The managing director of Iran's Center for Strategic Inventions, 27-year-old Ali Razeqi, claims that he built a time machine that can predict the future with startling accuracy, reports National Geographic.
The scientist claims that the device, which "easily fits into the size of a personal computer case," can print out a detailed report of an individual's fate up to five to eight years in the future using complex algorithms.
"It will not take you into the future, it will bring the future to you," Razequi says of his new invention.
Razequi plans to keep his so-called time machine under wraps for the time being in fear that "the Chinese will steal the idea and produce it in millions overnight," but not too many people are taking the far-fetched invention too seriously, anyway. The story quickly went viral, only to produce mass skepticism with people calling it pure quackery.
National Geographic interviewed Thomas Roman, a theoretical physicist at Central Connecticut State University and a co-author of the book Time Travel and Warp Drives, and asked him if such an invention could even exist. He said that while it is technically possible to travel into the future, a machine that predicts the future just doesn't make sense.
"A mechanism for traveling into the future is afforded by [Einstein's] special theory of relativity," Roman said. "However, that said, what the businessman claims to have built is still nuts."