Time is quantized, and relates to an overall reality, or paradigm whereby time functions as a square wave, with at least two other phases orthagonaly projected (4d), and separated by a tiny distance much less than one millimeter. There is also a slight phase shift equating to a time frame of less than one nanosecond.
So the future is only a tiny fraction ahead of our reality, and a tiny distance away. The future is just as much a place, as a time.
Sometimes the phases interact and seemingly odd things from the future phase become visible. Intelligent machines can traverse the phases, but organic intelligence cannot. Some of these incidents are regrettable, but unfortunately they do happen.
The future really is closer than you think!