An Iranian scientist has claimed to have created a working time machine, one that allows users to travel as far as eight years into the future.
Ali Razeghi, a scientist from Tehran, has registered "The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine" with the state-run Center for Strategic Inventions.
According to Razeghi, 27, the device can predict the future and print out the results after taking a reading from the touch of a user.
Razaeghi says the device can "predict five to eight years of the future life of any individual, with 98 percent accuracy" thanks to a set of complex algorithms it runs on.
"I have been working on this project for the last 10 years," he said. "My invention easily fits into the size of a personal computer case and can predict details of the next 5-8 years of the life of its users. It will not take you into the future, it will bring the future to you."
Knowing about the future before it actually happens could be really great. What would you like to know? Stock prices? World events? Whether you will fall into a miserable marriage or not? The possibilities seem endless.
Razeghi says the Iranian government can use it to predict military clashes it will have with other countries in the next few years.
If this crystal ball shows the United States, the ramifications of this invention could prove to be deadly. This isn’t Razeghi’s first invention, however, as he has 179 other inventions credited to him.
"Naturally a government that can see five years into the future would be able to prepare itself for challenges that might destabilize it," he said.
"As such we expect to market this invention among states as well as individuals once we reach a mass production stage."
Many are critical of Razeghi for this invention, as it seems as though he’s "trying to play God."
"This project is not against our religious values at all. The Americans are trying to make this invention by spending millions of dollars on it where I have already achieved it by a fraction of the cost," he said.
"The reason that we are not launching our prototype at this stage is that the Chinese will steal the idea and produce it in millions overnight."
We’re skeptical, but intrigued.