By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
What are some things you would do if you could travel into the future? Half of me wants to explore the different advanced technologies that will exist, but the other half wants to get the lottery numbers and become a millionaire. Well, according to superstar British Physicist Brian Cox, time travel is absolutely possible… sort of.
“Can you build a time machine?” said Professor Cox in a speech at the British Science Festival. “The answer is yes.” In fact, physicists from the European Organization for Nuclear Research have already achieved time travel using tiny particles! Theoretically, it’s possible to do with large objects – like a car – as well. Based on Albert Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity, all a person would have to do is travel faster than the speed of light. “If you go fast, your clock runs slow relative to people who are still. As you approach the speed of light, your clock runs so slow you could come back 10,000 years in the future,” said Professor Cox.
Wow, 10,000 whole years. I can’t even imagine how much more advanced technology will be by then, given that the the first cell phone was invented a mere 40 years ago. If I were ever to travel ahead, I’d collect all the gadgets I could and bring them to the past to show everyone. Oh… but wait. I forgot. While time travel into the future is possible, time travel into the past is not all that certain. “In General Relativity, you can do it in principle. It’s to do with building these things called wormholes; shortcuts through space and time. But most physicists doubt it.”
Do you think time traveling into the future without a trail of breadcrumbs to come back home is worth it? I’d say so!