The Moment


David Nelson demonstrated the motorized couch in his M.I.T. dorm,
which also features the “pizza button.”

I ventured out last night to MIT to be present at the culminating moment of the Time Traveller event created by Amal Dorai, whom I had read about in yesterday’s New York Times. Here’s the story:

BOSTON (AP) — Attention, time travelers: Amal Dorai hopes you enjoyed the party he’s throwing this weekend. Dorai, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is hosting a Time Traveler Convention on campus this Saturday. Make plans now, because it’s the last such party.

”You only need one,” he said. ”The chance that anybody shows up is small, but if it happens it will be one of the biggest events in human history.”

There’s no dress code. No need to R.S.V.P. Refreshments (chips and dip) will be provided.

Dorai only asks his guests to show proof they come from the future: Bringing the cure for cancer, a solution for global poverty or a cold fusion reactor would suffice.

In case MIT is long gone by the time a time machine is invented, Dorai’s invitation includes geographic coordinates for the East Campus Courtyard (42:21:36.025 degrees north, 71:05:16.332 degrees west).

To spread the word, Dorai asked friends to scribble invitations on pieces of acid-free paper and slip them into obscure library books. He is also giving media interviews and posting his thoughts on a Web site.

”The World Wide Web is unlikely to remain in its present form permanently,” he wrote. ”We need volunteers to publish the details of the convention in enduring forms, so that the time travelers of future millennia will be aware of the convention.”

Here is the moment.

enjoy

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