A man calling himself John Titor started posting on internet forums saying that he was a time traveler from the year 2036. He encouraged people to ask him questions. He left behind hundreds of answers to thousands of questions.
From the John Titor site:
- John appeared to answer nearly every question that was asked of him over the 4-month period he was online. Because of that, many people neglected to read the previous posts and asked similar or exact questions he had already answered. It may offer a glimpse of what a time traveler goes through when having the same conversation again and again.
- These posts were written before 911, the Discovery accident and the second gulf war. Many people believe John may have known of these events and dropped clues without actually referring to them. It's also widely agreed that he made several predictions about future physics discoveries that have materialized as he stated."
He said his mission was to go back to 1975 to get an IBM 5100 computer. He said the reason the future needed it was it could translate different computer codes. It was like it would fix a different type of y2k bug.
On John Titor it has a collection of all the questions and answers he posted from the 3 months he was here.
I literally spent all night reading almost all of them.. The thing that really held my interest and fascination was that for a few moments I believed it. What I mean is that he made such a clear and logical case for himself that it made me think about time travel being a real possibility. I believe that was his real goal. The reasons for me thinking that it wasn't "real" isn't because of it's absurdity, but because of it's unwavering clarity. Its how when something seems "too good to be true" it's usually because it is.
This guy, whoever he is, is GOOD. Genius even. From the tone of his writing, to his attitude, to what he would and wouldn't answer. Whoever was behind this created a totally realistic character and story. It's like an epic, original, interactive novel. It has SO many different levels to it that people are still studying it today.
This guy was so smart that in hundreds of posts he barely contradicted himself once. He made a clear case for why he couldn't answer some questions and the reason he didn't know some things.
If you're smart enough you can predict the future. If you're smart enough you can infer things about the past. If you can combine these together into the present - you can create a sense of wonder. Since some people are more mentally inclined and able to recognize patterns they can predict what will happen.
Most of the technology in the past's science-fiction has become a reality. From laser beams, to force fields and holograms - these things are now possible to some degree - but back then they were thought of as only a fantasy. The real question is if they came about because of the predictions or they would have anyways. If there was no science fiction, would the concepts and inventions in those stories ever had become a reality. Maybe, maybe not, or maybe not at the same time they would have.
So you see these "what if's" are almost impossible to know, because they didn't happen that way. You can only guess what would have happened. Also, you can only guess what will happen, but until it actually does its just a prediction.
In the world of time travel, knowing about an event would alter it's potential and possibly make it not happen.
John Titor said their was a U.S. Civil war that led to WW3 in 2015. The civil war did not happen. But a lot of other things he said would happen, have. This doesn't mean he was really from the future, it meant he was really clever. He could predict the likely hood of certain things that would come about. And if they didn't someone could say that they didn't happen because of what he said.
And in that way someone clever enough could change the future by claiming they know the future. And the power of this process would be heightened by it's believability. If he slipped up or revealed himself to be a "fake" then his intent and true mission would lose it's importance.
He saw where the future was heading, and he wanted to prevent it.
All that I read was very strange to me because I had just been writing about time travel myself. I came across this story by accident and a lot of the things he said in his answers were things I was just thinking about. I felt I was learning about a secret, but not the obvious one. I felt I could read what he was really saying and it was very inspiring and freaking smart as hellll.
The amount of thought and effort and dedication to this character/story is truly amazing.
I can't help but compare it to my work with Da Vinci. He wrote to the future, not to the present. You can change the course of history that way.
Wait and see
This was his final message: