************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.
With that brief introduction...
.................I welcome you to........
******if we can't cope with ourselves,*********
HOW CAN WE HOPE TO COPE WITH.....
Who are "they"? We'll get to that later!!
(prozac will be available at the rear of the auditorium
all you can eat.....
*+**+*+*+*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).
***- 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)
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,
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.)
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,
(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
THIS IS THE ULTIMATE IN "SLOUCHING TOWARD" THE END OF
"HUMANKIND" AS WE KNOW IT!!
**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-
- 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
6) (just what we need... more lawyers!)
MORE LAWS AND WE BECOME MORE OF A
-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
-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......
-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"?
***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
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
(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"
-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
-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
-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
-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......
-WILL I BE ABLE TO BUY GAS AT THE
CORNER GAS STATION? (OR HAS THE PROPRIETOR
GONE INTO HIDING TO AVOID BEING "SERVED"?)
CAN I STILL BUY FOOD AT THE GROCERY STORE
(OR HAVE ALL THE EMPLOYEES ALREADY BEEN "SERVED"?)
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?)
********IF WE CAN'T COPE WITH OURSELVES....
HOW DO WE EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO COPE
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
perhaps even unwanted.....
;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; :) :) :) ;)
"AMUSING" ADDENDUM 1999
....... 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,
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
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!
UNIVERSAL VISION UNLIMITED