Is a Time Machine Really Possible? – Techland – TIME.com

It’s 2010, and I want my jet pack.

More than 35 years ago, as I started reading science fiction and watching Star Trek, I figured we’d be much further along by now. Space 1999 and 2001: A Space Odyssey seemed like they were right on track when they first came out. In the 70s, we felt for certain Moon Base Alpha would surely come a couple of decades after humans put footprints on the moon. And it seemed completely feasible that by 2001, people would be living in space and walking in slo-mo to Strauss waltzes.But now that we’ve passed both those dates, it’s clear the human race is running behind in its ability to match the marvels of fiction writers’ imaginations with science fact.

Some time ago, my good pal Brian Malow and I visited various futuristic-looking locations in San Francisco to ponder the notion of Time Travel. Brian — earth’s premier science comedian — has long joked about the issue in his standup act. And he’s not only funny, the boy also knows his science.

He took parts of that act and morphed them into this video essay. Enjoy.

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