Two physicists at Michigan Technological University have been carrying out a project to search the world wide wibble for evidence of time travel.
In a paper, the pair say that the idea of time travel has captured the public imagination for much of the past century, but little has been done to actually search for time travellers.
It describes three implementations of Internet searches for time travellers which require a prescient mention of information not previously available.
Obviously, there is the search for prescient content placed on the Internet, highlighted by a search for specific terms in tweets on Twitter. Using this method, we worked out that Techeye, with its tendency to spot the news before it happens is staffed by time travellers. In the case of Mike Magee it is someone whose time machine was locked in the 1970s and whose life depends on a leaked Intel roadmap dated 2020. William Berridge was a homeopathic doctor and sex pest who escaped the 1890s.
The second technique involves looking at prescient inquiries submitted to a search engine, highlighted by a comprehensive search for specific search terms submitted to a popular astronomy web site.
The third search involved a request for a direct Internet communication, either by email or tweet, pre-dating to the time of the inquiry. Given practical verifiability concerns, only time travellers from the future were investigated.
Unfortunately for Michigan Technological University, they do not seem to have looked at TechEye and have ruled out the possibly of time travellers using the net.
Negative results do not disprove time travel, given the great reach of the Internet, this search is perhaps the most comprehensive to date, the report said.