I have been watching an episode of the Twilight Zone where a businessman makes a pact with the Devil, which allows him to go back in time so that he can capitalize off of his knowledge about the future. It turns out though that the businessman’s knowledge about the future is all superficial and thus he is unable to jump start any technological advancements by traveling back in time. This would likely be the plight of most contemporary humans if they were sent back in time. While we rely greatly on technology, most of us don’t know much about how it actually works and where the materials to make it come from.
If you were to travel 2000 years into the past, how useful would you be in jumpstarting civilisation? This episode has got me thinking about how skilled we really are.