Phone call to the 14th century

If you had 30 seconds to give advice to someone living in the 14th century, what you tell them? Great segment from recent This American Life.

“Sketch comedy troupe Kasper Hauser performs a radio game show, where a race car driver, a guy fluent in middle English, and a teacher take turns cramming all the 21st century wisdom they can into a 30 second phone call to the 14th century.”

It’s a funny bit but what could you tell them that they would believe? If you received a phone call from 500 years in the future, would you believe it? Could you buy that human and machine intelligence had merged, for example. Could you even believe it was possible to make a call back in time?

I, for one, am reassured that we are incapable of imagining the future.

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