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Would you rather travel forward or backwards in time?

Modern technology means the things we once only saw in science fiction are now closer to being reality than ever before. 

While self-driving cars, robot assistants and commercial space travel are all within close reach, one futuristic feature we haven’t yet figured out is time travel.

Sci-fi television programmes, movies and books are filled with stories of travelling forward or backwards in time, to catch a glimpse of the future or prevent something happening in the past.

If time travel became a reality, would you be interested in doing it? And if you had to choose, would you prefer to travel forward or backwards in time? What would you do when you got there? Share your thoughts on our lighthearted poll in the comments below!

Would you rather travel forward or backwards in time?

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Based on 28 public votes.
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Sparkle45
27th Aug 2017
2
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I would go back ... to the days of more sincere beliefs and values ... I was not afraid of what was to come then but I am now as we move forward into extremes and evil thoughts..

We no longer have limits or respect for others or even appreciation of them .... greed is normal as it dishonesty and morals do not exist except rarely.

The young were young before and grew up slowly ... the young are not young for long now ... the age of innocence has gone.
Evil is round every corner now .... fear behind it .... peace has gone for ever ... it will get worse.

When I go back I can spend more time with my family and cherish the moment ... happiness is then
Wilf
24th Aug 2017
2
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Forwards any-day...especially if I could come back...first off I would go to this Saturday night to see what the winning lottery tickets are..come back and do them! Seriously though we know whats in the past..why bother going back in history. I would love to go 50, 100, 500, 1000 years in the future and see what is happening...are we all robot hybrids in 1,000 years what about 1 million years...the earth will still be turning, the sun shining, will we still be here? Questions ...questions I have been asking myself my whole life
Lionel
27th Aug 2017
2
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Ah, Wilf. I've just found this poll.

I fear we humans have already traded off some of our humanity, that which sets us apart from animals, for mobile devices and a 'bubble' existence. We don't converse face to face much, it's all done through these devices. I see that so clearly in my step grand children.

I fear within 50 years we'll all be drones of a kind controlled by a super state, akin to Orwell's 1984. So I must disagree, going forward in time, with our present critical faculty, would horrify us.

Going back in time is equally problematic. Don't we always think of ourselves hundreds of years ago as the Squire, the Lord of the Manor? Seldom are we serfs living in hovels. Seldom do we see ourselves as Fagin's kids scratting around for every penny just to stay alive whilst avoiding the child predators so in evidence in Dicken's time.

But, I think I would choose to go back, just a little way, to the Second World War and Post War era. Not that I'm a romanticist about war, no. It's the fact that everyone had a place, a purpose and a mission in life. Defeat the Germans. There was a societal order and people knew they place in that order.

Yes, so many men and women perished in the War, some horrifically in gas chambers or on the battle front. But even as they died they had a purpose in life apart from pleasure. They had a function which sheer gratification doesn't offer.

After the War survivors had another purpose: to re-build this nation after two disastrous World Wars. Our parents did it! And we took up the baton and ... sadly created the society we now live in. A rather sad, selfish society; self absorbed people without the nous to see the encroaching population controls employed by the State and big business.

The scene for 1984 has been set. The players are in place.

Yes, I'd go backwards 70 years, to when the individual had a place and a purpose.
Wilf
27th Aug 2017
1
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I think after WW2 society was so regimented that the only way was to create more freedoms and hedonistic society...we have arrived there now..its everyman for themselves and a very narcissistic society. Its going to get worse as we are all absorbed in our own digital world-cue AI and robotics. In 2045 we should reach the singularity where machines become self aware-after that its anyones guess! The future is exciting but could be a tadge worrying-hasnt that always been so?
Lionel
27th Aug 2017
1
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Yes, Wilf, the future is worrying. Not for me, I'm old now, but for my step grand children who long ago I took as my own. Only today I spoke with my 16 year old grand daughter. She already accepts AI as the norm. We talked about robots becoming self aware - she accepts that but to me their self awareness is a threat.

I watched news piece on driverless cars the other day. Couldn't help but notice they said these cars will have a morality built in. What morality? Whose morality? Confucius, Jesus of Nazareth or perhaps Hitler? The gulf of difference between these thought streams is unbridgeable. The first features the self, the second others and the third the State.

If I am walking along a road and a driverless car comes along I don't know which morality it has. In the event of a collision, which is more valuable to that car ... it's own survival at all costs, it's human passengers or a street utility? That would depend on the morality with which it is programmed. In any event I would be the sacrifice.

Daunting prospect, don't you think?

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