Against a snow-covered backdrop, an unidentified man in a blue jacket spins a seemingly incredible tale. The man says he’s part of an elite time-travel program that’s kept secret from the public. And, unbelievably, he also claims to have visited the year 6000 A.D. and brought back a snapshot of our future Earth.
There are few ideas that capture the popular imagination quite like time travel. In fact, some of our oldest myths contain references to people who find themselves transported to different times. And as early as the 18th century, writers began to play with the concept, sending characters either forwards and backwards through the years. None, though, did so more famously than novelist H.G. Wells, author of The Time Machine.
These days, time travel is more popularly associated with blockbuster movies such as the Back to the Future trilogy and television shows like Doctor Who. In them, the same themes crop up again and again. While the actual mechanics of the process tend to be largely glossed over, much attention is given to the matter of how much a traveler can interact with the past – and what effect that might have on the modern day.
In the real world, however, time travel still appears to be a long way off at best. Although some scientists hold that it is theoretically possible, as far as we know no one has yet succeeded in creating a working time machine. Moreover, critics have pointed to the absence of tourists from the future as evidence that time travel may not ever be possible.
Then again, a recent video posted on ApexTV might give those sceptics some food for thought. Described as “one of the biggest voices of paranormal on YouTube,” the channel hosts a number of videos purporting to feature successful time travelers.
Despite the hotly-contested nature of much of ApexTV’s content, though, there’s one video in particular that has gone viral. In fact, having been uploaded on January 2, 2018, it has, at the time of writing, garnered more than 4,800,000 views and been featured by media outlets around the world. But just what is it about this one video that has got people talking?
According to ApexTV, the video was filmed after an unidentified man contacted them with an incredible claim. Apparently, he is a successful time traveler, and he wanted to tell his story; hence the channel sent a crew to meet him at an undisclosed location. The video – in which the man’s face and voice are disguised – is, so we’re told, the result of that encounter.
In the footage, the unknown man appears dressed in outdoor gear. And after acknowledging the somewhat unbelievable nature of his story – while assuring the viewer that he’s speaking the truth – he launches straight into his claims. “I am a time traveler,” he explains. “I was part of a top-secret program to send people forward in time.”
According to the anonymous man, there has been a classified attempt to master time travel since at least the 1990s. And on the back of experimenting with cats and dogs, those in charge – whom the man never identifies – supposedly succeeded in sending humans through time. Additionally, the man claims that details of this technology will be disclosed to the public in 2028.
However, the man claims to have seen the future far beyond what will happen over the next decade or so. In fact, he says that he was chosen to visit 6000 A.D. – almost 4,000 years in the future. And while he was there, allegedly, he observed some pretty startling things about where humanity is headed.
For starters, time travel has apparently become commonplace by the year 6000 A.D. Moreover, the man declares that tourists often travel into the past to observe important historical events. He even claims that our future society has solved one of the many paradoxes associated with time travel – by making visitors invisible and unable to influence events as they unfold.
What’s more, disease supposedly no longer exists in 6000 A.D., with a cure for cancer, for example, having arrived close to the present day. And, perhaps most interestingly of all, it seems that human government ultimately ceases to exist as well; instead, an artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged to take its place – and apparently, it’s doing a far better job.
In the video, the man actually describes this new system at length. “The AI is far smarter than humans, and it doesn’t make the same emotional kind of decisions that humans make,” he explains. “When humans make emotional decisions, sometimes they make them for the right reasons, but oftentimes they make them for the wrong reasons.”
The man also claims that computers have provided a form of immortality for humans, allowing us to upload our consciousnesses and thereby live forever. And for those concerned about the dangers of overpopulation, he has some reassurance. “We are able to actually shrink people to live in smaller cities and in smaller realities,” he explains.
For most of the video, the man offers little evidence to support his claims, mind you. In fact, other than an apparent bout of tears when he discusses a colleague supposedly forced to remain in the future, he displays little emotion throughout. He does, however, claim to have one piece of hard evidence to bolster his story: a photograph which he says was taken in 6000 A.D.
Unfortunately, though, the photo – much like the claim itself – is somewhat hazy on the details. Although the man states that the snap features an undisclosed future city, the image shown in the video is difficult to discern. “Now you may notice that the actual picture is a little distorted,” he admits. “That is because in the time-travel process, pictures tend to get distorted as well as many other things.”
Happily, the more general picture that the alleged time traveler paints of the future is reassuringly optimistic, with humans seemingly set to enjoy a good quality of life liberated from disease and even death. But just how much weight should we give his claims? Well, in the absence of any concrete information or facts, suffice to say that most are taking the video with a pinch of salt.
Either way, though, this is not the first time that apparent time travelers have caused a stir. For example, in 2000 a man known as John Titor built up a cult following online. In a series of posts on internet message boards, he claimed to be visiting the present from the year 2036. However, when his predictions about future events failed to materialize, he faded from the public eye.
Meanwhile, some claim that photographic evidence of time travel has emerged over the years. For instance, there has been much internet debate surrounding a snap taken at a bridge opening in Canada in 1941. In the pic, a man can be seen wearing what appears to be modern clothing. However, others have argued that the apparel, including distinctive sunglasses and a logo sweater, was actually available at the time.
Despite the occasional emergence of such stories online, though, the scientific consensus remains that time travel is either impossible or at least a long way off from happening. And although the ApexTV video has got people talking, its revelations are unlikely to be taken too seriously anytime soon. That said, if significant announcements about time travel are made in 2028, we may suddenly be looking to 6000 A.D. with renewed hope.