Speaking of time travel…

A party for time travellers, from the Economist:

It is not often that The Economist uses its pages to pass on party invitations, but here is one that might be of interest not only to existing readers, but also to future generations. For this is a party that you may attend retrospectively. On May 7th, the students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology plan to hold the first (and they believe only) convention for time travellers. Their reason for arguing that it is the only one is that only one is necessary. After all, time travellers of whatever period will be able to attend, provided only that news of the convention survives into any future period that might invent time travel. That may, of course, be quite a long way into the future. As the party’s website puts it, time travel is a “hard problem, and it may not be invented until long after MIT has faded into oblivion”. Whether the irony is intentional is difficult to say (this is MIT, after all). But for those who wish to attend without the assistance of time machines, the party starts at 8pm. The venue is East Campus Courtyard, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts. People of Cambridge, you have been warned.

Apologies for posting this after the fact, but, well, that shouldn’t really matter, now should it?

And this, from the convention site:

The convention was a mixed success. Unfortunately, we had no confirmed time travelers visit us, yet many time travelers could have attended incognito to avoid endless questions about the future.