. You'll never pass for a native, but you can still speak the language fine.

    As an aside, Medieval Latin was basically pronounced using the rules of whatever your native language was, so a Frankish Latin speaker would pronounce it differently from a Saxon Latin speaker (and yet it was still usable as a lingua franca). It's actually much more complicated than that, but that's a rough simplification.

  • by rossdee (243626) on Sunday September 30, 2012 @10:31PM (#41510109)

    Some scientists insist that although you could theoretically build a time machine, you can only go back as far as the moment it is first turned on.

...there can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is the practice of truth. - George Jacob Holyoake


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