Visions of the World in the new millennium
is the time to panic for the future is here.
is not a game of mathematics. Ironically, nor is technological development.
Technology is the key to the future, the springboard of poor nations
and the bridge across the classes. Social, political, economic and
scientific changes redefine technological changes and vice-versa.
While some of these changes may be linear, major advancements may
not only be geometrical but could sometimes be unpredictable. Its
been rather disappointing, many agree, what issues we still face
in this new millennium, considering how much our imagination has
been stimulated through those Space 1999 movies. By now or so, we
thought, we will have domestic robots that talk, pills as fast food,
outer space vacations, flying cars and much more. Even now, some
speculate cyber sex, smart cars, digitised smell in TV and cyborgs.
Having gone round our global earth and discovered that the "four
corners" do not exist, will we look for new laws of physics? Will
we revisit perpetual motion machines? Will genetic research give us amphibious
children and chameleon genes for thought control cosmetics? Will biofeedback
create schools for unborn babies? Will "brainwashing" replace
the death penalty and imprisonment only in the mind? Will aura simulation
and synchronisation eliminate divorce? Will we be saved from syringes?
Will airports have trolleys with magnetic levitation? Will we need a new
time scale? Will we turn our houses to "face" a new day? Will
contraceptives become electronic implants, killing the undesired sex chromosomes?
Will drilling for crude oil be primitive? Some of these technologies are
already with us; others may now be theoretically possible. Now is the
time to panic for the future is here.
New Billboards As we await the arrival of the future TV that digitises
smell, brace yourselves for the billboards of the next generation. Cigarette
ads that will make you feel the urge to smoke. Food ads that will make
you hungry. A beer ad that subtly convinces you to head straight for the
nearest pub or bar. Wherever you look, youll be "turned on".
Billboards fitted with emotional controllers will remotely send chemical,
electrical or light signals directly to the hypothalamus in the brain
to control hunger, thirst, temperature, aggression and even sex drive
to stimulate these needs as you walk or drive past them. So keep away
from those painkiller billboards they may "give" you a headache.
Genetics and the new generation
Genetic engineering and cloning experiments are advancing at a scary rate
that we begin to wonder what next? Plastic surgery and face-lifts may
soon be a thing of the past if gene implants to control ageing and enhance
beauty are fully perfected. Soon your make-up kit may just be in your
mind. Only a few visits to your doctor will be enough to implant you with
chameleon genes and youve got thought controlled cosmetics.
Animal parts are used as aphrodisiacs and for other human inadequacies
in several parts of the world today. Isolating the active ingredients
and genetically fusing them with mans could bring out "the
beast in man" and make him super human. Think of the possibilities
of the human brain when combined with super memory genes from an elephants
brain, or the aggressive instincts a boxer will acquire after receiving
a jolt of Black Mamba genes. Will cloned humans make the 100 metres dash
in 3.2 Seconds? Will the Olympics Committee have to re-appraise the rules?
Will we have babies attending prenatal "schools"? What will
a curriculum of biofeedback techniques do for an already Super- bred foetus?
Will we not have geniuses at birth? We all enjoyed Jack and (his little
sister) Jill going up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Will we have
to rewrite the rhyme as, "Jack and Jim" or "Jane and Jill",
when one sex becomes obsolete?
Behavior and Society
Recent studies by psychologist Richard Davidson and colleagues at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison discovered that murderers and other people
prone to violence have distinct brain patterns that can be clearly seen
in images such as PET (Position Emission Tomography) scans. They also
suggested that drugs and other therapies might change their patterns.
Think of how much crime detection and control will change, if we have
a device for Remote Electronic Visualisation of Evil, Aggression and Lies
(REVEAL). Time wasted on arrest, interrogation and court proceedings may
be completely eliminated. That street cop may just be your Judge Dredd.
(The author Philp K Dick wrote on this subject nearly forty years ago)
What if "permanent" auto suggestion can make you "change
your mind"; will we still have to imprison criminals? Wouldnt
it be more beneficial to society if we could just "make him a good
guy"? The death penalty may be unnecessary by the mid 21st century.
What about relationships? Will lovers go for their regular love re-charges
at the nearest aura simulation and synchronisation clinic? This may put
divorce lawyers out of business. On the dark side, world leaders and businessmen
attending vital meetings may have to be "debugged" of any possible
brainwashing prior to every meeting.
As the world "shrinks" further from a global village to a virtual
community, what manner of currency will we use? Will we have surgically
implanted bar codes for readily available personal data? What if this
Universal Implant Device (Uid) totally replaces cash and credit cards?
Will we deal in Uid credit units, thereby eliminating multiple currency
exchange rates? Will this reduce inflation rates in the developing world?
Will counterfeiting and money laundering be ancient? While the advantages
are many, our socio-political and psychological environment may resist
such revolutionary change. The required technology for this device is
however here, so beware!
Will we talk to the animals?
Insecticides are bad for us, which we know, yet we still use all over
the world. Some allow certain resistant pests to evolve. Some build-up
in high concentrations in animals and may become dangerous to man. So
do we stop the killing of pests and "talk" to them instead?
Possibly. Going by what an innovator in Nigeria refers to as TALK.ACTIVE,
pest control by communication. The principle is simple. It stimulates
or provokes a response or reaction that gives the pests the appearance
of mindless automatons. For example:
If a cricket comes into a territory, the owner makes a special noise meaning,
"Get out or Ill fight you." This frightens off the intruder.
A honeybee (inside a house) will endlessly fly towards a lighted window
in vain efforts to escape. Here the ultra violet light says, "come".
Three "main" languages are being compiled. The kinetic energy
of TOUCH/HEARING (concerned with the perception of vibration). The radiant
energy of LIGHT (organs of vision). The chemical energy of reactive molecules
that are SMELLED/TASTED. So for your rodent problem, dont call the
exterminators, just be a Dr. DoLittle and "speak" in ultra sound.
The new Doomsday Prophets
They have always been in the news. While scientists talked of the Antarctica
melting and flooding the earth, spiritualists talked of an Armageddon
coming at the strike of the New (Year 2000) millennium. Present day scientists
are already tracking a good number of "planet killers" (small
and giant asteroids) aiming straight for our world and they say theres
nothing we can do about them. Their "counterparts", religious
zealots, already consider the World Wide Web (WWW) a tool for the new
"antichrist". It is not clear why but it could be because the
letter W is the 23rd letter of the alphabet. Since it contains the numbers
2 and 3, it could also represent the number 6. So for all who bear the
sign WWW.COM, it could well be invitation of the "beast" of
the 666 fame.
The Cyber Craze
New computers are getting more minute by the day. We even hear of PC monitors
worn over an eye like a monocle. By now, you are ready for anything, or
so you may think. Thought controlled imaginary keyboards may be "clicked"
to access a nano-processor implanted in the brain like the ordinary pacemaker.
By the middle of the new millennium "reading ones mind"
may be a literary statement. In sports, football coaches running up and
down the side-line may be a thing of the past, if the world soccer body
FIFA allows players to wear tiny receivers to get on-the-spot directives
from coaches. Will cyber crime include cyber-narcotics (getting high on
bioelectric impulses)? Will cyber sex lead to promiscuity? Will science
fiction movies like 'Total Recall, the Lawnmower man, and The Matrix'
scare people from using cyber recreational facilities? Will dreams be
recordable? Will employees work in a virtual office?
A New Time Scale
Space and Time The most puzzling subject about the universe is the SPACE
it occupies and the TIME it was created. These two "unreal"
quantities have puzzled man since the beginning of it (time). To make
time real, we have adopted various scales. The second is the internationally
accepted time unit. It is defined as 9,192,631,770 times the period of
vibration of a particular type of radar radiation emitted by the isotope
of mass number 133 of the element caesium, when it is excited in a suitable
way. A major scale in the definition of time is the day. That is the period
of rotation of the Earth on its own axis resulting in day and night. For
convenience, we have smaller groups of days called a week. 365 days =
169 days + 196 days, how curious. It follows that 365 days = 132 days
+ 142 days If x = 1 week (that is 7 days) Then, (2x-1) + (2x) = 365 Therefore,
2x - x - 91 = 0 So, (2x + 13)(x - 7) = 0 It follows that, x = 7 or - 6
1Ž2 days. That is ONE WEEK IS EITHER 7 days coming or 6 1Ž2 days past.
Could this mean that, duration of past time is a refraction of future
time rather than a reflection? Is every coming week actually half a day
longer than the immediate passing week? Do humans live longer than they
think they do? Is our present time scale primitive and should we have
a progressive clock? We may have to trade-in our present wristwatches
for new space-time watches. So when next you say just a minute, be more
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Finding the edge of the universe
All SPACE, whether parking space, aerospace or galaxy space, is contained
in the ultimate space; in fact outer space itself is part of the Universe.
The Universe is expanding as a result of a pre-historic cosmic explosion
and therefore generating more space. The question now is what vessel holds
the universe and in what is the vessel contained and so on? This creates
an infinite scenario. Like all infinite scenarios, it becomes an illusion.
So, is the universe an illusion? The human mind is not well equipped to
deal with the concept of infinity. Consider two mirrors facing each other.
An object placed in between has an infinite number of images on both sides.
The numbers, 1/3 ,2/3 ,1/7 ,3/7 ,1/9 ,3/11 ,1/13 (and many more) could
be termed cyclic because at some point, the point of infinity (POI), a
continuous repetition is met. The origin of each endless sequence can
be found at the POI. Do we then have a POI in the Universe to determine
its edge or end? If so, where is it?
Suppose by some revolutionary powered vehicle, we could travel very fast
and far, say, for a million mega-parsec (3.26 million million light years),
towards the edge of the universe. And suppose we could achieve the universes
required escape velocity. Would we be "breaking" through a glass-like
barrier, seeing a mirror image of objects past and be heading for another
"start"? So where will the POI be? Maybe where we started? From
within? So is the Universe in us as we are in the Universe?
Health and Medicine
The next decade or two will bring great changes in the medical world.
Giant strides in science will carry with it new health problems... "and
he that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils; for Time is
the greatest innovator", Francis Bacon. Auto-suggestion (the science
of "telling" the body to heal itself) will play a leading role
in the next decade. Advancement in tissue regeneration techniques will
discourage the use of artificial body parts. Regenerated hearts will replace
pacemakers. The illegal trade of human body organs from poorer nations
will be greatly reduced. DNA banks may replace blood banks, since every
individual will have his blood cultured in artificial plasma using DNA
signatures from previously stored swabs.
Conception and Contraception
Twenty-five million sperms cover an area approximate of a full stop size.
It takes each sperm one hour to move (by tail lashing) seven inches (distance
from the cervix to the fallopian tube). Relative to their size, this speed
is comparable to a man running at a speed of 90 million km/hour or 25,000km/sec.
This is about one-tenth the speed of light. According to Einsteins
law of light, this should cause time to "slow down" for it and
therefore live longer than we think. This recalculation of sperm life
may improve chances of conception in future infertile couples. A new contraceptive
may bring relief to pill-popping women. Male (XY) and female (XX) sex
chromosomes have different masses and so can be distinctly detected. A
simple magnetic sperm-killing radiation device implanted beside the fallopian
tube will not only act as a contraceptive, it can be switched to determing
which sex of baby to prevent.
On the Drawing Board?
Will the end of the fifth decade usher in radical research? When will
the first amphibious babies be born? Will new cloning methods produce
a YY (instead of XY) sex chromosome super man? Will we have Ghost Busters
standing by every operating table ready to entrap any departing soul?
Will suspended animation be possible? Will men develop the will power
and patience in their future role as baby producing "machines"?
Will we hire surrogate robot mothers? Will we find a cure for baldness,
the common cold and the after-shave rash? When will syringes become primitive?
The mid 21st century may provide us with all the required answers and
© Andrew L
Abulu October 2001
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