Originally posted by deltaalphanovember
What would I take (items have to be able to fit in a pocket):
1. ipod with solar rechargeable cells.
2. ball point pen
3. my solar powered casio watch
4. my contact lenses
What would you take?
I got to tell you, I first thought the Ipod things was genius, until I realized they had radios back in 1908. They would just assume you somehow
shrunk a regular radio. Going from how skeptics react on here, I would also say that they would think it was just a "coincidence" that you played a
different song, by choosing a different one.
Ball point pens were patented in 1888. They would laugh at you for thinking this was "futuristic", when it would be 20 years old.
The watch could be said to run by some secret winding mechanism. You'd have to take it apart to "prove" that it was run by solar power.
The laser pointer only SOUNDS like a good idea, because you know exactly what a laser is actually made up of. However, to anyone who has not seen
one, it wouldn't be that big of a deal, because all you have done is shine a red beam of light, which they could do with lanterns and red lenses (How
do you think the term "red light district" came about?
Contact Lenses were first described (the idea) in about 1507. The first pair were made in 1887. And you thought they were a new invention!
(To be honest, SO DID I!) So, another 20 year old invention that you would think was "new".
Think about how FAR you would have to bring technology back, to PROVE you were from the future for our time frame.
The only thing I could think of would be transporters (like in Star Trek), but guess what? They are doing that NOW! They have transported several
cesium atoms (if I remember correctly) 6 feet across a room.
Quantum computers? There's a company that claims to sell that exact thing.
I think a laptop computer, with several games, and a solar charger would prove it more than anything. But only because they have never even THOUGHT
of something like that.
Think about that for a minute. We've been exposed to such technological leaps, that things like "star drives (aka warp drives/ftl speeds) wouldn't
make us go "My God! What are you?", it would be more like "Whoah! Can you take me to Jupiter?"
I'm not talking about the actual inventions here, but the IDEA of the invention. It would have to be so alien, that there's no way we could
comprehend how it was done.
Bioengineering and/or cyborgs? Been there, done that. (scientifically speaking. Saw a blind guy drive a mustang around a parking lot once with a
prototype "visor" that allowed him to see.)
Clones? Been there, doing that.
Genetic Engineering? Been there, doing that.
Faster than light travel? According to a quote attributed to Werner Von Braun, been there, done that, too expensive at the moment.
(btw, those were all generic for the human race, not me specifically, just so no one is confused.
Let's say that you DID bring the next 10 days worth of newspapers. How are the people going to distinguish between you being a time traveler, and
you being a prophet? You'd fit both descriptions.
When you sit down, and REALLY think about it, proving you are a time traveler would be much, much more difficult than you think at first.
[edit on 16-9-2008 by sir_chancealot]