New thought-provoking research not only demonstrates impressive technology but also points out the subjectivity of our perception. US scientists claim to have created a device that can hide the whole events from a person, essentially making the time disappear.

This is, without doubt, very promising technology and in the future, it might do wonders that would resemble the plot of popular science fiction movies.

This announcement was made by Martin McCall, professor of theoretical physics at the Imperial College London, and then published in the leading scientific magazine Nature.

The research paper claims that it provides the first evidence that something like this is possible, even if during the experiment it happened within a tiny space of time.

How scientists made time disappear

According to Science magazine, a research team, led by professors Moti Fridman and Alexander Gaeta from Cornell University, by speeding up and slowing down different components of a beam of light were able to “hide” events lasting for 40 trillionths of a second.

Then these components of light were combined together and as a result, the observers could not see what was happening during the “hidden” time.

Whatever happened during these “hidden” milliseconds did not exist for the observers. In fact, people see something around them because the light gets to their eyes. If the light does not reach their eyes, then technically, the event does not exist for them. It could be comparable to a deleted scene from a movie.

The researchers state that in the future, the new invention might be combined with another technology of the kind that could “hide” objects, which means that together, they could make events “disappear” in both time and space.

This intriguing finding is another example of how subjective our perception is. In essence, we have no idea what objective reality is since we perceive the world around us through the prism of our physical senses and their limitations.


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