Richard Todd, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory


Radio eight forty WHAS Richard Todd is an entrepreneur author and inventor as a contributor to the Huffington post and the San Francisco Chronicle he's written on a variety of subjects including climate change science education and economics his interview subjects include astrophysicist Neil degrasse Tyson founder and chairman of the virgin group sure Richard Branson economist and E. U. adviser Jeremy Rifkin astrophysicist Brian green apple co founder Steve Wozniak Pulitzer Prize winner winning author Jane smiley IBM Watson supercomputer team leader David Ferrucci and who killed the electric cars Chelsea Sexton Richard Todd holds for patents in the field of information technology he lives on a ranch in Carmel valley with his wife Laura and the many rescue animals under their care he is the author of the time tunnel series including time tunnel the twin towers and time tunnel empire and the the third instalment of this trilogy is under way I understand Richard Todd welcome to coast to coast AM how are you I am very well thank you Michio kaku has said that in a time travel one sort of relegated to the you know since the fantasy and science fiction is now simply an engineering problem do you concur with that I think that's right one of the things that I tried to do in this book is very much like Michael Crichton did with his books is like I tried to make the sciences believable as I possibly could so with respect to time travel on a think go very much in terms of the relationship between time space and gravity and part of this was driven of the from conversations I've had with the after this is a Brian Greene he's this is something he's very interested in as well and the the idea of of traveling back in time to right a wrong or to prevent a tragedy you know that's it's almost kind of a a become a popular a parlor game you know like like scruples would you travel back in time would you murder you know of or or kill a baby Hitler in order to prevent you know all of the tragedy of World War two when the Holocaust and so forth you know this is given rise to this whole new genre really not only the techno thriller which I guess your your series fits in but the whole what if a genre what do you think that speaks to in in in the in the human condition well hi in this particular book the first book in the series we we use technology we use the start time travel technology to correct he obviously is a terrible tragedy nine nine eleven but the thing is that with respect to this particular tragedy the of the reason why it's done is actually not so so much to save lives the the historians in this book there were there looking for inflection points in time that they can correct and the thinking for the betterment of the the American empire the end of the the whole man on nine eleven as a as an inflection point in in time that if they can correct that they point to that is that as an event that punctuates the decline of the American empire and so they they try to to correct that and as we see in the in the book there are unintended consequences that that happened anytime you you change something and in time and it's impossible to predict all of the the variances and in time that that will happen all the ripple effects that will happen as a result of of the change that you make well that's the the the grandfather paradox that if you go back in time and you accidentally you know run over your grandfather then you would cease to exist but I mean where are we in the I guess this this debate about which of the grandfather paradox because I I I I'm not sure if it was Stephen Hawking or someone else who who sort of quibble with that idea that that that you're you're not going to affect our time line because you're not really traveling back to our past there are multiple timelines and so forth where do you see this the grandfather paradox is it is it something it's something that that is at a real obstacle to traveling back in time or is there some wiggle room there well I I think it depends which which action movie you believe or TV series you believe in so with safe Star Trek if you went back in time and change something or back to the future than that that's going to change the the future and you potentially might not exist more more recently with the with the of the Marvel and game no they're more in line with the what does Stephen Hawking believes which is that if you go back in time a you're not going to change your your future self so with respect to these books hi I fell in line with the the old thinking that if you did change something that that would actually create a an entirely different time line in I speak to that and in the books so the the the people who run the time tunnel they they would not be changed as the as a result of the of what they did when they went back in time and and affected something we were inspired by the old TV series shore I loved it I and I'm afraid I'm dating myself of that I'd IT I did watch that as as a kid and enjoyed it very much yeah I caught it in in repeats surf we hear is later but to now the idea of traveling back to right a wrong and and often the the example I gave earlier you know is is would you kill if you know you had baby Hitler in your hands we get thrown into the Danube river you know to prevent tragedy not that's fraught with you know so many moral implications and so forth let me ask you to weigh in on that what what what you do short well I me would would I toss baby Hitler into the Danube yeah I probably would the thing is that it doesn't mention the port it's impossible to I'll be able to protect all the the different rebel attacks that happen as a result of the action that you take for example a Hitler was that was the catalyst in his time but there were lots of can the conditions were ripe for for a killer to be able to gain power and so it's it's not necessarily clear that that a different person with those who was a charismatic in the way that that he was could have could not have taken advantage of the conditions that that existed at that time all right then another example though what about saving John F. Kennedy from the assassin's bullet had he survived you know maybe there are unforeseen consequences may be pulling pulling troops out of Vietnam maybe the the Cold War would have gone an entirely different direction how would you handle that one sure well I being a fan of of JFK I I certainly would have liked for him and Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther king to have survived I think of the of the country would be better for it but but who knows again there on scene a consequences as a result of these actions but it is probably the case it seems likely that so we would have retreated from Vietnam rather than than pushing and doubling down on a bad position without giving too much away because we want people obviously to read and enjoy the time to the time tunnel series of time tunnel the twin towers of area fifty one pops up can you explain why sure end up so there are some spoiler alerts here but I'll I'll try to keep this big enough to to encourage your listeners to to buy the book the in my in my books I am in line with some of the the conspiracy theories with respect to the origins of of area fifty one and these are connected to to Roswell and but that has kind of an interesting twist but the the the thinking there is that it is connected to the the finding of the of the Roswell your full wreckage and and that was of spirited away to groom lake which eventually came became area fifty one the likelihood of time travel in the next I don't know several centuries or perhaps before we were we've had on this program a number of times a professor Ronald mallet from the university of Connecticut theoretical physicist perhaps you're familiar with his work he's sort of laid out in his mind is a theoretical a time machine now he says he simply needs the the you know the the funding in the where with all to build it not to necessarily send a person a backwards and forwards in time but information how do you see you know some of the well if I can use the term the future of time travel how far how far out are we if ever well it is very difficult for me to project that a one thing I will say though and this is something that popped up in a conversation that I had with the astrophysicist Brian Greene he noted that it is conceivable in nature right now today that it is possible to travel in time so he points to the the theory of formals that exist between two black holes and so if it were possible to traverse a warm hole through through one oh black hole and exit through the aperture of another you you would very conceivably and up and up in a different place and time not this time space or not to space but also time as well but absent a warm hole or a black hole in in in terms of actually creating a device and I I again I don't know if you're familiar with with professor mallets theoretical time machine I mean do you think that's it's within our grasp descend again not necessarily a person back in time but let's say a piece of information so I obviously sending information back and forth through time is up considerably less complicated than actually sending a human being back and forth so that seems like a problem that that seems slightly less impossible than actually sending human beings back back and forth in time but the of the high level thinking at least of what I presented in this book and and again I'm I'm not selling time machines as much as I'm I'm selling novels but the the thinking at least have some basis in science and in that if it involves the of the folding of time space in order in on itself in order to you may be familiar with this this notion of of warped time space and so this this is where of Star Trek came from when they talked about warp speed what that it's not really speed so much has the ability to fold space between so you can go from like if you were holding a map.

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