An Iranian scientist has claimed to have invented a ‘time machine’ that can predict the future of any individual with a 98 per cent accuracy.
Ali Razeghi, a Tehran scientist has registered “The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine” with the state-run Centre for Strategic Inventions.
Razeghi is the managing director of Iran’s Centre for Strategic Invention and reportedly has another 179 inventions registered in his name.
He says the device is the size of a laptop and uses a complex set of algorithms which took him ten years to develop, but has not revealed any concrete details about his invention.
Unlike the time-travelling DeLorean in hit film Back To The Future, Mr Razeghi said his device ‘will not take you into the future, it will bring the future to you.’
He claims the Iranian government, whose nuclear programme has caused concern around the world, can use his invention to predict military conflicts and forecast the fluctuations in the value of foreign currencies and oil.
“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.”
Razeghi said his latest project has been criticised by friends and relatives for “trying to play God” with ordinary lives and history, writes the Telegraph.
“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.
He added: “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.”
Meanwhile the “Centre for Strategic Inventions” for which he purportedly works does not appear in Google – outside of stories about his remarkable invention.
Iranian authorities are keen to showcase the technological prowess of the country but have been criticised in recent months for allegedly faking pictures of a new jet fighter flying over mountains.
In February, it proudly unveiled a stealth fighter jet at a ceremony attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but experts quickly expressed serious doubts about whether it could even fly.
A picture of the domestically produced Qaher-313 apparently soaring over Iranian mountains did little to curb scepticism amid claims the plane never actually left the ground, but was simply doctored using Photoshop, reports the Daily Mail.
Prior to that the government was accused of also faking claims that it successfully sent a monkey into space when before and after pictures appeared to show a markedly different animal.
Scientists in Tehran hailed the mission to send a simian 75 miles above Earth and back in a Kavoshgar rocket as a success.
But question marks were raised after the monkey presented to the nation as the heroic astronaut looked remarkably different than the one which made lift off.