If a private company invented a time machine, should it be confiscated and outlawed by the government for the safety of the overall community?
Stephen Hawkin & Richard Dawkins Private Co. has finally made a time machine!!!!
Step on Obama, what?
If it was my time machine that was outlawed, I'd just take it back in time, change whatever caused it to be discovered in the first place, and then bring it forward again in time again.
No. The only thing that would be worse than a time machine in private hands, is one managed by the government.
How do u know the govt doesn't have one now that they've been using?
How the fuck would we know, past got changed, our memories would as well, who cares?
As long as they keep it safely locked and only a small number of responsible people from the company could use it... Keep it.
Why the fuck would you sell that? I'd keep that for myself.
Changing the future/past could cause a domino of events. Personally I would rather live in a world where I knew the present, no matter how bad or good, than reap the consequences of the unknown.
You know what they say about stepping on a butterfly.
well...in my expert opinion regarding the space time continuum. based my recent travels I would say no confiscation is needed.
knowing the government, they'd confiscate it and use it for themselves...
Contr The idea of time travel is impossible so the whole question is pointless accept to identify with should govt control everything
Lol. Just seen a thing or two.
Read only then no but if they could rewrite history then yes.
If there is a God, maybe he's wondering what's taking us so long to build it and use it.
Your name should be wiseman. :-)
I used to believe that the government always had my best interests in mind but not any more.
I said, "No," because why would we be able to trust the government with such a device?!
Perhaps it will be invented.. But they are smart.. Kept it under wraps.. Started early on with plans to take over the world.. Perhaps they're referred to as the illuminati..
Umm.. Obviously they do confiscate it. That or it never exists. Time travel is a difficult thing to wrap your mind around.
I certainly don't disagree, but I also think that unfortunately they aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.
Without some defeater, we are rational to trust our perception of things coming into and going out of existence and of the changing state of the universe. There is material continuity in the universe. It's not like you can just change back like it is a slideshow presentation.
I disagree. Traveling to different universes currently in a state like our past would be possible, but that would not be real time travel. Real time travel would require that the past and future "currently" exist, instead of just being previous and upcoming states of the universe.
Great Scott Marty! Stop submitting questions on this thing. If Biff finds out it could cause a catastrophic paradox!!
Outlawed fully, no. But it shouldnt be allowed to go past the civil war.
There are so many theories about that who knows what would happen. I prefer the "infinite universe" theory that says that a second universe will be made from an action. It wouldn't affect us at all, only that universe.
Thats very true. But still over money driven vs power driven I find power driven to be a much more dangerous motive.
America could have been nuked by terrorists six times over and sombody keeps going back in time to stop it, we would never know
I would like to see that happen.
I was thinking along the lines of whether or not stuff could come back with whoever went (ex. Dinosaurs, diseases). Because if so, maybe that's not the best idea unless we want some sort of freak dinosaur apocalypse or second bubonic plague..... ;-p
The number of Doctor Who references in these comments are making me very happy right now
No!!! All governments since the beginning of time have thought that way, and look what happened, nobody ever invented one, or if they did it was snatched by government and destroyed, and nobody ever found out. Now isn't that sad? ):
At that point, any distinction of jurisdiction is essentially nonexistent.
Don't give it to the government, they'd fuck shit up worse than anyone.
Thx Annie :)
All three movies seem to come on TBS and similar channels with some regularity.
Outlaw alcohol and only organized crime will have it. Oh wait, they tried that strategy in the 1930's. That didn't work either. Obama wasn't even born yet. Get my point?
Outlaw pirated music and only felony copyright pirates will have it. Oh, wait, my next door neighbor has it, my dentist has it, a whole bunch of lawyers I know have it, my mom has it. Wasn't George Dubya president when the RIIA got busy suing bunch of grandmothers? 'Guess that strategy sucked huh?
Yeah it should be outlawed! Whoever owns it might try it and that will create some type of paradox. Not even worth the risk of leaving the fate of mankind to one person. Especially when nothing even remotely similar to going back in time has been done before.
Considering the infinite number of parallel universes, all possibilities have, are, or will be happening anyway. What we choose would be another skew of the timeline. It wouldn't be "us" in the past that the time machine could visit.
Outlaw time machines and only the outlaws will have them!!
Obama out law.
Go to the future and steal resources. Wait, they are already stealing from our kids.
In all seriousness, if I had a time machine, no one would ever know. So how could the government take it?
Rig those elections and play the people?
Yes, because now with a private time machine I can make sure everyone who voted no will never be born.....MWA HA HA HA!!!
You don't want them to know what you know. And you don't want them to know what you know.
Why do you think some discoveries are never filed for a patent?