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

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Richard Todd is an entrepreneur author and inventor as a contributor to the Huffington post in 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 your Richard Branson economist and E. U. adviser Jeremy Rifkin astrophysicist Brian green apple co founder Steve Wozniak Pulitzer Prize winner are 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 in 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 the Michio kaku has said that in a time travel one sort of relegated to the the house 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 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 it 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 a whole new genre really not only the techno thriller which I guess your your series fits in but the whole what if genre what do you think that speaks to it 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 it he obviously of 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 hello Sir there's an inflection point in in time that if they can correct that they point to that is the essence of 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 the change that you make well that's the the of 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 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 time lines and so forth where do you see this the grandfather paradox is it is it something is something that that is a 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 that so with of course the 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 they're more in line with the what does Stephen Hawking believes which is that if you go back in time you're not going to change your your future self so of 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 and 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 a result of the of what they did when they went back in time and has affected something we were inspired by the old TV series shore I loved.

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