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Monday, May 02, 2005

When H.G. Wells Met Thomas Schelling 

Why haven't you ever met a time traveler? There are a number of possible explanations, but one you may not have considered before is that you've just never been in the right place at the right time. Oh, sure, you may have been at a historical event which one would expect to draw time travelers by the time-machine-version-of-a-tour-busful, but you were presumably too transfixed by the event in question to notice the visitors' strange and delightful fashions and hairstyles.

Thankfully, though, the good folks (or a good folk) at MIT have developed a solution for this problem: a widely-publicized Time Travelers' Convention to be held on May 7. Drawing (implicitly, and probably unconsciously) on the work of Thomas Schelling, the organizers of the conference are trying to create a "focal point" for time travelers and their would-be groupies by heavily publicizing the location (in four dimensions) of the conference.

Bloggers, newshounds, and printing press owners, you know what to do: get publicizin'! I'm going to be too busy to make it to the conference myself, but if it turns out to have been a good time, I'll just travel back in time at some later date.

[Via Slashdot]

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