The first-ever "time machine" has been invented, claims Iranian scientist and business man Ali Razeghi, but it won't transport you to the past or future.
Despite the fact that no prototype exists for the device, the "The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine" was registered by Razeghi with the state-run Centre for Strategic Inventions, according to Britain's The Telegraph
However, the machine is nothing like the Michael J. Fox DeLorean time machine in the movie "Back to the Future," or Keanu Reeves' phone booth time machine in the movie "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure."
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According to the 27-year-old Razaeghi, who has reportedly registered 179 other inventions, the machine can predict the future by using a complex set of algorithms, generating a printout that will "predict five to eight years of the future life of any individual, with 98 percent accuracy."
The "time machine" will not physically transport someone from one period of time to another, Razaeghi told Iran's Fars state news agency.
"My invention easily fits into the size of a personal computer case," said Razaeghi. "It will not take you into the future, it will bring the future to you."
Razaeghi, who is the managing director of Iran's Centre for Strategic Inventions, claims to have been working on the "time machine" for the last 10 years.
According to the serial inventor, the machine will allow Iran to predict the possibility of a military confrontation with a foreign country, reported the Telegraph.
Additionally, the machine will allow the Iranian regime to predict oil price fluctuations and forecast the value of foreign currencies, said Razaeghi.
"Naturally a government that can see five years into the future would be able to prepare itself for challenges that might destabilise it," he said. "As such we expect to market this invention among states as well as individuals once we reach a mass production stage."
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When asked why the device has yet to be produced, Razeghi 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."
"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 added.
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