"Perhaps I should let you all in on a little secret. No one likes you in the future. This time period is looked at as being full of lazy, self-centered, civically ignorant sheep. Perhaps you should be less concerned about me and more concerned about that.
Imagine you are Jewish and you are able to travel back in time to Germany in 1935. All around you are the patterns of thinking and action that will lead to a great deal of harm, death and destruction in just a few years. You have the advantage of knowing what will come but no one will listen to you. In fact, they think you're insane and the situations you describe could never happen.
What I feel is not anger, it is sadness that you cannot see what I see."
It's been years since I've thought about John Titor, but the recent calls for boycotting the opening ceremony of the Olympics - and other factors - have compelled me to reexamine John's supposed journey into the past.
About 5 years ago I was surfing the internet, typing in random words in the Google search bar in the hopes that I would find something interesting to alleviate the acute form of boredom I had acquired waiting for my mother to finish preparing the ghormeh sabzee I had humbly requested.
Indeed, my online endeavor produced some fascinating results. Apparently, there was an enormous internet intrigue with a man by the name of John Titor. John was a man who claimed to have traveled from the year 2036 to the year 2001 in search of a particular cpu (IBM 5100) that is needed in 2036. Sounds preposterous, right? I thought it was, but my boredom compelled me to keep reading.
John was/is/will be a U.S. soldier on a secret military mission, but he kindly indulged the curiosity of those yearning to find out more. He posted operation manuals to his time-machine online (time-travel technology, according to John, was only possessed by the military at the time) and held an online dialogue where he answered every question asked of him.
At the time I figured it was a joke, but nonetheless, exponentially fascinating for a bored 18-year old. But now that seven years have passed since 2001, we can put some of John's predictions to the test. John claimed that the 2004 Olympics would be the last one held and that the 2008 Olympics would not occur due to increasing global civil and political strife - sound familiar? We can only wait and see if he was actually right about the Olympics, but there are other things we don't have to wait for. Seven years ago, John said that scientists would figure out how to create miniature black-holes and bend light by 2008 - a major step toward manipulating time and space to achieve time-travel.
The crazy thing is: They have! For those of you who think teleportation, i.e. time-travel, is a metaphysical impossibility - think again. Although humans aren't the ones being teleported (give it some time), scientists have successfully teleported photons. The teleportation is conducted through a subatomic wormhole (ever heard of quantum foam?) which may be a potential function of stellar black holes. They just haven't figured out how to make the subatomic wormhole (i.e., mini black hole) larger and keep it open long enough for more matter to pass through. There are also high hopes (and grim ones) for particle colliders being built around the world, like CERN.
Then there is the issue of invisibility. It was long thought that achieving total invisibility was a metaphysical impossibility - not anymore. Our optical perception of the matter that comprises our reality is based on the interaction of photons (light) with atoms. We see the sky as blue and a tree as green because of the way light reacts with the matter that makes up the sky, or the tree. Instead of the light being reflected , scientists have now figured out how to have the light bend around a targeted object so that the light engulfs it, and in effect, makes it invisible to human sight. Thus far, this can only be done with green light - but again, give it some time. I'm just saying, without getting too technical, that John hit the nail on the head - seven years before the nail even existed.
So now I find myself wondering, if he was right about that 7 years before it happened, is he right about the other things he said? John was asked a variety of questions, and he answered them all with rigid consistency - a consistency that has disallowed anyone to categorically prove him wrong, including physicists.
In a response to a question about U.S. politics and the global geopolitical alignment in 2036, John gave a particularly grim answer:
There is a civil war in the United States that starts in 2005. That conflict flares up and down for 10 years. In 2015, Russia launches a nuclear strike against the major cities in the United States (which is the "other side" of the civil war from my perspective), China and Europe. The United States counter attacks. The US cities are destroyed along with the AFE (American Federal Empire)...thus we (in the country) won. The European Union and China were also destroyed. Russia is now our largest trading partner and the Capitol of the US was moved to Omaha Nebraska.
After the war, early new communities gathered around the current Universities. That's where the libraries were. I went to school at Fort UF, which is now called the University of Florida. Not too much is different except the military is large part of people's life and we spend a great deal of time in the fields and farms at the "University" or Fort.
The Constitution was changed after the war. We have 5 presidents that are voted in and out on different term periods. The vice president is the president of the senate and they are voted separately.Oh yea, and people like to wear hats in the future - but I'm not sure if Tibet was ever freed.