I took your advice, and sent him an email through his website (I really hope he'll respond). Following is the text of the email:
I email you as an unofficial representative of a popular web forum, www.abovetopsecret.com...
, which deals heavily in conspiracy theory, which I
know is not your realm of expertise, but additionally, it deals heavily with future technology and quantum theory, which does fall within your realm
of expertise. I feel that your expertise could be a great asset to the web forum, and I propose an email interview on topics popular with members, to
be reposted in a thread on the website. By posting this thread, I will provide you with a link to the thread itself at a later date (as I've already
provided a link to the main site). I would appreciate you answering these questions as best you can, as you are a scientist and theorist that is
highly respected on the ATS forum.
As a final clarification, I say that I am emailing you as an unofficial representative of the Above Top Secret forum, meaning that I have not been
asked by any moderator or administrator to ask you these questions. I am simply an enthusiastic member, fascinated with your research. My hopes are
you be able to, at least, post your input on several topics, and ideally, possibly get you involved in the forum.
What really inspired me to email you was the Discovery Channel show 2057, which you host. I have seen many of your Discovery channel appearances
before that, and have long been inspired by you. Personally, I am an untrained electro-physicist working on several future-tech theories, based on
Nikola Tesla's research, including "free energy", EM propulsion, and artificial gravity.
Here is where I start my questions:
We all know that oil is running out at an almost alarming rate, and without putting oil consumption in check, we need to find alternative energy
solutions now. There are several older, unproven theories about "free" or unlimited energy that hold some water on a theoretical basis. In
addition to some routes currently being looked at, such as ethanol, wind, hydro-electric, geo-thermal, and methane, some of these older theories
provide some degree of feasibility that are worth looking at. The one that sits foremost on my mind is the Tesla theory of free energy, based in a
system of two electrically charged plates, one suspended high in the atmosphere, the other buried underground. When the two plates are wired
together, they will, in theory, provide a massive electrical charge. With the current exciting technology towards space elevators, the suspension
system for the atmospheric plate may well become integrated with the carbon tube space elevator ribbons. What are your thoughts on alternative energy
systems (I know you answered this in your interviews for 2057, but not all members on the board have access to cable TV or choose to watch TV -
besides, this is your chance to go into real detail without worry of people understanding you)?
The future of security is also often troublesome to many people. In current technology, many people are unsettled by security cameras, and the level
of security often exhibited by secure buildings, such as fingerprint and retinal scans. Additionally, people are uneasy about the level of
information that the government already has about us, let alone the future of security technology, such as RFID cards, and cranial implants. What is
the realistic future of this technology, and how can it impact us as a free society? How can this technology be used to benefit the average person,
and how can it be exploited to control or harm us?
Many people are interested in the concepts of cybernetics and robotics. Many future-tech minded people love the idea of a personal robot, and many
other technophiles are highly interested in the concept of robotics being integrated into humans, by means of cybernetic implants, ranging from chips
to limb/organ replacements. How can this technology be used for the human race, and against the human race? Additionally, what is the likelihood of
each specific technology becoming a reality in the next 50 years?
Many others on the ATS forum are highly interested in military technology (many being current or retired military, with a high percentage of those
being people who have seen combat). I'll ask this question in a multi-part format, one being relatively specific, the second becoming a little more
general, and the third becoming completely general. First, the show "2057" mentions "smart armor" that can make troops invisible via a system of
cameras and projectors/monitors. Isn't that already possible through a much simpler system of fiber optics woven into a suit (I remember seeing a
Discovery Channel program over a year ago detailing such a fiber optic system)? Second, what are the consequences of our current automated
battlefield robots (both ground and air based), as far as AI is concerned? Is it an imminent "Terminator" or "Matrix" sort of threat, or is it
much less? (I saw your answer on this in the post 2057 debut chat, but I wish to repost the same answer for those members of the board who haven't
yet seen it.) Finally, what is your opinion of overall threat of human technology to the human race, between AI, EM (and other) waves, which propose
a possible threat to humans (I'm thinking much long the lines of the film "Johnny Mnemonic" [based on William Gibson's short story of the same
name] and the causes of the disease in the film), or through sheer laziness?
This is only four questions, but diverse enough in their topics that I feel we can have a great discourse on each of the questions.
Finally, I remind you that I wish to publish your answers on the web forum http:www.abovetopsecret.com , and hope to invite you there to participate
in discussion on these topics. Many of the members would love to see you there, myself included. The website is completely free, and likely the best
of its kind, and the most accepting to new thoughts. I think you'd feel very welcome there.
I thank you for your time, effort, and your massive impact of the world of future and theoretical physics.
I'll sign with my nickname, as I do value my privacy.
PS, in this personal email, I'll also sign with my real name, as I won't publish it in the final post....
I withhold my real name from this post for good reason.
Apparently, he has denied all email from yahoo.com, as is suggested from the undeliverable email response I got. I'll email him again with the same
email tomorrow, from my personal (and NOT Yahoo address), and hope it goes through.
Edit: I re-emailed from my personal email address, and it hasn't been blocked that I can tell as yet.
[edit on 1/30/2007 by obsidian468]