************FRIGHT NIGHT:  THE FUTURE*********

(The original FIGHT NIGHT: THE FUTURE took place LATE AT
    NIGHT during the Mid-Atlantic  MUFON Symposium, 
                Bethesda, MD  May 9, 1998)
                 (updated to 1999,2001)
(This article presents the ideas discussed at the FRIGHT 
NIGHT.  It was originally a viewgraph presentation.  That 
format has been retained and comments have been added.
The discussion below is not expected to be all-
encompassing. You, dear reader, can think of your own horror 
shows, I'm sure.)

PLEASE NOTE:  WHAT YOU WILL READ BELOW ARE NOT DEFINITE
PREDICTIONS OF THE FUTURE, but more like possibilities that
cannot now be ruled out.

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With that brief introduction...
 .................I welcome you to........
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FRIGHT NIGHT: THE FUTURE

******if we can't cope with ourselves,*********

HOW CAN WE HOPE TO COPE WITH..... THEM????"

Who are "they"? We'll get to that later!! ******************************************************** (prozac will be available at the rear of the auditorium all you can eat..... free!) ........................................................ 2) *+**+*+*+*CAN WE COPE WITH OURSELVES?+*++*+*+ Let's find out! ..... ..... ...... ........ .......

TECHNOLOGY IS NEITHER BAD, NOR IS IT GOOD,

*** NOR IS IT NEUTRAL!!!!*** TECHNOLOGY IS PUSHING US INTO MAKING DECISIONS UNPRECEDENTED IN HUMAN HISTORY. TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES OFFER OPPORTUNITIES NOT PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE

NEW TECHNOLOGY FORCES US TO CHOOSE TO USE OR NOT USE IT

IF WE CHOOSE TO "BE USERS", then

WE MUST CHOOSE HOW IT IS TO BE USED. THIS INTRODUCES UNCERTAINTY INTO CIVILIZATION. CIVILIZATION DOES NOT THRIVE ON UNCERTAINTY. IN FACT, CIVILIZATION FALLS WITH CONTINUED/REPEATED UNCERTAINTY. (Imagine if earthquakes tornados, hurricanes and other major environmental disturbances were common occurrences all over the world. Civilization as we know it wouldn't have gotten off the ground. You need to have confidence in the future to be willing to invest time and energy in creating something that won't be immediately useful, but will be useful in the future.) TO REDUCE THE UNCERTAINTY NEW LAWS RELATED TO USE MUST BE INVENTED. WE BECOME A (more) LITIGIOUS SOCITY (see below). .......................................................... 3) ***- HERE ARE SOME HUMAN CAUSED ACTIVITIES OR PROCESSES-*** WHICH ARE PRESENTLY OCCURRING OR WILL OCCUR *****WHICH WILL IMPACT SOCIETY***** (we get to alien activities later!) (BASED ON A CHAPTER IN "ABDUCTION IN MY LIFE", ----a Novel by Bruce Maccabee) (contact brumac@compuserve.com)

REVERSING BABEL:

EVERYONE WILL SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE, WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES, THINK THE SAME THOUGHTS; EFFICIENCY IN UNIFORMITY AND SIMILARITY (EVENTUALLY PEOPLE LOOK THE SAME? A SOCIETY OF CLONES?)

---THE END OF NATURAL SELECTION OF HUMANS------

(Bye, bye, Charles D.) MEDICAL ADVANCES/INTERVENTIONS ALLOW *EVERYONE* TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO REPRODUCE, THEREBY PERPETUATING GENETIC DISEASES THAT WOULD HAVE DIED OUT (UNLESS GENETIC MANIPULATION CAN BE DONE TO REMOVE "BAD" GENES FROM THE CHROMOSOMES) (NOTE: in the late spring of 2000 "immortal mice" were reported. Immortal cats are next! Then dogs. Then people. Stem cell research may result in immortality. See below.) ................................................................... 4) LIKELY LIFE EXTENSION BASED ON MEDICAL ADVANCES: ***LIFE PENNIES US TO DEATH*** but, think about this:

*** NOWADAYS,THE LONGER YOU LIVE, THE LONGER YOU ARE LIKELY TO LIVE***

(you heard it here first, folks) REPLACEMENT PARTS, PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, MAN+MACHINE COMBINATION BASED ON NANOTECHNOLOGY (tiny machines and computers);WE WILL NEED MORE BRAINPOWER AND MECHANICAL ORGANS (Note: since FRIGHT NIGHT in May 1998, medical science has determined that stem cells can be kept alive indefinitely without "differentiation." Stem cells can be used to generate new tissue of whatever sort the body needs. So suppose they clone some of your stem cells when you are a BABY and save them, clone them to make more and use them when you are 100 to generate new organs. Become a "replacement person." ) **GOT THAT TIRED, WORN OUT FEELING?** **THEN RENEW YOURSELF**

**THE ONLY SEQUEL THAT IS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL!**

is the slogan for advertising AOSCR, Incorporated, -----Alpha-Omega Stem Cell Regeneration, Inc, (name copyright) (Of course, this will happen only for the rich, at least initially.) (In summer 2001 the possibility of creating computers with molecules was proposed. These could create nano-scale machines with "artificial intelligence" that could be inserted into your body to track down diseases, rebuild damaged tissue, control release of medicine and so on! The downside is that the same sort of technology could virtually take over your body!)

POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF "ETERNAL LIFE":

(are you ready for this?) - SOFT LIVING WILL TURN US INTO A SOCIETY OF WIMPS - MEDPOL (MEDICAL POLICE - first described in "ABDUCTION IN MY LIFE") WILL ENFORCE PREVENTIVE MEDICINE TO REDUCE THE COSTS TO SOCIETY OF MEDICAL TREATMENT - PEOPLE WILL LIVE 200, 500, 1000, (?) YEARS (IS THE LAST GENERATION NOW ALIVE? IS THE FIRST PERSON TO LIVE 200 YEARS ALREADY ALIVE?

*****DEATH WILL BECOME A MOVING TARGET!*****

you only die if you aim for it!! (you heard it here first, folks!) BUT, WHO WOULD WANT TO DIE? (WHY NOT JUST LIVE FOREVER AS A BRAIN IN A NUTRIENT SOLUTION and EVENTUALLY COMMIT SUICIDE TO END BOREDOM?)

THERE WILL BE A HUGE DISPARITY BETWEEN DEVELOPED AND UNDER -DEVELOPED COUNTRIES AS "LONG-LIVERS" TAKE OVER (ASSUMING THEY DON'T COMMIT SUICIDE)

THIS IS THE ULTIMATE IN "SLOUCHING TOWARD" THE END OF "HUMANKIND" AS WE KNOW IT!! ................................................................. 5)

**PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS***

-MEMORY AUGMENTATION: LONG LIFE REQUIRES LARGE MEMORY COMPUTER MEMORY WILL BE INTEGRATED WITH BRAIN; PERHAPS BRAINS WILL BE FORCED TO GROW LARGER (THE ULTIMATE IN HEADACHES?) -COMPUTERS WILL BECOME INTEGRAL TO HUMAN LIFE; EVENTUALLY ALL HUMANS WILL BE WIRED TO A CENTRAL COMPUTER; COMPUTERS MAY REPLACE HUMAN LIFE! (OH, THE JOYS OUR KIDS HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO!)

GUESS WHAT IS THE SINGLE, MOST SUCCESSFUL ENDEAVOR OF THE HUMAN RACE THROUGHOUT HISTORY:

***PROCREATION / POPULATION GROWTH***: (in spite of wars, famine draught, floods, hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, disease/pestilence, etc..... humans are always certain to carry out the "process" that makes more humans) -SHRINKING LIVING SPACE, MORE FOOD NEEDED; MORE WASTE GENERATED (if you're not part of the solution you're part of the pollution) -POPULATION CONTROL (upper limit on the population) + "IMMORTALITY" ("death control") = BIRTH CONTROL

THE END OF MOTHER/FATHERHOOD?

(WHO WILL VOLUNTARILY DIE SO A CHILD CAN TAKE HIS PLACE?) - THE RIGHT TO DIE BECOMES A SUBJECT OF SOCIETAL DISPUTE: DIEING COSTS $$$$. WHO WILL PAY? WILL THERE BE A UNIVERSAL "RIGHT TO DIE" LAW? WILL EVERYONE JOIN THE HEMLOCK SOCIETY? WILL THERE BE A RISE OF ALTRUISTIC SUICIDE? (Note 1: there will be about 6 billion humans in a few years; 90% of young childbearers live in "developing countries". Continued increases in population are likely to keep them largely undeveloped. Desires for a "better life" cause them to borrow money and technology from developed countries thereby setting themselves up for economic enslavement should their economies fail!) (Note:2 AS OF FALL, 1998, IT IS COMING TRUE! Recent estimates indicate a birth rate decline over the whole world. HOWEVER, as life extension "kicks in" and becomes widespread, the population growth will again increase to perhaps 9 billion people (wild guess) in about 15 years - 2015.)

SOME IMPACTS OF BURGEONING POPULATION AND TECHNO- INDUSTRY:

- ENVIRONMENTAL MODIFICATION/DESTRUCTION SUCH AS BURNING FORESTS, STRIP MINING, CONCENTRATION AND CREATION OF POISONOUS SUBSTANCES; - CREATION OF "INDESTRUCTIBLE" TRASH (unless some visionaries start replacing "indestructible" plastic, etc, with biodegradable version) - CONTAMINATION OF THE ATMOSPHERE; - OZONE HOLE, GREENHOUSE EFFECT, WEATHER PREDICTION AND EVENTUAL MODIFICATION (WEATHER WAR!!?? No, HAARP can't do this. However, a hundred HAARPS that are 100 times stronger might be able to.) .............................................................. 6) (just what we need... more lawyers!)

MORE LAWS AND WE BECOME MORE OF A LITIGIOUS SOCIETY,

-COULD THIS BE AN OFFSHOOT OF "BLEEDING HEART, LIBERAL, LEFTIST, PSYCHIATRIC/PSYCHOLOGICAL" THINKING ? [no one is "guilty" / society causes individuals to commit crimes/criminals are victims of society] -COMBINED WITH MORE AND MORE RULES AND LESS PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY (there is an underlying explanation for each criminal act; the devil/the parents/society is to blame); -MORE ACTIVITIES ARE DEFINED AS CRIMINAL; MORE RULES; MAKES FOR A NASTIER SOCIETY (uh, oh, RIOT starting!)

ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT:

MUCH MORE EFFICIENT IF EVERYONE SPEAKS THE SAME LANGUAGE, EATS THE SAME FOOD, USES THE SAME MEDICAL SERVICES, TRAVELS IN THE SAME CONVEYANCES, SPENDS THE SAME MONEY (triumph of efficiency over diversity), SUFFERS FROM THE SAME DISEASES

THE ENTERTAINED GENERATION:

- CITIZENS OF DEVELOPED COUNTRIES WILL HAVE TOO LITTLE VALUABLE WORK TO DO (done by machines) AND TOO MUCH ENTERTAINMENT; ENTERTAINMENT OF THE MASSES WILL REPLACE WAR AS A DRIVER FOR TECHNOLOGY (e.g., rise of the internet is a result of requirements for rapid communication within the defense industry and government. HOWEVER,perpetuation and improvement (e.g., world wide web) is a result of the desire for ENTERTAINMENT and for the COMMERCIAL value - advertising; the desire for better entertainment has led to improvements in audio, video and computers and in the future, to virtual reality and then the ultimate "REAL REALITY" .....(which comes in a can, of course) -CHILDREN GROW UP ACCUSTOMED TO WATCHING TV/VIDEO/ETC OR SITTING IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER FOR HOURS EACH DAY

ECONOMICS:

-SOME PEOPLE WILL BE "PAID CONSUMERS" AND WILL BE PREVENTED FROM CREATION OF WEALTH; THEIR JOBS WILL BE TO SPEND AND USE WEALTH CREATED BY OTHERS (perhaps each person will have a 2 year tour of duty in the "SPEND CORPS"). Trying to live every day without doing SOMETHING creative or wealth-creating will be difficult for many people......

NARCISSISTIC GENERATION:

-WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME LOOKING AT OURSELVES AS PORTRAYED IN THE MEDIA, BUT THE MEDIA PRESENT A DISTORTED PICTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE. THIS "FEEDS BACK" TO OURSELVES AND TO OUR CHILDREN WHO SEE THE DISTORTED PICTURE ON TV AND THINK IT IS A PORTRAYAL OF A FORM OF REALITY.. MEDIA SELLS HUMOR IN STEREOTYPES AND CHILDREN ASSUME THE "HUMEROUS" STEREOTYPES ARE REALITY. (media makes instant stars of deviates, such as people who do nasty things to others such as kill people. Want to be a star? just do what they do on TV) WILL THE FUTURE GENERATION BE "SIMPSONIZED"? ................................................................... 7)

***IMPACT OF FULL REALIZATION**

(OK, so now you see that we can't cope with what we are doing to ourselves. But this is not the ultimate in "future shock". What might we expect when people wake up to a the new reality?)

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOCIETY LEARNS ("full realization") THAT O. I. (OTHER INTELLIGENCES) ARE AND HAVE BEEN MESSING AROUND IN OUR LIVES?

SUDDENLY A NEW TYPE AND LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY IS INJECTED INTO DAILY LIVES OF EVERYONE. THIS UNCERTAINTY LEADS TO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES OF THE OIs AND PERHAPS TO FEAR AND EVEN PANIC CAUSED BY ................................................................... 8)

********PASTSHOCK***********

(the flip side of Future Shock) (YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST, FOLKS) WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SOCIETY WHEN IT BECOMES APPARENT THAT THE HISTORY OF HUMANITY IS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TAUGHT? THIS IMPACTS ON RELIGION, MORALS, ETHICS (WHICH ARE LARGELY BASED IN THE THINKING OF "DEAD PEOPLE" WHO DIDNíT HAVE THE BENEFIT OF OUR "ENLIGHTENED" AGE) -EXAMPLE: WHAT IF WE WERE MADE BY OIs? (Should each human bear a stamp "Made on Zeta 2, Reticulum" or some such? Or perhaps our DNA ALREADY bears such a "stamp." !!! What about all the "junk DNA" that is found on the chromosomes. Perhaps it really isn't "junk," hmmmm?) -IS THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT COMING TO AN END? -WILL THEY END THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT? (They don't want us to become immortal?) -WILL THEY STERILISE THE EARTH? -SHOULD I HEAD FOR THE HILLS.??? .. OR CAN THEY GET ME THERE, TOO? -DARE I HOPE "THINGS" WILL BE BETTER? (DOES THEIR OPERATING SYSTEM CRASH FEWER TIMES THAN WINDOWS?) (a little levity is necessary...) -SHOULD I LEAVE MY PRESENT BUSINESS AND BUY A LIQUOR STORE? (lots of levity is necessary) (don't forget the prozac at the back of the auditorium.....) -WILL I BECOME MORE OR LESS RELIGIOUS? SHOULD I WORSHIP THE 0Is? (WILL THIS BE THE END OF RELIGION OR AT LEAST RELIGION AS WE KNOW IT?) ARE THE OIs RESPONSIBLE FOR RELIGIONS? -IS THIS THE END OF DARWINIAN EVOLUTION THEORY APPLIED TO HUMAN BEINGS? (WERE THE CREATIONISTS PARTLY CORRECT REGARDING HUMAN BEINGS? [SPECIAL CREATION]? AND, IF SO, DO THE CREATIONISTS REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHY THEY WERE PARTLY CORRECT?) -SHOULD I TRY TO BEFRIEND THE OIs AND "CURRY FAVOR?" (GET BROWNIE POINTS) -WILL OIs TRANSFER TECHNOLOGY TO MANKIND AND, IF SO, SHOULD I SELL MY STOCK IN ENERGY, MEDICAL AND TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES? (who needs this stuff if the aliens are going to show us how to use "free energy" (ha!), cure everything and provide "free", rapid transportation) -SHOULD I THROW OUT THE GOVERNMENT OF LIARS AND DECEIVERS? (well, why not!) -SHOULD I SELL ALL MY STOCKS AND BONDS AND INVEST IN FARM MACHINERY AND LAND? -IS THERE ANY POINT IN INVESTING IN ANYTHING, OR SHOULD I LIQUIFY MY POSSESSIONS.... and buy a liquor store? (more levity) -WILL THERE BE GOVERNMENTS...OR JUST HUMANS VS OI? -WHAT IF THE OIs TREAT ALL HUMAN BEINGS THE SAME - NO DIFFERENCES IN RACE OR PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABILITY? WILL I BE JUST ANOTHER HUMAN BODY? (WONíT IT BE GREAT WHEN EVERYONE IS PAID THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY PER YEAR, WEARS THE SAME CLOTHES, LIVES IN THE SAME HOUSES/APARTMENTS, ALL LOOK, SPEAK, THINK... THE SAME?) -IF THEY BRING US "HEAVEN ON EARTH" WITH "FREE ENERGY" AND ALL SWEETNESS AND LIGHT AND NO WORK AND NOTHING TO DO....

***WILL I BE BORED OUT OF MY SKULL***

FOR ALL 100, 200,500, 1000, 3000, WHATEVER, YEARS OF MY LIFE? -HAVE THEY LEARNED THE SECRET OF COPING WITH IMMORTALITY? -WHAT IF THEY NEED US MORE THAN WE NEED THEM? (CAN WE BUY OUR WAY OUT OF THIS?)

***THE MOST INTELLIGENT SPECIES

LIVES AT THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN*** ("food" could be body parts or "spirit") -SO, WHAT IF THEY ENJOY "SERVING MAN"? (where are you, Rod Serling, when we need you?) ............................................................. -SUPPOSE Ultimate Realization Hit Yesterday. Then......

******TOMORROW:*******

-WILL I BE ABLE TO BUY GAS AT THE CORNER GAS STATION? (OR HAS THE PROPRIETOR GONE INTO HIDING TO AVOID BEING "SERVED"?)

*******TODAY:******

CAN I STILL BUY FOOD AT THE GROCERY STORE (OR HAVE ALL THE EMPLOYEES ALREADY BEEN "SERVED"?)

***RIGHT NOW***..

CAN I TURN THE ON LIGHTS OR USE THE PHONE? (OR HAS THE POWER GRID AND OTHER PARTS OF OUR SOCIETAL INFRASTRUCTURE FALLEN APART BECAUSE EVERYONE "HEADED FOR THE HILLS" AND NO ONE IS AROUND TO KEEP IT REPAIRED?) ............................................................. ........................................................... 9) (AND FINALLY,)

********IF WE CAN'T COPE WITH OURSELVES.... HOW DO WE EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO COPE WITH THEM?

It appears that "someone" is watching us. We'd better get our act together here on earth, a little "cleaning house" shall we say, in case we have unexpected, perhaps even unwanted..... VISITORS! ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; :) :) :) ;) "AMUSING" ADDENDUM 1999 (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ....... stop laughing NOW!) BAN THE WEB. BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE You think it's bad now. Within 50 years there will be brain implants that allow direct connection to electronic devices. This will initially be treated as "brain augmentation"...just as computers (and the web) are a sort of augmentation at the present time, which is accessed indirectly by the brain (via fingers or voice, for example). As soon as direct implants are available people will likely remain "plugged in" for many (or all?) hours of the day. The instantaneous communication will make huge correlated activities possible involving millions of people. There will be "wars" and litigation over privacy of the brain: should the "brainnet" (or whatever it is called) allow access to ALL parts of the brain, or only a few? What is the responsibility of the individual BRAIN to provide information when wanted by other brains; what is the responsibility to protect "private thoughts"... or perhaps there will be no private thoughts... or private parts. (I've often thought that if everyone walked around naked there would be more honesty in the world.) Eventually we may discover a "portion" of the brain to which we have no access... but aliens do! Aliens or not, appendages will wither...and I don't mean just arms and legs, which won't be needed once the brain communicates directly with mechanical devices that provide nourishment. No need to physically transport anywhere if your eyes and ears literally cover the world. As for other appendages... well, infinite life means infinite population unless birth is stopped. One advantage the living have over the unborn is that the living can establish their own priorities. The living can control the "spread of human sperm" to the point where there is no disease that "used to be called pregnancy." No death? Then no birth... and useless appendages wither away (sniff). Oh, of course there will be orgasm... but safely, chemically induced (soma anyone?). So, this is the brave new world that even Aldous H. didn't dream about. And it all awaits us at the other side of the web........ BAN THE WEB before it's too late! ______________________________________ bsm, UVU UNIVERSAL VISION UNLIMITED