Time travel and teleportation -- two things that are used in almost every great science fiction movie.
However, most people have accepted the fact that these two concepts will never transition into the non-fiction world of real life.
Colin Stuart, the author of "The Big Questions in Science," is not one of those people. According to the Daily Mail, Stuart believes that time travel will be possible in the real world by 2100 -- only 85 years from now.
Even though most people would frown at that statement, Stuart states that real-life time travel has already happened in the real world -- just in "tiny amounts."
"Time travel to the future has already been achieved, but only in tiny amounts. The record is 0.02 seconds set by cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev. While that doesn't sound too impressive, it does show that time travel to the future is possible and that the amount of time travel couldn't be far greater."
Colin Stuart further explains the details of time travel by focusing on the underlying math that supports his theory.
"If you travelled through space on a big loop at 10 percent the speed of light for what seemed to you like six months, approximately six months and one day would have passed on Earth. You'd have time travelled a day into the future. Travel at the same speed for 10 years and you'll time travel nearly three weeks into the future."
Stuart believes that an 85-year timeline is an "optimistic timescale for traveling weeks into the future."
When it comes to teleportation, Dr. Mary Jacquiline Romero believes that we will be able to experience this particular form of transportation by 2080.
Contrary to time travel, Dr. Romero feels that the "good thing" about teleportation is that it is not restricted by a "fundamental law."
"The good thing about teleportation is that there is no fundamental law telling us that it cannot be done and with technical advances I would estimate teleportation that we see in the films will be with us by 2080."
Even though teleportation is still not something that most people believe would ever be possible, Dr. Romero believes that "developments in chemistry or molecular biology" will allow this seemingly impossible dream to become a possible reality.
"Teleporting a person, atom by atom, will be very difficult... but perhaps developments in chemistry or molecular biology will allow us to do it more quickly."
Can you imagine being able to teleport yourself from one place to the next without using your imagination? Do you think that it will be possible to travel in time in the real world before the end of the century?
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