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From: "John de Rivaz" <>
Subject: Time Travel by Physics - new Scientist article
Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 12:13:45 +0100

Suppose instead of cryonics you could simply put ill people into a physical
device that sends them to the future? Many people would say that that is
just as (un)likely to work.

But an article in this weeks New Scientist
points at work that may be worth following - and it still does involve
extreme cold.
It is much better than previous proposals for time machines - no rotating
black holes or infinitely long cylinders. Important features are
1. It can be built on a benchtop - not easily for sure, but a well equipped
university lab (near CI) is going to try it.
2. It cannot be used to send people back to a time before which it was
built - therefor no "where are all the time travellers" objections, please.
3. (not mentioned in the article) early examples could be used to send
information from the present to the past (subject to the above limitation,
of course) much more easily than large objects such as people.

If item 3 is implemented, the changes that would occur would make the world
a very strange place compared to what it is at present.

Its inventor was inspired by exactly the same sort of events that have
inspired many people to enter the cryopreservation movements.

The article is highly readable and I would urge everyone on these lists (and
the one "blind copy" recipient) to take the few minutes required to read it.
You may not be inspired to build a time machine, or even be convinced such a
thing is physically possible, but the source of this inventor's inspiration
will haunt cryonicists.

Sincerely, John de Rivaz
my homepage links to Longevity Report, Fractal Report, music, Inventors'
report, an autobio and various other projects:
http://www.autopsychoice.com - http://www.cryonics-europe.org -

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