Turns out that scientists have been unable to find any trace of time travellers on the Internet. I know–I didn’t realize there were scientists looking for signs of online time travel, either. Physicists at Michigan Technological University decided to adopt the strategy of coming up with two phrases–“Pope Francis” and “Comet Ison”–that were not in popular use before 2012 or 2013, and Googling for any earlier use of these words, to see if a time traveller may have been dropping hints on the Internet.
But nope, nothing. So either time travel doesn’t exist, or our future selves are so spiritually enlightened that we no longer waste our time endlessly surfing the Web. Since that second option is unlikely, I’ll go with “time travel doesn’t exist”. Unless whoever travelled in time just didn’t care about either Pope Francis or comet Ison. Maybe they were too busy predicting the rise of twerking?
Looks like we’ve got no time travelling, no prophecy–we’re stuck with the good old-fashioned method of guessing what will happen. Some of our guesses are pretty good. Presenting this article from back in 2004:
Remember the name Barack Obama. You’ll be hearing it a lot as this election season unfolds.
Mr. Obama, a Democrat, is tall, thin, youthful and very smart, and he’s running (sometimes literally, depending on the schedule) for a U.S. Senate seat from Illinois.
He’s got a million-dollar smile and he’s charismatic. At the moment he has a substantial lead in the polls. If that lead holds and he wins in November, he’ll be only the third African-American to take a seat in the Senate since Reconstruction.
His partisans describe Mr. Obama as a dream candidate, the point man for a new kind of politics designed to piece together a coalition reminiscent of the one blasted apart by the bullet that killed Robert Kennedy in 1968.
The article describes Barack Obama as the future of politics, but doesn’t get everything right. The hilarious part of the prediction is that Obama will help the country’s politics be less divisive….I think the writer may have been overestimating the sanity of our nation. Well, nobody is going to guess correctly 100% of the time…unless you are a time traveller reading this, in which case, tell us what the hell happens with Ted Cruz?