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The Risks and Benefits of Technology Advancement and Artificial Intelligence in the 21st Century

  • The development of technology over the past 50 years has allowed for advances in communication, weapons and surveillance
  • However, it can also be misused to cause harm
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a potential threat in that it could take over the world and humans would lose control
  • AI researchers have proposed solutions such as alignment and capability control to ensure human control remains
  • Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates have expressed concerns about AI’s potential risks
  • Autonomous cars are being developed, but still require human drivers and face obstacles such as chaotic inner-city environments, hacking susceptibility, navigating animals and weather conditions, communication spectrum competition and road infrastructure alteration.

The Dangers and Benefits of Nanotechnology: Examining the Security vs. Privacy Debate

  • Nanotechnology has the potential to be beneficial, but also presents several dangers such as particles entering the body and causing cell damage
  • Tracking of individuals with nano technology is a concern, as is weaponization of drones
  • Facial recognition technologies have been used in China to surveil and detain protesters, who are taking measures to block their identities from these cameras
  • Lastly, facial recognition can be used for marketing purposes without people knowing how their faces are being used, which presents a dilemma of whether security is worth giving up privacy.

Revolutionary Weapons and Global Sustainability: Examining the Impact of Agenda 21

  • Agenda 21, initially intended as a non-binding statement of intent on global sustainability, has been transformed in the U.S. into a secret plot to impose totalitarian world government
  • Drones are being used for commercial and military purposes, while malicious actors are also leveraging them to carry out attacks
  • XM-25 grenade launcher and HEAB high explosive air burst rounds are two advanced weapons being used in warfare
  • Robotic weapons have been developed, however they have yet to be deployed
  • MARS system is equipped with four grenade launchers and a machine gun which can pack up to 400 round of ammunition.

Military Developments: A Focus on Lightweight, Non-Lethal Weapons

  • The military is looking for a strong, lighter weapon and has developed a range of non-lethal devices to achieve this
  • Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADs), drones, flash bang grenades, improved flash bang grenades and taser shock wave barriers can all be used to repel attackers
  • Laser pointers and the LA9P are also used to give warnings before more drastic action is taken
  • Larger lasers like the Laser Avenger have been developed with the capacity to shoot down drones and other vehicles, as well as being able to disable IEDs
  • Finally, real-time translation devices similar to those used in Star Trek are now available, although complete real-time communication is still some way off.

Mysteries of US Air Forces Advanced Technologies and Rumored Secret Space Program Revealed

  • The US Air Force has developed advanced propulsion and aerospace technologies, such as ion drives, plasma propulsion engines, and the X37B Space Plane
  • Researchers have created a real hologram using volumetric displays and ultra sonic sensors are aiding in prosthetic finger control
  • Technology exists to support the newly created Space Force, although the missions remain top secret
  • Rumors suggest there is a secret space program that began after the Roswell incident.

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[dramatic synthetic music][deep tones][narrator]Up until about 20 years agotiny computers,smart phones, instantmessaging and video conferencingwere all fanciful sciencefiction inventions.Now they're so ubiquitous wehardly give thema second thought.Most of these technologies aregood for mankindbut as with everything itcan be misused and turnedinto nefarious tech thatcan haunt us our entire lives.[dramatic synthesized music][ominous music][disconcerting music]In the past 50 years, technologyhas leaped forward from thetransistor radio to cell phonesand satellite communication.Weapons have advanced as well assurveillance systems.Today anyone can havetheir 15 minutes of famejust by streaming a videoof themselves worldwide.We get our news instantly,we can talk globally to anyoneand we have medical inventionsto make our lives better.But in the hands ofscrupulous people these sametechnologies can be usedto track our every move,motivate us to vote in aspecific direction,invade our bodies and spy on us.We have become dependent on thetechnologies wetake for grantedand thosetechnologies are poisedto take over theworld we live inand perhaps make us theirminions.[ominous music]One of the most relevanttheories is that artificialintelligence may oneday take over the world.An AI takeoveris a hypotheticalscenario in which artificialintelligencebecomes the dominantform of intelligence on Earth.With computers orrobots effectively taking thecontrol of the planet awayfrom the human species.Possible scenariosinclude replacementof the entire human work force,takeover by a super intelligentAIand the popular notion of arobot uprising.Some public figuressuch as Stephen Hawkingand Elon Musk haveadvocated research intoprecautionary measuresto ensure future superintelligent machinesremain under human control.[ominous music]The AI control problemis the issue of how tobuild a super intelligentagent that will aid it'screators and avoidinadvertently building asuper intelligence thatwill harm its creators.Some scholarsargue that solutionsto the control problem mightalso find applicationsin existingnon-super intelligent AI.Major approaches to the controlproblem include alignment,which aims to align AI goalsystems with human valuesand capability controlwhich aims to reduce an AI'ssystems capacity to harmhumans or gain control.An example of capability controlis to research whether a superintelligent AI could besuccessfullycombined in an AI box.According to Bostrom, suchcapability controlproposals are notreliable orsufficient to solve thecontrol problemin the long termbut may potentiallyact as valuablesupplements toalignment efforts.Physicist Stephen Hawking,Microsoft founder BillGates and Space X founderElon Musk have expressedconcerns about the possibilitythat AI could developto the point that humanscould not control it.With Hawkingtheorizing that thiscould spell the endof the human race.[disconcerting music]Stephen Hawking said in2014 that success in creatingAI would be the biggestevent in human history.Unfortunately itmight also be the lastunless we learnhow to avoid the risks.Hawking believed thatin the coming decades,AI could offer incalculablebenefits and risks.Such as technologyoutsmarting financialmarkets,out inventing human researchers,out manipulating humanleaders and developingweapons that wecannot even understand.In January 2015,Nick Bostrom joinedStephen Hawking,Max Tegmark, ElonMusk, Lord Martin Rees,Jan Tullinand numerousother AI researchersin signing the Future of LifeInstitute's openletter speaking to thepotential risks andbenefits associatedwith artificial intelligence.The signatories believe thatresearch on how to make AIsystems robust and beneficialis both important and timely.And that there areconcrete researchdirections that canbe pursued today.[intense ominous music][face paced dramatic music]An autonomous car is a vehiclethat is capable of sensingits environment andnavigating without human inputand many such vehicles are beingdeveloped.But as of May 2017 automatedcars permittedon public roads arenot yet fully autonomous.They allrequire a humandriver at the wheelwho is ready at a moments noticeto take control of the vehicle.Among one of thethe main obstacles towidespread adoption ofautonomous vehicles areconcerns about theresulting loss of drivingrelated jobs in theroad transport industry.On March 18, 2018 thefirst human was killed by anautonomous vehicle in Arizonaby an Uber self driving car.Self driving carscombine a variety ofsensors to perceivetheir surroundings,such as radar,lidar, sonar, gps,odometry and inertialmeasurement units.Advanced controlsystems interpretsensory information to identifyappropriatenavigation paths as wellas obstacles andrelevant signage.[tense music]Connected vehicle platoons andlong distancetrucking are seen asbeing at theforefront of adoptingand implementing the technology.PC Magazine definesa self driving car as acomputer controlledcar that drives itself.The Union of ConcernedScientists statesthat self driving carsare cars or trucks inwhich human driversare never required totake control to safelyoperate the vehicle.Also known as autonomousor driverless cars. They combinesensors and software to control,navigate and drive the vehicle.[ominous music]Possible technologicalobstacles forautomated cars areartificial intelligenceis still not able toproperly functionin chaotic innercity environments.A car's computercould potentially becompromised ascould a communicationsystem between cars. A car couldbe hacked andturned into a weapon.Susceptibility ofcar sensing andnavigation systemsto different types ofweather such assnow or deliberateinterference,included jamming and spoofing.Avoidance of largeanimals requiresrecognition andtracking and Volvo foundthat software suited to caribou,deerand elk,was ineffective with kangaroos.Autonomous carsmay require very highquality specializedmaps to operate properly.Were these maps may beout of date they would needto be able to fall backto reasonable behaviors.[tense music]Competition for theradio spectrum desiredfor the carscommunication is an issue.Field programmability for thesystems will require carefulevaluation ofproduct developmentand the component supply chainand current roadinfrastructure may needchanges for automatedcars to function optimally.One may bring up the adage:"Just because you cando a thing doesn't meanthat you should do a thing."People are wary of self drivingcars and often don't trust them.Due to this and technologyfactors, we may be a long wayoff from seeing a daywhen all cars are self driving.[upbeat music]In science fiction we often seethe use of nanotechnology.Tiny robots that canenter the body andrepair cells or accomplishcures to a disease.But nano particleshave been aroundsince the 50's andrecent advancementsmakes this something we will seemore of today and in the future.There are several dangers withthis kind of technology, though.Nano particles are likely to bedangerous forthree main reasons.Nano particles may damage thelungs.We know that the ultra fineparticles from diesel machines,powerplants andincinerators can causeconsiderable damageto human lungs.This is both becauseof their size as theycan get deepinto the lungs, and alsobecause they carryother chemicals includingmetals andhydrocarbons in with them.Nano particles can getinto the body throughthe skin,lungs and digestive system.This may help createfree radicals whichcan cause cell damageand damage to the DNA.There's also concern thatonce nano particles are in thebloodstream they'll be able tocross the blood-brain barrier.The human body hasdeveloped a tolerance to mostnaturally occurring elementsand molecules that ithas contact with. It hasno natural immunity to newsubstances and is morelikely to find them toxic.There's also the introduction ofnano particlesor technology thatcould be injectedinto person allowingother technologiesto track them.These particles can also besprayed or introduced into theenvironment onthe battle field totrack whole armies,or attack them.The particles then may harmanyone in that environment.Though there arepositive uses fornanotechnology suchas in the medical field,the introduction ofany foreign technologyinto the body canbe very dangerous.Vaccines with nanotechnologymay attack a virus butalso harm healthy cellswithin the body or may be usedto track the individual whoaccepted the vaccine thatcan be triggered to makeyou get sick, even kill you.Nanotechnology is alreadya huge industry with billionsof dollars being spent onresearch and developmentworldwide. There's still agreat deal to learn aboutboth the potential benefitsand risks of the technology.Nevertheless, mostexperts agree that the use ofnano technology in electronics,the pharmaceuticalindustry and in areassuch as medical imaging isoutstripping ourunderstanding of the OHS risks.Nano technologycould lead to significantdevelopments in medicine,manufacturingand computing.However it may alsobring significantnew health hazards.[disconcerting music][tense music]Tracking Americancitizens has becomea major issue in the past decadewith the emergenceof drones bothin the military andcorporate world.At almost any given time,wherever you are it is likely acamera is recording yourmovements, especially in a city.The combination ofsurveillance drones andfacial recognition hasmade this much easier.Even commercial toydrones have the abilityto follow you simplyby looking at you.Drones have been used tointentionally cause harm.It's the mostdangerous because they'rethe bad actors that havenefarious intentions.Drones are beingused for illicitactivities which include but arenot limited totransport of illegaldrugs,dropping leaflets into NFLstadiums,dropping contraband suchas drugs, cell phones,cigarettesand weapons into prison yards.Andin some cases carrying weapons.In one case a dronehelped an inmateescape from acorrectional facility.To further validateconcerns the US military hasidentified a number ofways that commercial off theshelf drones have beenweaponized with intentions toattack US war fighters ormilitary bases over seas.There are two othercomplications when it comes toaddressing potentialdrone threats. First, there'sa combination of 21federal rules and regulationsprohibiting the use ofcounter drone technology.The second issue isthat, until recently, droneswere not required to beregistered and there is alarge number of unregistereddrones which make itextremely difficult toidentify the drone pilot.This is especiallyimportant to identifyfriend from foe.Additionally there isno single counter dronetechnology that addressesall the variousdrone technologies.One obvious considerationis understandingthe implications of taking downa drone while flyingover people andthe possible injuryto those people.Drones can also beused to spy on you andcombined with othertechnologies such aslistening devicesand IR scanners, theycan watch you andrecord your movements.Every new technologycomes with the possibility ofbeing used for undesirableor dangerous purposes.The future of droneswill require a balance ofenabling drones for good,countering drones forbad and a comprehensive airtraffic management systemthat encompasses mannedand unmanned aircraft.[dramatic music][upbeat music]Protesters in Hong Kongare taking extraordinarymeasures to protecttheir identities.That's becausefacial recognitiontechnologies in China have beenused to surveiland detain peoplesuspected ofcrimes in the region.Having their faces beingrecognized by camerascould have devastatingconsequences for protesters.These protestersare using varioustechniques to throwoff facial recognitioncameras,including lasers that thecameras can'tprocess or recognize.Full coverage gasmasks and ear wear.They have put upumbrellas aroundcameras to blockthem and even torndown facial recognition towers.Facial recognition is apolarizing topicand is sometimesseen as a problematicdevelopmentin surveillance capitalism.People generally don't givepermission or evenknow they're beingtracked. They also don't knowhow their faces are being used.For example, when youwalk into most retail storesthere is a security camerathere to ward off theft.However, that camera could bedoing much more than wardingoff theft. It could use yourface for other databases sothe store can market to youand build a behavior profilethat links yourin-store activitywith your online activity.Think about how Amazonbuilt its facial recognitiontechnology. It curated photosof your online profiles and yourshopping experiences as wellas images from its Ring Doorbellsecurity application andput together a profile of you.So is security worth giving upyour privacy?The problem is thatfacial recognitionsoftware is calibratedto white men, thereforeit misidentifiespeople of color andespecially women ofcolor at alarming rates.Increasing the riskthat certain groupswill be incorrectlyassociated with crimes.Currently thereare no transparentrules on how facialrecognition data canbe used and howit can be shared. Insome cases it hasbeen ruled as lawful.It's a lot to hand over yourface to unlimited entitieswho have not figured outthe rules for using that data.We may never reach theplace where our faces determineour social standing,as is the case in Hong Kong butwill it determine our creditratings? Our job prospects?These are degrees of invasionthat are still possible.It's time to protectyour privacylike you wereprotesting against anauthoritarian government.Think ofit as if your lifeand the lives ofyour family andfriends depends onit.Not to suggest you walk aroundwith masks on allday but be morediligent about whatyou post online.Share photos andvideos of familyand friends on a secure network,understand thatwhen you buy personalassistant devicesyou're giving upintimate detailsabout your self,your family and your friends,and youhave no transparencyon how thoseintimate details arebeing shared or used.Put covers on yourdevice cameras and onlyuncover them whenyou're using the camera.You can't stop camerasfrom picking up your face andstoring it but you can takecontrol whenever possible.Businesses and organizationsalso have an obligationto their users and customersto protect their rights.Privacy is one of thosefundamental rights, one that weshould enjoy inour digital worldas well as in our physical one.Without the protectionof those rights aroundtechnology like facialrecognition, we may endup in a place both asbusinesses and individualswhere there is noescape from surveillanceand that sort ofdystopia is not theworld wewant to live in.[upbeat music]There should bemore regulation aroundfacial recognitionand both as individualsand organizationswe should be fightingagainst improper usageof facial recognition.Get behind some ofthe facial recognitionlegislation that is beingproposed. One exampleis the CommercialFacial Recognition PrivacyAct of 2019,proposed in Washington, DC.In which would prohibitcommercial users offacial recognitiontechnology from collectingand re-sharing datafor identifying ortracking customerswithout their consent.Microsoft presidentBrad Smith hasspoken out insupport of the bill.In the meantime, in the absenceof solid laws,opt for privacy andbe transparent about the wayyou allowthe use of your data.[upbeat music][disconcerting music]Have you been chipped?Implementing chips inhumans has privacy and securityimplications that go wellbeyond cameras in public places.Facial recognition, tracking ofour locations,our driving habits,our spending histories and evenbeyond ownership of your data.This topic touchesupon your hand, yourheart, your brain and therest of your body. Literally.This new development isset to give a very differentmeaning to hackingthe body or bio hacking.While cyber expertscontinue to worryabout protectingcritical infrastructureand mitigatingsecurity risks that couldharm the economyor cause a loss of life.Implanted chips alsoeffect health but add in newdimensions that conflictwith people's religious beliefs.RFID microchips embedded underthe skin with a procedurethat's alreadycheap and available,provide a digitalinterface to thereal world,centered about the holdersidentity,credit card information,bus pass,library card and many othersources of informationyou currentlycarry in your purse or wallet.And it can instead be stored onan RFID chip under your skin.[disconcerting sounds]However getting chippedcould be a way to controlyou. When guns are pairedto the chips in their owners,revolutionary heroes canno longer break into theiroppressors arsenal to turntheir firepower against them.Putting so muchimportance on a deviceonly availableto those that seekit out requireskeeping close tabs onits availabilityand affordability.If the advantages effectivelydisadvantage those whochoose not to participate,gaps between classes may widen.In a world controlledentirely by chipswithin your skin,its possible that hackersand evil doers couldscan and replicatethe data on yourchips onto their own,effectively replacing yourphysical presence which isnotably different from juststealing digital credentials.Every Hollywoodmovie has taught us thatimplanted microchipsare primarily for bigbrother,governments and corporations tocontinuously trackour every whereabouts.This is a real concern thatneeds to be handled with privacycontrols and good securitypractices from the get go.In a world where youpurchase food witha chip in yourhand, it's not hard tothink that somepeople might preferto use a card intheir wallet instead.However, it's also not hard toimagine a world in whichthe benefits of a microchipmandate its usage.Basically requiringeveryone to receive amicrochip, or starve,lose their job, etcetera.[ominous music]One of the benefitsof a microchip isit's invisible to thosewho don't knowabout it. Making itharder for thieves andadversaries to stealyour information.However this advantageis a double edged swordwhen you consider thatpeople could potentiallybe oblivious to microchips,implanted by othersin themselves whilesleeping or unconscious.[tense upbeat music]Biblical apocalypticsclaim it could be the mark ofthe beast indicating thebeginning of revelations.There is currently nogovernment agency thatoversees or controlsneuro-electric interfaceenhancements, with theclosest bodybeing the FDA due toits broad jurisdictionover medical devices.The long term health risksof implanting microchipsin humans is relatively unknown.On one handhuman micro chippinghas been green lightedaround the world byvarious authoritativebodies,including the FDA in America.[tense upbeat music][upbeat tribal drum beat]It may seem we live in a sciencefiction world,after all we have a spacestation in orbit.We've been to themoon and newadvanced satellites bringus information fromaround the planet.But that worldcould turn out to bea dystopian empirewhere the populationis controlled andherded in line.At the conclusion of theJune 1992 United NationsConference on Environment andDevelopment in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil. President George H.W. Bush and the leaders of177 other nations signed adocument known as agenda 21.At the time it was seenas a perfectly sensibleplanning paper.A non-binding statementof intent aimed atdealing with sustainabilityon an increasinglycrowded planet.Butin the 22 years since that day,at the hands ofgroups like the JohnBirch society,Agent 21 has beentransformed inmuch of the Americanpublic's mind intoa secret plot toimpose a totalitarianworld government.A nefarious effortto crush freedomin the name of environmentalism.Some say Agenda 21 willlead to a new Dark Agesof pain and misery yetunknown to mankind. It isa comprehensive plan ofutopian environmentalism,social engineering andglobal political control.The most dangerous threatto America's sovereigntyyet and technologywill make it possible.It will make our nationa vassal of the UN,result in the destructionof our lives, forcerural areas,populations to be decimated andlead to having 90% of thepopulation murdered.The end thesecritics all agree will be theimposition of a collectivistworld government.Several politicians areaware of the agenda withstate and local authoritiespassing legislationto ban it. The list offears include one-worldcurrency, one religion if any,one military, noprivate property,no family units, mandatoryvaccines, microchipsfor everyone, social creditsystems, 5G monitoringand the government raisingyour children andcontrolling all the schools.People would not be able to owncars or businesses as everythingwill be managed either bycorporations or governments.[upbeat disconcerting music]In an Agenda 21 worldyou would have to bemicro chipped so thetechnology could trackyou. What you buyand where you go woulddepend on yourcompliance with the agenda.Technology wouldtrack your everymove with facial recognition,microchips, drones and othersophisticated tracing science.All of the technology neededto do this is already in playnow with more new technologiesbeing developed every year.We are all movingtoward a one-worldgovernment faster thanpreviously predicted.The increasing use ofdrones for commercialpurposes has becomeone of the biggest emergingthreats to the future ofairplane safety accordingto Allianz GlobalCorporate and Specialty.The expected rise in theuse of drones or unmannedaerial vehicles for a hostof different applications mayleave operators exposedto a whole new set of risksincluding third partydamage or injury and liability.One of the biggest risks, itsaid, wasfrom radio frequencyinterferenceresulting in loss of control andin worse case scenario,fatalities.Other problems includeinvasion or privacy,aerial surveillanceand data collection.Privacy advocatescontend that with drones, thegovernment will be ableto engage in widespreadpervasive surveillancebecause drones are cheaperto operate than theirmanned counterparts.Drones are being usedby law enforcementand border control surveillanceteams in caseof essential supplies,however, drones arenot being usedexclusively by good guys.In case of natural disasters,search and rescue teams employthem to gather information,or to drop essential supplies.However, drones are not beingused exclusively by good guys.Bad guys are leveragingdrones to achievetheir malicious objectives,beingeasy to control, drones can beused to performdifferent attacks.The reliance onwireless communicationsmake dronesvulnerable to variousattacks. These attacks can havedrastic effectsincluding commercialand non-commercial losses.In thiscontext there isa lack of properunderstanding onhow hackers performtheir attacks andhijack a dronein order to interceptit or even crash it. Infact, drones can also becompromised for maliciouspurposes hence thereis a need to detect themand prevent them fromcausing any damage.With a drone you could befollowed anywhere and tracked,military drones are alreadybeing deployed on thebattlefield for surveillance.It would be a simplestep to bring them homeand use them to track citizens.In August of 2018 a droneled assassination attempt wasfoiled when two drones wrappedwith explosives were usedto assassinate the VenezuelanPresident. They were shotdown by snipers, injuringeight soldiers and one civilian.Actually, dronesare being used byinsurgents and terrorists alike.Drones were used by ISIS to dropbombs and to filmpropaganda videos inconflict zones suchas the targetingof Iraq and Syrianmilitary personnel.Being quiet and performingat altitude, you wouldnever know if you werebeing observed by a drone.Justification forsurveillance of citizensare in court casesnow around the country.[tense somber music][upbeat high pitched music]Many futuristic weaponsare already beingused on the battlefield today.The militaryis always poised foradvanced weaponssystems and developingnew weapons yearly.The XM-25 grenade launcher isequipped with a laserrange finder andon board computer. It packs amagazine of four25mm projectiles andprograms themto detonate as theypass by their targets.That featurewill allow soldiers to strikeenemies whoare taking cover.By 2012 the army has armedevery infantry squad andspecial forces unit with atleast one of the big guns.In August a luckysoldier got to pullthe trigger and fireoff an HEAB highexplosive air burstround at the Aberdeentesting ground in Maryland.Thoseprojectiles pack quiet a punch.Theywere purposely 300%more effective thannormal ammo andwill be able to striketargets as far as2300 feet away.Remotely operated weapons areshowing up everywhere. Israel isbuilding an automated kill zone.An American firm,Moore Industries,offers turret that can aim andfire two automatic shotguns.Somerobots have beendefusing bombs foryears but none have seen combat.According to Lieutenant GeneralRick Lynch who believes that 122men could have been spared ifcombat robots had been working.There was a set of armed robotssent to Iraq. They never fireda shot, however. They weren'tallowed to.No one could guaranteethat the robotswouldn't go berserkand mow down friendly troopsor otherwise malfunction eventhough they havelots of safeguards.Considering how muchfirepower they pack, safeguardsare really important.The MARS system can beequipped with four grenadelaunchers and a machinegun that packs 400 roundsof 7.62 caliber ammunition.But it's manufacturers like topoint out its lesslethal capabilities.Instead of mowingpeople down, itcan stick to thefine print of thefirst law ofrobotics and fire teargas canisters,smoke grenades, smokebombs and perhapseven tasers upcoming40mm people zapper projectile.Three were deployed in Iraq lastyear.The active denialsystem fires a beamof millimeter wave radiation.It makespeople feel liketheir skin is burningwithout causing anypermanent damage.Though promising asa nonlethal weapon,the pain rate hassome serious limits.On a rainy daywater droplets willdisperse the beamand it may feel warm andrefreshing insteadof frightening, on ahot day the coolingsystem might give out.The problems don't stop there.Ratheon'sbaby is bulky anddespite repeatedrequests to send itinto battle, shipmentsof the energy weaponhave been delayed.The military is looking for astrong lighter weapon.[laid back music]If troops spot someonesuspicious approaching them,they canuse the long range acousticdevice to send awarning message.It fires narrow beams ofsound waves that can be heardclearly from about 1000 feetaway. Crank up the power andit can emit a warning toneso loud that anyone in itspath would have no choicebut to cover their ears and run.The manufacturerdoesn't like to call thesedevices weapons eventhough they've been usedto repel pirates.Cops used them to harassprotesters at the G20summit in Pittsburgh.Drones are arguably the mostcontroversialweapon in the war onterror. By some accounts theyare deeply fearedby the Taliban.They've taken outAl-Qaeda and Talibanleaders and their soundwhen flying low is aconstant annoyanceand reminder of theirmenace. But they alsokill a lot of civilians.They are, however, farmore cost effective thansupersonic fighter jets.Predators can pack two HellFire missiles. Their bigbrothers, Reapers, can holdfour Hell Fires and upto two 500 pound bombs.Flash bang grenadeswere designed to stunpeople but they have apretty bad safety record.The little bombs havedismembered at least onesoldier and causedhearing loss in others.To remedy that problem, MarkGrubelich and his colleaguesat Sandia National Laboratorybuilt the improved flash banggrenade. It hurls flamingaluminum particles into the aircausing a bright flash withoutan accompanying shock wave.Even the angriestmobs would probablythink twice abouttrying to pass ataser shock wave barrier.It's the lesslethal equivalentof a claymore mine.Push the big red buttonand it will fire 24 electrifiedprobes at the sametime in a single direction.After learning about anexperimentalweapon that can makepeople feel seasick, Limor Friedand Phil Torronemore decided tobuild their own. They did itfor less than $250 dollars andwrote step by step instructionsso anyone can make one at home.It can cause a nauseating lightshow with 36 pulsating LED's.Now if you're worriedthat someones aboutto attack you, butnot completely sure oftheir intent,it's a good idea to givethem a warning beforepulling the trigger.Green laser pointers are a greatway to extend that courtesy.The marines like to call themocular interruption devices.Shine one in someone'sface and your target shouldimmediately get the messagethat it's time to back off.The LA9P made by B.E. Meyers can warnpeople from up to 2and a half miles away.It fires a 250 milliwatt beam.That's roughly one fourth thestrength smallestanti-aircraft lasers.Even so, you've gotto be careful whenhandling the thing.Over a few monthsin Iraq,a dozen soldiers werewounded indazzler friendly fire.Several troops mayhave been injuredwhile monkeyingaround with laser targetdisintegrators whichare substantiallymore powerful thanthe less lethal devices.And behold the Laser Avenger.A cannon that can be usedto take down incomingenemy aircraft. Boeing was ableto shoot a drone down out ofthe sky with a Hummer mountedlaser even though it's notparticularly high powered.It cooked theremote control aircraftusing a somewhatfeeble one-kilowatt beam.More recently, the companyshot down another UAV usinga low-powered laserpaired with its mobile activetargeting resource forintegrated experiments ormatrix system during a testin White Sands, New Mexico.Northrop Grummanis hard at work ona 100 kilowattlaser weapon whichcould do far moredamage but it'snot quiet ready for prime time.It's fully operational but lookslike a refrigerator.Boeing announcedin December that theAvenger has been usedto destroy 50 differentimprovised explosive devicesduring tests atRedstone Arsenal in Huntsville,Alabama.[upbeat music][disconcerting music]Science fiction has always beena median for futuristicimagination. And whiledifferent colored aliens andintergalactictravel are yet to bediscovered, there is an array oftechnologies that are no longerfigments of theimagination thanksto the world of science fiction.Some of the creative inventionsthat have appearedin family favoritemovies like Backto the Future andTotal Recall arenow at the forefrontof modern technology.While exploring space,characters such as CaptainKirk and Spock would come acrossalien life who spoke a differentlanguage.To understand the galacticforeigners the StarTrek charactersused a device that immediatelytranslated the aliens'unusual language.Star Trek's UniversalCommunicatorwas first seen onscreen as Spocktampered with it inorder to communicatewith a non-biological entity.Although the ideain Star Trek was tocommunicate withintelligent alien life, a devicecapable of breakingdown language barrierswould revolutionizereal time communication.Now products suchas SourceNex PocketTalk and Skype'snew voice translationservices arecapable of providinginstantaneous translationbetween languages.Flawless real-time communicationis far off but the technologicaladvancementsover the last decademean this feat is within reach.The idea behindbeaming someone up wasthat a person couldbe broken down intoan energy form andthen convertedback into matterat their destination.Transporting peoplethis way on StarTrek's USS Enterprisehad been aroundsince the very beginning of theseries,debuting in the pilot episode.Scientists haven't figuredout how to transport humansyet but they can teleportballs of energy knownas photons. In this caseteleportation is basedon a phenomenon knowas quantum entanglement.This refers to a conditionin quantum mechanics wheretwo entangledparticles may be very far fromone another yet remainconnected so that actionsperformed on one effect theother regardless of distance.The information exchangebetween the two photons occursat least 10,000 timesfaster than the speed of light.Not long into the first StarWars movie, Obi-Wan Kenobireceives a holographic message.By definition, a hologram isa 3D image created from theinterference oflight beams from alaser onto a 2D surfaces andcan only be seen in one angle.In 2018, researchers fromBrigham Young Universityin Utah created a real hologram.Their techniquecalled volumetric displayworks like an Etch-a-Sketchtoy but usesparticles at high speeds.With lasers, researchers cantrap particles and move theminto a designated shape whileanother set of lasers emit red,green and blue light into theparticle and create an image.But so far this can only happenon extremely small scales.After losing hishand Luke Skywalkerreceives a bionicversion that has all thefunctions of a normal hand.This scenariois now more feasiblethan the previous one.Researchers from theGeorgia University ofTechnology in Atlanta,Georgia have been developing away for amputeesto control each of theirprosthetic fingers usingan ultra sonic sensor.In the movie Skywalker'sprosthesis uses electromagneticsensors attached to his muscles.The sensorscan be switched into differentmodes and are controlledby the flexing orcontracting of his muscles.The prosthesiscreated by the GeorgiaTech researchers,however, uses machinelearning and ultrasound signals todetect fine fingerby finger movement.Orbiting Earth in 2001 aSpace Odyssey is SpaceStation V,a large establishment located inlow Earth orbit whereastronauts can bouncearound in micro gravity.Does this sound familiar?The Space Station Vprovided inspiration forthe InternationalSpace Station which hasbeen orbiting the Earthsince 1998 and currentlyaccommodates up to6 astronauts at a time.Although Space Station Vappears much more luxuriousthe ISS has accomplishedmuch more science.The ISS has beenfundamental in microgravityresearch since the startof its construction in 1998.Tablets are wonderful handheld computers that canbe controlled at the pressof a finger. These handydevices are used by peopleacross the globe and evenfurther upwards in theInternational Space Station.Apple claims tohave invented thetablet with therelease of its iPad.However, Samsungmade an extremelyinteresting casein court that Applewas wrong.Stanley Kubrick and SirArthur C. Clarke did it byincluding the device in thein the movie "2001:A Space Odyssey"released in 1968. In the film,Dr. David Bowman and Dr. FrankPoole watch news updates fromtheir flat screen computerswhich they called news pads.Samsung claimed that these newspads were the original tabletfeatured in a filmover 40 years beforethe first iPad arrived in 2010.[curious music]We may even becloser to an actual warpdrive for space travel.An ion thrusteror ion drive isa form of electricpropulsion used forspace craft propulsion.It creates thrustby acceleratingions using electricity.This engine wasused on Deep SpaceOne and the DawnNASA spacecraft.A plasma propulsion engineis a type of electric propulsionthat generates thrust froma quasi-neutral plasma.While most plasma engines arestill confined tothe laboratory,some have been actively flyingand used on missions.As of 2011, NASApartnered with the aerospacecompany Busek andlaunched the first Hall Effectthruster, aboard theTacSat-2 satellite. Thethruster was the satellite'smain propulsion system.Actual warp drive isstill far into the future,but as more of theseadvanced propulsionsystems are developed,the idea is not onlyfeasible but now we knowit can actually be done.[dramatic sounds]Shrouded in mystery,the existence of a secretspace program is aclosely guarded secret.But information from governmentwhistle blowers, intelligenceoperatives,and former astronautshave been surfacing for decades.In 2020,America launched the SpaceForce,a new branch of the US Military.Along with the Air Forcethe new Space Force willbe in charge of all militaryneeds in outer space.Many question the need for sucha program.We already had the Space Commanddepartment of the Air Force.Some speculatethe need may be afear of extra terrestrialinvasion or influenceon the planet.[eery sounds]Technology already existsfor the new space force to takeover. For example, the X37BSpace Plane is now in use.Much like the oldspace shuttles, the X37Bcan be tasked withseveral secret missions.Though it is unmanned, or so weare told.The strange thingabout this spaceplane, is that itsmission is top secret.No one apart from a tinyhandful of top militaryexperts know what theaircraft is tasked to do.What we do knowis that the aircraft,also known as anorbital test vehicle,will deploy asatellite into orbit andalso test powerbeaming technology.The small plane is unmanned,whichmeans there are no astronautson board the vehicle. It iscontrolled remotely from Earth.It is able to fly back down toEarth and landon a runway like astandard airplane. Meaning itcan be re-launchedover and over.The pentagon,a top military building whereAmerica's mostsenior military officialswork,has revealed very few detailsabout the aircraft'smissions in the past.Although it isoften referred to asa spy plane,the US Air Force hasnever confirmed if the rocket ismonitoring othercountries or satellites.Some experts havepreviously said it wouldbe difficult to monitorother satellites. Itshould be noted alsothat China has a secretspace vehicle butlittle is known about it.We may never know what thesecret mission really is.But the secret space programgoes much deeper thanjust one spy plane.Rumors have persistedfor decades that theUSA has such a program.Allegedly it beganafter the Roswell incident,when Americacame into possessionof alien technology.There are those who claimwe havealready been to the moonin the 1950's andthe NASA programwas only for public consumption.Whistle blowershave said we havetime travel technology,we've beento Mars and there is even a baseon the moon and Mars.Further down the rabbit hole,is rumors that weactually foughta war with aliens,and the secret space program isin place to protectus from them.With Russian inspectorsatellites largelybelieved to beorbital weapons platformsand China now beginning to fieldits own maneuverable unmannedorbital platforms that canalso be used to disrupt ournation's satellite capabilities,it's clear todaythe United States isfinding ways to fightfuture wars in space.At least as far asnon-classified programs go.[dramatic music]Despite harsh statements madeby both Russian and Chinesegovernment officialsregarding America's space force.Each of those nationshas already maintainedspace based branchesof their own for years.In fact, evenAmerica once had a secretiveDepartment ofDefense space programcomplete with its own militaryastronauts.A 3.3 billion California basedspace portmeant for secretivespace shuttlelaunches into polarorbit and more.The Endeavor was called themanned space flight engineerprogram, and although ithasn't gotten much attentionin the years since,the pentagon invested billionsof dollars into it throughoutthe 1970's and 80's.A secret group of32 men was selectedfrom the U.S. Air Forceand trained asastronauts completelyindependent oftheir peers at NASA.The specializedtraining revolvedaround deployingclassified payloadsand conducting other secretiveactivities in orbitusing America'sspace shuttle asthe primary orbitalplatform. In fact, at one time,the DOD intended to fly moreshuttle flights peryear than NASA.[laid back music]Black Star is the reportedcodename of a secretUnited States orbitalspace plane system.The possible existence of theBlack Star program was reportedin March of 2006 by AviationWeek and Space Technologymagazine.The magazine reported that theprogram had been under way sinceat least the early1990's and thatthe impetus for Black Star wasto allow the UnitedStates governmentto retain orbital reconnaissancecapabilitiesjeopardized followingthe 1986 Challenger disaster.The article also saidthe United States AirForce Space Commandwas unaware of Black Star.Suggesting it wasoperated by an intelligenceagency or some othersecret space program.Aviation Weekspeculated that such aspace craft couldalso have offensivemilitary capabilities. A conceptcolloquially knownas the space bomber.The magazine alsostated that it was likelythat Black Starwould be moth balled,although it isunclear whether this isdue to a cost orfailure of the program.[dramatic music]A secret spaceprogram was revealedto the worldwidepublic followingallegations againstGary McKinnon forhacking the US Defenseprograms in 2002.In an interview televisedon the BBC, McKinnonstated that he wasable to get into themilitary's network simplyby using a computercode familiar tocomputer administrators.In his interviewwith the BBC he alsostated of the disclosureproject that "Theyare some very crediblerelied upon peopleall saying yes. Thereis UFO technology.There's anti-gravity,there's freeenergy and it'sextra terrestrialin origin and they'vecaptured spacecraft and reverseengineered it."He said he investigated aNASA photographic expert's claimthat at the Johnson SpaceCenter's building 8, images wereregularly cleaned of evidenceof UFO craft and he confirmedthis comparing the raw originalswith the processed images.He stated to haveviewed a detailed image ofsomething not man madeand cigar shaped, floatingabove the northern hemisphereand assuming his viewingwould be undisruptedowing to the hour, he didnot think of capturingthe image because he wasbedazzled and thereforedid not think of securingit with a screen capturefunction in the softwareat the point hisconnection was interrupted.McKinnon described thecigar shaped space craft inrudimentary terms butwith some notable featuresthat paralleled otherwitnesses description ofan existing cylindricalspace craft.[tense music]One of the mostinteresting things about thiswas a Microsoft Excelspreadsheet he cameacross with 20-30 namesof government officialsthat was titled"Non-terrestrial officers".What's more intriguing,according to reports McKinnonalso discovered an unusuallist of US Navy vessels.But cross checking against theactive list ofsurface ships andsubmarines, McKinnoncould not find thosenames on the currentUS Navy roster.What does this mean?The list of non-terrestrialofficers is alleged bymany UFO researchersto be the names of USNavy and Air Forceofficers who are servingon ships off the Earth.That's to say they are assignedto interplanetary vessels.Additionally, the names ofthe ships that he found areactually the namesof interplanetaryspaceships currently in service.[tense music]Is it possible we have an activeinterplanetary space forcealready being utilized forthe protection of the Earth?We certainly havethe technology to build andmaintain such a force.The key wouldbe in the billionsallocated to thedark military budget in the USA.With enough money,you could build severalfleets and the blackbudget has plenty.[ominous music]Technology has thepower to do many thingsand changing theworld is one of them.We're privileged to live in atime wherescience andtechnology can assist us,make our liveseasier and rethinkthe ways we goabout our daily lives.The technology we're alreadyexposed and accustomedto has paved the way forus to innovate further andthis list of current andfuture technologies certainlyhave the potential tochange our lives even more.We may even becloser to that flyingcar you werepromised as a child.They do exist today.However,with all innovations itwill depend on whatwe do with them.They can either enhanceour lives and make theworld a better place to liveor we may find ourselvesin a dystopian futurewhere we are ruled andcontrolled by the verytechnologies we rely on.That is up to us andhow we manage an everchanging world withadvanced technology.[ominous music]