The best argument that time travel is impossible is the one that simply states that if it were physically possible, we would have already met time travellers. Of course that presupposes with the infinite hubris perfected by contemporaneous Americans that anyone years down the road would give a damn about us at all, let alone send T-800s to visit.
But the Internet provides us fantastic stories in miniature every day, with virtual performance art conducted by any one with the imagination to troll the rest of society. One such individual posts under the name “John Titor,” claiming that he came from the future in order to get ancient computer parts needed after the fall of civilization in nuclear war. And just to spin a troll within a troll, now someone is making a documentary about this particular time traveller:
And here’s the plot summary:
The year is 2036. Decades after the second American Civil War and the global nuclear strike known as ‘N-Day’, an American soldier named John Titor is assigned a top secret mission: travel back in time to the year 1975 and retrieve an IBM 5100 computer. During this mission, John would make an unexpected stop in the year 2000 for “personal reasons.” There he would connect with his family and then 2-year-old self and begin interacting online with a group of open-minded time travel enthusiasts. John would share information about the future and a detailed description of his time machine and how it works. While some question the veracity of John’s claims, others believe he was truly a man from the future.
How to Build a Time Machine is a genre bending ‘non-fiction, science-fiction mystery’ that will explore the story of John Titor through interviews and detailed recreations based on John’s original internet posts. We’ll also talk with theoretical physicists and time travel enthusiasts about the scientific reality of time travel and how this simple concept has inspired science fiction fans around the world. The result will be a unique, cinematic experience that’s sure to both entertain and enlighten.
No word yet on whether they’ve managed to secure interviews with Skynet.