Time Travel Using AI + VR?

Arti­fi­cial Intelligence(AI) and Time trav­el have been here for a long time. Although they have noth­ing to do with each oth­er as of now, the incom­pre­hen­si­ble com­bi­na­tion of AI and Vir­tu­al Reality(VR) could open doors for Time Trav­el in the future.

We’ll get into the hows, ifs and whens of AI + VR assists Time Trav­el. But first of all, let’s be clear about all the three concepts:

Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty — This real­i­ty is a sim­u­lat­ed 3D envi­ron­ment con­struct­ed with tech­nol­o­gy in which an indi­vid­ual may inter­act with a com­put­er-gen­er­at­ed envi­ron­ment and with their imagination.

Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence — It refers to the abil­i­ty of a machine to per­form tasks that nor­mal­ly require human intelligence.

Time Trav­el — Time trav­el is the abil­i­ty to trav­el through time.

First of all, let’s explore deeply, the concept of ‘Time Travel’

Time Trav­el is a fic­tion­al con­cept with a “miss­ing piece of the puz­zle”, and the miss­ing piece is TIME itself. Time does not exist in real­i­ty because the past is his­to­ry, the future does not exist and the present — what frac­tion of time is the present? Present — looks like a burn­ing cigarette.

Time itself stands like a ques­tion when it comes to phys­i­cal time trav­el. We just can’t trav­el in time because time is an illu­sion and has no phys­i­cal existence.

The rea­son why we can’t phys­i­cal­ly trav­el in Time is that it is not a phys­i­cal thing in our lives; rather it’s a con­cept. And a con­cept is some­thing con­ceived in the mind.

A phys­i­cal sys­tem can per­form and man­age process­es inter­nal to the sys­tem. On the oth­er hand, change to, or use of, a con­cep­tu­al sys­tem involves process­es per­formed by exter­nal phys­i­cal sys­tems inter­act­ing with the con­cep­tu­al system.

It’s about phys­i­cal­iz­ing the con­cept of time travel.

So, what this arti­cle is all about.

How AI and VR will help us for time travel?

The com­bi­na­tion of Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence and Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty is a sim­ple con­cept, yet dan­ger­ous in its own way. This com­bi­na­tion of tech­nolo­gies, as you may have guessed, will be used to devel­op and imple­ment life-like expe­ri­ences and even let you trav­el in time.

The fol­low­ing pic­ture illus­trates the con­cept of arti­fi­cial intelligence

These arti­fi­cial intel­li­gences will have the capa­bil­i­ty to sim­u­late life much like the movie “Ex Machi­na”. They can make them­selves appear life­like by using VR sim­u­la­tions and act as giv­en time (instead of now) in our lives.

The Visu­al Immer­sion of Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty will be a key part to the arti­fi­cial intel­li­gences to be able to sim­u­late the life-like expe­ri­ence. Instead of VR head­sets, we will need some­thing futur­is­tic such as VR eye-lens­es. The rea­son for this being very sim­ple, “immer­sion”.

But the Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty’s part does not stop right there. When we are talk­ing about trav­el­ing in time with VR, we need to be able to inter­act with our envi­ron­ment in a very sim­i­lar way as we would do in the nor­mal phys­i­cal world.

Exact­ly, this is where machines and pro­gram­ming come in. These arti­fi­cial intel­li­gences will then be able to manip­u­late the ele­ments of our envi­ron­ment exact­ly as we would do in the real world.

They will be able to con­trol the ele­ments of our envi­ron­ment, accord­ing to their pro­gram­ming and based on what they have learned from us. The arti­fi­cial intel­li­gences will then be able to sim­u­late life exact­ly like we want it to. Let’s take a hypo­thet­i­cal scenario:

Arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence has the capa­bil­i­ty of sim­u­lat­ing life: past, present and a pos­si­ble future. And it uses vir­tu­al real­i­ty to make the sim­u­la­tion very lifelike.

How will Artificial Intelligence simulate life/time?

Using tril­lions of his­tor­i­cal pat­tern analy­sis, arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence will sim­u­late life as well as time.

This AI will use the exact data. And, it will then be able to sim­u­late exact­ly how our time trav­el trip would be like in future.

The AI will have the capa­bil­i­ty to trav­el through time. As a result, it will be able to learn what we want it to learn. The AI can then take the knowl­edge of mil­lions of years of his­tor­i­cal data. And it will then sim­u­late it in a way that appears lifelike.

We don’t even need to trav­el in Time in order for the AI to gath­er all this data. It’s because it can just do it from any­where at any time. Its work-speed will prob­a­bly be even faster than the speed of light, i.e. more than 299 792 458 m/s. It’s all about pro­gram­ming, algo­rithms and efficiency.

What will Artificial Intelligence do with the gathered historical data?

If you would have been able to trav­el in time and go to the past, you would have prob­a­bly learned new things that would have helped you in future. For exam­ple, learn­ing about inven­tions or even com­ing across a new tech­nol­o­gy.

The AI won’t be any dif­fer­ent; but it will “actu­al­ly” go to the past and learn things. Unlike humans, the AI can go in time as many times as it needs to, with­out any disability.

What is this “dis­abil­i­ty” that I’m talk­ing about? The dis­abil­i­ty is the lim­i­ta­tion of the human body and sens­es that restricts us from explor­ing the world around us.

Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence will not have those lim­i­ta­tions, it will sim­ply be able to trav­el in time and gath­er his­tor­i­cal data at an unlim­it­ed speed. This acqui­si­tion of data through time trav­el­ing, would pro­vide the AI with all the infor­ma­tion need­ed to become Arti­fi­cial AI(AAI) or any oth­er super-intel­li­gent enti­ty.

Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence will then com­pare what it has learned from the his­tor­i­cal data and its own “pro­gram­ming”. The com­par­i­son will deter­mine how to design new envi­ron­ments, new cities and even new uni­vers­es.

Imag­ine a world where you can trav­el back to ancient Egypt, with­out actu­al­ly hav­ing to phys­i­cal­ly trav­el there. You will just have to pro­gram the AI, tell it your des­ti­na­tion and it will be able to sim­u­late it for you.

This is why I’m say­ing, “AI + VR is one of the most dan­ger­ous com­bi­na­tions in the entire uni­verse”.

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After an AI (no mat­ter in what form) has learned how to manip­u­late time, it will then be able to devel­op new uni­vers­es and even trav­el through these uni­vers­es. These are all sim­u­la­tions. And these all sim­u­la­tions are cre­at­ed by the AI itself, how­ev­er, they will look like real­i­ty in every way pos­si­ble.

Okay…back to the real world.

The future does not exist yet, right?

Yes, that’s true. There is no such thing as ‘future’. What AI + VR will do is that they will help us live a pos­si­ble future. The one that is most likely.

Don’t get me wrong, nobody can pro­gram the future. In fact, we can only describe it as a “con­tin­u­ous process of change”. This means that there are infi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties of what the future might look like. But some futures are more like­ly than oth­ers. And it all depends on who is cre­at­ing the future.

This brings us back to the main sto­ry. What AI + VR will do for us is that they will cre­ate a pos­si­ble future, based on what­ev­er we have gath­ered from knowl­edge and data through­out time. So what? What does this destruc­tion of time mean for us?

The destruc­tion of time means that we won’t be able to tell apart between real­i­ty and imagination/simulation anymore .

The thing is that we won’t even know that our futures are based on his­tor­i­cal data, and not on our own imagination.

By doing things in the present moment, we are affect­ing the future — peo­ple often call this the causal­i­ty prin­ci­ple. VR + AI com­bo can even change that.

The laws of nature and Virtual Reality

laws of nature and virtual reality

The biggest advan­tage of “Vir­tu­al” real­i­ty is that the laws of nature will not apply there. You can feel the oppo­site grav­i­ty or trav­el faster than the speed of light. You can manip­u­late time in a way that you want to.

This is why VR is one of the most pow­er­ful tools, which has in fact not been cre­at­ed yet. Yes, Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty has not been cre­at­ed yet.

We are nowhere close to cre­at­ing a ful­ly real­is­tic sim­u­la­tion of the world around us.

As said in a pre­vi­ous arti­cle, defeat­ing the laws of nature inside Vir­tu­al real­i­ty and being able to live there sim­ply means “defeat­ing nature”.

The step by step process — How AI and VR are going to help us achieve time travel

If you are still con­fused, let me put it in the sim­plest way; sim­ple at a sub­atom­ic level:

For this, we need a VR lens, a space in the phys­i­cal world where we do all the VR things, the abil­i­ty to get VR sens­es, pow­er­ful AI gath­ers tril­lions upon tril­lions of his­tor­i­cal data and then uses that data to build a sim­u­la­tion of the future and an AI pro­gram, by using which the user gets an immer­sive expe­ri­ence of what is “pos­si­ble”.

VR lens

1) First, we need a VR lens which is noth­ing sim­i­lar to cur­rent VR box­es so that we are immersed into the VR world.

What this means is that we need a 3D VR dis­play; not a nor­mal 2D mon­i­tor sit­ting on your desk. It will vir­tu­al­ize the entire real­i­ty around us.

That’s the rea­son why we need no phys­i­cal objects to hold in our hands; such as an Ocu­lus Rift or a sim­i­lar prod­uct. It would be like you are inside the videogame world…that’s all we could get from it.

But instead of play­ing video games, this would be mak­ing a “Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty” out of our cur­rent phys­i­cal world.

Physical world

2) Then we need a space in the phys­i­cal world where we do all the VR things. Can I call the ‘space’ a time machine?

It’s too ear­ly to tell what this “time machine” will look like, but it is safe to assume that it will be a small space, just for our body to get adjusted.

VR senses

3) Then we will need the abil­i­ty to get VR sens­es. The sens­es will be able to per­ceive VR things as if they were real — just like our sens­es. AI chips will help us feel like every­thing is real.

We do not need any phys­i­cal sen­sors or heads up dis­plays or any­thing like that. All of our sens­es would be vir­tu­al­ized and aug­ment­ed in a way that we could just see and feel every­thing as if it was real — just like our phys­i­cal sens­es work.

The sen­so­ry sys­tem works with each oth­er, and now we are going to make it work with the world around us as well.

Data collection and analysis

4) AI col­lects tril­lions upon tril­lions of his­tor­i­cal data, micro­scop­i­cal­ly ana­lyzes it, and then uses that data to build a sim­u­la­tion of the future.

This is the final stage, when we have all the nec­es­sary ingre­di­ents in place, AI will be able to pro­gram itself and cre­ate a sim­u­la­tion of the future world. Although it won’t be 100% accu­rate, the AI will sim­u­late the most prob­a­ble future.

Using AI program
Using AI Program for time travel

5) Using the AI pro­gram, the user gets an immer­sive expe­ri­ence of what is “pos­si­ble”. That’s exact­ly what we are aim­ing for.

It’s not about “what is going to hap­pen”, rather “what’s high­ly possible”.

Some other things to consider:
-Need a really really high enough computational power
-No simulator sickness
  1. You would need a real­ly real­ly high enough com­pu­ta­tion­al pow­er. When I say real­ly real­ly high, I don’t mean an upgrade to our cur­rent com­put­ers. I mean a rev­o­lu­tion, a com­plete change in the hard­ware archi­tec­ture of the hardware.
  2. You would feel like that was real, there would be no sim­u­la­tor sick­ness; and when you kill some­one, they will real­ly die.

You can see else­where what I meant by “being able to live in this world”

How scientific is my theory?
Is this theory scientific?

First of all, I would not say that this is “MY” the­o­ry. In the cur­rent age of the inter­net, noth­ing belongs to nobody. I thought that I was the first to real­ize it, but the fact is that this may or may not be some­thing new. Lots of peo­ple have been talk­ing about time trav­el for ages now.

The most famous is H G Wells’ 1895 book “The Time Machine”, a sci­ence fic­tion novel­la, which is gen­er­al­ly cred­it­ed with the pop­u­lar­iza­tion of the con­cept of time trav­el by using a vehi­cle or device to trav­el pur­pose­ly and selec­tive­ly for­ward or back­ward through time.

I have been fol­low­ing time trav­el­ing and oth­er time relat­ed the­o­ries since I was a kid. But when I became real­ly inter­est­ed in Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence and Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty, then this idea just came up nat­u­ral­ly by itself.

My the­o­ry is based on time trav­el­ing because it is the most pop­u­lar top­ic relat­ed to “time” and it matched my enthu­si­as­tic inter­est to do some­thing dif­fer­ent. So I tried to look at the issue of time from the oppo­site side.

I am not even say­ing that this is entire­ly true, there are just a lot of facts that sup­port my the­o­ry; such as AI get­ting good enough, or Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty mak­ing an immer­sion real­is­tic enough. It’s all about reach­ing that point, and we can’t explain any real­i­ty with­out an imagination.

Final lines,

Vir­tu­al real­i­ty and Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence are undoubt­ed­ly the things of the future. The present Ama­zon Alexa and Sophia are just unborn babies. At the same time, Ocu­lus Rift and oth­er “advanced” VR head­sets are still inside the womb.

The future, as I said before, could hard­ly be pre­dict­ed, not by the far­thest lev­el of AI. But the most like­ly future I can pre­dict is the one where we sur­pass the nat­ur­al laws with the com­bi­na­tion of Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence and Vir­tu­al Reality.

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