Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/08/02/apple_speed_of_light/

Apple, BT smash lightspeed barrier

Humanity faster than we knew

By Lucy Sherriff

Posted in Media, 2nd August 2006 14:49 GMT

Good news, everybody. While we've all been labouring under the impression that travelling at the speed of light is some kind of unattainable dream, today we have learned that either humanity has already smashed through the light barrier, or that we will do so by around 2051. Time travel is also bound to have been sussed by then.

The most optimistic report comes from the Apple iTunes store. The free single of the week for this week is a little ditty by Irish band Bell X-1. The blurb next to the download button cheerfully informs us that "The Bell X-1 was the first airplane to fly faster than the speed of light".

Apple breaks the news we've all been waiting for

But if that isn't good enough for you, we have also received news from the BT futurology department. Seems tomorrow is the 80th anniversary of traffic lights. Good, eh? To celebrate, BT's Mystic Megs have put together a timeline of transport milestones for the next fifty years or so.

Cars with automatic steering, 2008 - 2012

Speed controlled automatically, 2011-2015

Fully automated-piloted cars, 2016-2020

Time travel invented, 2051 onwards

Faster than light travel, 2051 onwards

Marvellous. ®