Time travel and teleportation — two things that are used in almost every great science fiction movie.
However, most people have accepted the fact that these two concepts will never transition into the non-fiction world of real life.
Colin Stuart, the author of “The Big Questions in Science,” is not one of those people. Stuart believes that time travel will be possible in the real world by 2100 — only 85 years from now.
Professor Chris Phillips, a physicist at Imperial College London, said: ‘One way to create an “invisibility cloak” is to use adaptive camouflage, which involves taking a film of the background of an object or person and projecting it onto the front to give the illusion of vanishing.
‘We’re actually not that far away from this becoming a reality – rudimentary technology versions of this have already been created. It’s entirely feasible that we could see a ‘Harry Potter’-like invisibility cloak within the next 10 to 20 years.’
Teleportation on a small scale has also been achieved – with electrons.
‘Teleporting a person, atom by atom, will be very difficult and is of course a physicist’s way, but perhaps developments in chemistry or molecular biology will allow us to do it more quickly, Dr
Mary Jacquiline Romero, from the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, said.
She added: ‘The good thing about teleportation is that there is no fundamental law telling us that it cannot be done.’
But time travel is the real challenge.
Colin Stuart, Science Communicator and author of The Big Questions in Science said: ‘Time travel to the future has already been achieved, but only in tiny amounts. I would say we are looking at 2100 as a very optimistic timescale for travelling weeks into the future.’