Will we be able to find time travelers on a social network? I suppose the better question to ask before that would be this – is time travel even possible in the first place? Well, astrophysicist Robert Nemiroff did mull over the possibility of time travel over a poker game last summer. In fact, he was pretty much amused by the possibility of having time travelers hanging out in our generation, that he started to enlist the help of several of his students to check out whether there is evidence of such folks. Needless to say, in this day and age, if you are not searching for anything other than your remote control that is under the couch, you would enlist the help of an online search engine to get the job done.
Nemiroff shared, “The Internet is essentially a vast database, and I thought that if time travelers were here, their existence would have already come out in some other way, maybe by posting winning lottery numbers before they were selected.” The group decided to check out the recent events that might have piqued the interest of time travelers – comet ISON’s fatal brush with the sun as well as the election of Pope Francis. Looking for premature but correct predictions online, they managed to discover a solitary reference to Pope Francis prior to his election, which was later dubbed to be “accidental” instead of being evidence of a time travelers walking among us.