Joining Art Bell for the entire 4-hour program, physicist Dr. David Anderson discussed the state of time technology from his research, as well as other labs around the world. He recapped his work from 2002, when he last appeared with Art on the show. At that juncture, his team had created small time warp fields that he said could accelerate time by 300% within the field, as well as reversing time. He described the initiation of a time warp field as quite spectacular to witness, "between the combinations of different chemical reagents and high energy lasers we use to excite or initiate a time warp field...a lot of light, a lot of energy."
Since 2002, the effects have increased by "two orders of magnitudes," both in time acceleration and retardation rates, and living organisms have been successfully tested in the warp fields, he detailed. By regenerating "closed timelike curves" (bending spacetime so time loops back on itself) we're finding it "just as easy to move backwards in time as well as forward," Anderson explained.
Currently countries such as Japan, China, and especially India have been experimenting with time technologies, Anderson reported. Through a device called the Temporal Tremor Detector (TTD), his team is able to track such experiments by observing disruptions in the spacetime fabric, he said.
As time technology becomes further developed, moral and ethical issues are arising, he pointed out. Benefits of the technology include accurate historical studies of the past, but on the negative side, we could experience "Time Wars," with deliberate destruction of parts of the timeline. Anderson advocated for more transparency and disclosure of the technology, so the public can have input on how it's used.
This graphic, from David Anderson's presentation Time Control Technologies and Methods, depicts the Alcubierre Warp Drive, a model in which spacetime could be stretched in a wave causing the fabric of space ahead of a spacecraft to contract. The ship could then ride the wave to accelerate high speeds. For more, view the 23 slide presentation here.
Bumper music from Sunday January 31, 2010
Midnight Express (The Chase)
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
Don't Fear the Reaper
Blue Oyster Cult
Don't Leave Me This Way
Take A Chance On Me
Hazy Shade of Winter
25 Or 6 To 4
Nothing But A Heartache
The Logical Song
I Can See for Miles
Midnight in the Desert