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Richard chart 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 groups to Richard Branson Akon missed an 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 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 stuff 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 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 it become a popular a parlor game you know you 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 we 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 other reason why it's done is actually not so so much to save lives the the historians in this book they're like they're looking for inflection points in time that they can correct and the thinking for the betterment of the of the American empire and they 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 has 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 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 time lines and so forth where do you see this the grandfather paradox is it is it something is 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 that so with the state 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 with the marble and game 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 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 with the the the people who run the time tunnel they would 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 I I did watch that as a as a kid and enjoyed it very much yeah I caught it in in repeats several years later but 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 would get thrown into the Danube river you know to prevent tragedy enough 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 with what I toss and baby Hitler into the Danube out yeah I probably what the thing is that it does I mentioned before it's impossible to I'll be able to protect all the the different report facts that happen as a result of the action that you take for example the Hitler was that was a 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 you need that a different person with their who was a charismatic in the way that that he was could have could not have taken advantage of the 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 a 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 the the the country would be better for it but but who knows again there on scene a consequences as a result of these actions but he is probably the case it seems likely that so we would have retreated from Vietnam rather than than pushing and doubling down on a.

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