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Iranian Scientist Invents 'Time Machine'

The Iranian device sounds slightly more modest in scale than the time-traveling DeLorean from "Back to the Future," with its inventor claiming it can fit into a small case.
The Iranian device sounds slightly more modest in scale than the time-traveling DeLorean from "Back to the Future," with its inventor claiming it can fit into a small case.
Iranian scientist Ali Razeghi has registered a time machine with the country’s Center for Strategic Inventions.

Razeghi, 27, cites algorithms as the source of the device’s ability to "predict five to eight years of the future life of any individual with 98 percent accuracy."

The invention, dubbed "The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine," produces printed reports that contain details about the future, according to "The Telegraph," which cites an Iranian news agency report.

“My invention easily fits into the size of a personal computer case,” said Razeghi, “It will not take you into the future, it will bring the future to you.”

Razeghi happens to be the managing director of the Center for Strategic Inventions, where he has 179 other devices registered under his name.

"I have been working on this [time machine] project for the last 10 years," he says.

The "time machine" was presented not only as a tool for individuals but also as a resource for governments seeking to preempt major crises.

"Naturally, a government that can see five years into the future would be able to prepare itself for challenges that might destabilize it," he is quoted as saying.

Friends and family have reportedly criticized Razeghi for "trying to play God" with the device, which he say she began working on at the tender age of 17.

But Razeghi is quick to fend off those who might want to get their hands on his powerful piece of technology.

"The Americans are trying to make this invention by spending millions of dollars on it," he says. "The reason that we are not launching our prototype at this stage is that the Chinese will steal the idea and produce it [by the] millions overnight."

Despite Razeghi's confident claims, most Iran watchers will likely be treating his announcement with a certain amount of skepticism.

In February, bloggers quickly pointed out that a photo of Iran's new Qaher-313 stealth fighter jet flying over a mountain range was faked. The plane’s shadows and lighting suggested that it was photographed indoors. The background turned out to be a stock image of Iran’s Mount Damavand. Other bloggers also noted that the design of the aircraft made aviation experts doubt whether it was even a real plane.

In 2012, Iran released a photo of Koker 1, which it unveiled as the world’s first drone capable of vertical takeoff and landing. Internet commentators promptly linked the device to a group of engineers from Chiba University in Japan, who had actually invented the drone in 2008.

-- Sam Colt
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by: Khwarazm
April 11, 2013 15:41
I have been amazed to see the recent news about the invention of a “time machine” by an Iranian citizen.

Although this piece of news is definitely true, the reportage style is not in accord with the fair practice of reporting.
The title and the first lines – which are reproduced in almost the same way everywhere – are purportedly about an “Iranian scientist”. However, I wonder why the reporter could not distinguish between an academician/scientist and a crackpot. Crackpots of this kind can be found all over the world and no one would call them “scientist” or “researcher”.

I earnestly ask to change the title and the contents of this piece of news according to fair journalistic practices. This person is neither a “scientist” nor a “researcher”. What he does is genuine pseudo-science.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
April 12, 2013 21:51
There nothing new in creating various models of predicting.
For instance "Game Theory" of USA strategic mathematics.
It didn't work, thought - because unlike the natural evolving
Of material thing, fairly predictable, people are not puppets.

You set me up with what I need - I will not need it anymore.
You predict I don't need it - I'll get it from your competition.
You predict it too, offering better price - maybe it will go.
You consider it by machine - I will blow your prediction.

It is the endless game, unless the Law of God at work,
Passing it through Nobility of Soul and Purity of Heart,
With Elevated Mind lead brains of high IQ, that dwarf
At algorithms of games - only to be bitten by the bard.

by: adabi from: manchester
April 12, 2013 12:53
What a creepy invention!!!!!! In this context, Indian astrologers are more accurate in predicting future and charge only $ 1 for their their service.

by: Globalcitizen from: Ozie
April 12, 2013 14:22
why can we not comment on important/interesting articles anymore?! I find it strange that a reporting agency that prides itself on balanced and fare dissimination of international news and use to encourage debates and exchange of ideas between the global community has suddenly decided to hald such activities all together...one way news with no feedback or discussion....were is fun in that??!
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by: Ivan from: California
April 12, 2013 17:30
GC, you can thank Jack and Eugenio for that. They comment on almost every article with the same message, the contents of the article wasn't important they just kept speweing out the same garbage. It is unfortunate they feel their adjenda is more important than the authors article and ruined it for the people who want constructive dialogue.

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