The Aryayek Time-Traveling Machine: A Magic Eye Or A Fantasy Carpet Ride?
The concept of a time machine dates back to H.G. Wells and his 1895 literary masterpiece about capitalist society as seen through the eyes of a dreamer who travels over 800,000 years into the future. He described his time machine as a "thing of brass, ebony, ivory and translucent, glimmering quartz." Time machines have also been the subject of at least two successful films over the course of the last six decades.
But that's fiction, you say. But is it really? How many things in our modern world would have been thought scientifcally impossible a century ago? Thie list is long; space travel, pacemakers, anesthesia, antibiotics, high-tech gadgetry and electronics, cyberware/computers, plasma television etc etc.
The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine
Ali Razeghi is a 27-year-old Teheran-based scientist, who invented the Aryayek Time Traveling Machine, a PC-sized devoce dubbed a "crsytal ball contraption" by some sources, that works with 98% accuracy. The use of algorithms (a logical sequence of mathematical steps) permits the prediction of any individual's progress between five and eight years ito their future. It took a decade for him to develop the complex sequences to arrive at predictions. Razeghi is a prolific inventor and also the managing director of Iran's Center for Strategic Inventions, and has, believe it or not, another 179 inventions registered to his name. (This figure breaks down to about six patents for every year of his young life!)
How does the time travel machine work?
There are no images available of the projected time machine prototype. In the inventor's own words: "My invention easily fits into the size of a personal computer case and can predict details of the next five to eight years in the life of the user. It will not take you into he future. It will bring the future to you."
Predictions for the future do not involve rubbing lamps to induce genies to grant three wishes or convincing Ali Baba to take you on a magic carpet ride. They are calculated via earthly algorithms and come in the form of a printout after readings are taken from a user's simple touch.
How would the time machine benefit mankind?
Mr. Razeghi told the press that his time machine could be a great help to the government in numerous, unexpected ways; the most important being the ability to predict military comflict. With the world keeping a watchful eye on Iran's nuclear program, this is not so comforting. He claims his invention can also forecast the fluctuations in the value of foreign currencies and oil and belives the market for his invention will leventually make its way to private individuals once a mass production stage is reached.
Criticized by some as trying to play God, a claim which Razeghi vehemently denies, his vision entails using the machine selectively and harmelssly such as revealing to a couple the sex of a child not yet conceived! Ultarsound, eat your heart out?)
Razeghi also told the media that he believed the United States "is spending millions of dollars" to develop their own time machine and that his device is much cheaper to produce, admitting that it contains both hardware and software and costs approximately $400 to create. He blames the delay in launching his prototype on his fears that China will "steal" his idea and produce it in enormous quanitites, a questionable argument at the very least.
Is this true or all smoke and mirrors?
It must be said that in recent months some members of the scientific community have ridiculed Razeghi after he attempted to display the capabilities of his invention. Accusations lingered that results were faked. In all fairness, many scientific breakthroughs that have challenged conventional thought, theories and practices down throughthe centuries have been met with extreme ridicule and opposition.
Iran's Deputy Minister of Science, Research and Technology, Mohammed Mehdinejad Nouri, firmly denies that any device such as a time machine has ever been registered with the Iranian government. He says: "...Making scientific claims is free for all, but registration os these claims as inventions should undergo certain legal stages beased on scientific proof and evidence..."
Sceintists from all around the world have made previous claims about their own "time machine" inventions. According to The Examiner, in 2009, a man named Steven Gibbs of Clearwater, Nebraska, claimed he had invented a "hyper-dimensional resonator," which he stated could be used for "out-of-body time travel."
According to Gibbs ( no relation to Leroy Jethro of NCIS fame) the Hyper Dimensional Resonator (HDR) is a time machine that can be used to allow physical time travel both to the past and the future. In 2011, physicists from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York announced that they had developed a "time cloak" they claim can hide events for trillionths of a second.
The possibilities seem endless when it comes to the uses for a time machine, and if Mr. Razeghi's invention does ever expand beyond the prototype phase, who can say how it will affect future generations? Time will tell in more ways than one as to the future of Razeghi's invention. Is the world ready for a look into the future or have we all got enough problems just focusing on where we are right now in the annoying present?
M Dee Dubroff
Fashion and Technology Blogger