posted on Jun, 20 2008 @ 04:43 PM
The way "time travel" is likely to happen is as 'virtual time travel'.
Through research, deduction and use of supercomputers it may eventually be possible to have enough data that an almost completely realistic and
accurate virtual 'slice' of the past can be created.
Let's take the JFK thing as an example.
We take all the factoids known about Dallas in 1963 (and anything relevant in the past in Texas or Dallas or any other city involved, including
Chicago and Florida where other assassination attempts were made) and input them into a supercomputer. I'm talking -everything- from names of
everyone who ever lived in Dallas to every single bit of testimony, to everyone who ever knew or came near all of the principles, to super-accurate
plots of every square millimeter of Dealy Plaza and surroundings. We input the entire history of the United States from the time of Washington, to the
era when Joseph Kennedy was rising to power, to the machinations going on in Europe, the Mossad, Russia, Corsica; you name it, it's in there.
Then we have the computer give weights to all that information, such that it can give us the top two or three logical scenarios. We can even have the
computer be heuristic and have it 'learn' and be able to update itself if any information is learned during a walk-through.
Then we construct the event in a 3-D virtual world so people can do a walk-through.
It will be nearly the same as being there, plus you will be in a type of 'God-mode' where you can infinitely zoom in or out, or go up in the air or
under the ground.
Of course you won't be able to influence anything in your real current future (see below), but you can get a very robust experience.
You are able to experience 'the past', you can test hypotheses, you can even interact with the virtual inhabitants and ask them questions.
Now imagine the same scenario with any other past historical event you can imagine. It's really all about the density and accuracy of information and
having it all in one place at one time. The experience will be as satisfying, if not more than any instance of 'actual science-fiction' type time
travel and a lot safer.
The same thing is true about exploration of the Galaxy and eventually the Universe. We will not need to 'go there'.
The experience will be like having a completely up-to-date real time, accurate to the millimeter Google Earth on steroids.
It's all about the data and computing power. It will make any potential experience of 'real time travel' pale in comparison. Remember, it's likely
that any real 'sci-fi' time travel will involve an alternate dimension, and an alternate time line. Like that situation, in the virtual model, the
only limitation will be the lack of ability to influence the 'real' future.
In fact you could even go ahead and influence the events you were studying and have the virtual world fast forward and show you what your
'interference' would accomplish. You'll be able to prevent Oswald (or whomever you choose that you think the killers were) from being born, or
prevent him from going to work that day and see what the outcome might be.
[edit on 20-6-2008 by Badge01]