Volume 8, Number 10 – 07/25/2005

 

Volume 8, Number 10
07/25/2005
Edited by John L. Petersen
[email protected]

See past issues in the Archives

In This Issue:

From the Futurist Bookshelf – Edward Cornish’s review of Five Regions of the Future
Future Facts – from Think Links
Think Links – The Future in the News…Today
A Final Quote

At The Arlington Institute, we believe that to understand the future, you need to have an open mind and cast a very wide net. To that end, FUTUREdition explores a cross-disciplinary palette of issues, from the frontiers of science and technology to major developments in mass media, geopolitics, the environment, and social perspectives.


 

From the Futurist Bookshelf: Check out Edward Cornish’s review of Five Regions of the Future, a new book on the coming age of technology by futurist Joel A. Barker.
http://www.wfs.org/bkshelf.htm

 


FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • A Los Angeles family became the first in the United States to lease a hydrogen-powered car from Honda Motor Co.
  • A woman gave birth to a healthy baby with ovarian tissue that had been removed, frozen and surgically replaced after she had undergone intensive chemotherapy treatment.
  • A “talking” wine label could soon tell consumers in Italy everything they want to know about a particular bottle while grocery shopping.
  • The U.S. Military is developing firepower that utilizes “Directed-energy” pulses that travel at light speed and can be throttled up or down depending on the situation- like Star Trek.
  • The world’s first film substrate-based electronic paper has been created with vivid color images that are unaffected even when the screen is bent.

 

THINK LINKS – THE FUTURE IN THE NEWS…TODAY

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

Singing Benches Let Loose in City
Talking Wine Label to Chat up Italians

Singing Benches Let Loose in City — (BBC — July 9, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cambridgeshire/4077680.stm
Robotic bins that move and chuckle, benches that flock together and sing when the sun comes out, have been unleashed in Cambridge. The “interactive” technology will allow the street furniture to respond to members of the public. They are what’s called “generative” so that over time they develop more and more personality.

Talking Wine Label to Chat up Italians — (C|Net News — July 6, 2005)
http://news.com.com/Talking+wine+label+to+chat+up+Italians/2100-1041_3-5776756.html?tag=nefd.top
A “talking” wine label could soon tell consumers in Italy everything they want to know about a particular bottle–from its production history to the kind of food it should accompany. The new “label” would consist of a chip implanted in the bottle that could be listened to with a device about the size of a cigarette package in the wine shop or the restaurant.


 

NEW REALITIES

Bionic Suit Offers Wearers Super-strength
Archaeologists Figure Out Mystery of Stonehenge Bluestones
Spaceplane Shoots for Space Trips by 2007
Archeologists Discover Another Stonehenge
First Hydrogen Plane Tested in US
Teleportation: Express Lane Space Travel

Bionic Suit Offers Wearers Super-strength — (New Scientist — April 9, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18624945.800
A robot suit has been developed that could help older people or those with disabilities to walk or lift heavy objects. Two control systems interact to help the wearer stand, walk and climb stairs. A “bio-cybernic” system uses bioelectric sensors attached to the skin on the legs to monitor signals transmitted from the brain to the muscles. Dubbed HAL, or hybrid assistive limb, the latest versions of the suit was unveiled this June, and a commercial product is slated for release by the end of the year.

Archaeologists Figure Out Mystery of Stonehenge Bluestones — (IC Wales — June 24, 2005)
http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/tm_objectid=15661198%26
method=full%26siteid=50082%26headline=archaeologists%2dfigure%2dout%2dmystery
%2dof%2d%2dstonehenge%2d%2dbluestones-name_page.html

Archaeologists have solved one of the greatest mysteries of Stonehenge – the exact spot from where its huge stones were quarried. A team has pinpointed the precise place in Wales from where the bluestones were removed in about 2500 BC. It found the small crag-edged enclosure at one of the highest points of the 1,008ft high Carn Menyn mountain in Pembrokeshire’s Preseli Hills.

Spaceplane Shoots for Space Trips by 2007 — (MSNBC — June 24, 2005)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8345719/
An Oklahoma space-travel company says it is aiming to win the race to put paying passengers on suborbital trips, with commercial flights scheduled to begin by early 2007. Rocketplane is working on the plans to convert a twin-engine LearJet into a hybrid space plane. The plans put Rocketplane in competition with several other spaceship developers who are also working toward beginning service in the 2007-2008 time frame.

Archeologists Discover Another Stonehenge — (Pravda — July 6, 2005)
http://english.pravda.ru/science/19/94/377/15764_stonehenge.html
Russian archeologist Ilya Akhmedov found an ancient construction resembling the English Stonehenge near the site of ancient settlement of Staraya Ryazan. It was estimated that the construction is four thousand years old. Similar discoveries were later made all over Eurasia within the next two years. As a rule, all of these constructions are based upon the same principle: on the day of the summer and winter solstice the sunrays fall upon some definite spot of a sanctuary made of megalith stones or wood.

First Hydrogen Plane Tested in US — (BBC — July 2, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4643575.stm
A US company says it has successfully completed test flights of a potentially environment-friendly aircraft powered by liquid hydrogen. Liquid hydrogen stored on board and oxygen extracted from the air are combined in fuel cells, while the electricity generated drives the propellers. California-based AeroVironment says a full tank of hydrogen would keep the unmanned plane in the air for 24 hours.

Teleportation: Express Lane Space Travel — (Space.com — July 8, 2005)
http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/050708_teleportation.html
Thanks to lab experiments, there is growth in the number of “beam me up” believers, but there is an equal amount of disbelief, too. Over the last few years, however, researchers have successfully teleported beams of light across a laboratory bench. Also, the quantum state of a trapped calcium ion to another calcium ion has been teleported in a controlled way.


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Scientists Predict Brave New World of Brain Pills
Will DNA Profiling Fuel Prejudice?
Giving Genetic Disease the Finger
New Alzheimer’s Research Shows Reversal of Memory Loss
Frozen Ovary Yields Healthy Baby
Stem Cells May Protect Brain, Nervous System
DNA Scans Reveal Possible Location Of Lung Cancer Genes
Bionic Man

Scientists Predict Brave New World of Brain Pills — (Gaurdian — July 14, 2005)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1527932,00.html
A new report by leading scientists in the fields of psychology and neuroscience argues that, very soon, there really will be a pill for every ill. In the long term, drugs that can delete painful memories could also be used routinely. Although medical advances are speeding the forthcoming of newer and more capable pills, society must decide how to use the new drugs, the scientists said.

Will DNA Profiling Fuel Prejudice? — (New Scientist — April 8, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18624944.900
In 10 years, the England and Wales National DNA Database (NDNAD) – the largest in the world – has matched nearly 600,000 suspects to crimes. This extraordinary success has been possible because police have unprecedented powers to retain samples from suspects, and other countries are following suit. But some experts argue that NDNAD’s size and power mean it poses a serious threat to civil liberties.

Giving Genetic Disease the Finger — (Wired News — July 5, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,68019,00.html?tw=wn_5techhead
Scientists are closing in on techniques that could let them safely repair almost any defective gene in a patient, opening the door for the first time to treatments for a range of genetic disorders that are now considered incurable. The breakthrough relies on so-called zinc fingers, named after wispy amino acid protuberances that emanate from a single zinc ion.

New Alzheimer’s Research Shows Reversal of Memory Loss — (Minnesota Public Radio — July 14, 2005)
http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/14_bensonl_alzheimers/
Researchers have figured out a way to reverse memory loss in mice with dementia. The discovery could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease in humans.

Frozen Ovary Yields Healthy Baby — (Nature — June 28, 2005)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050627/full/050627-6.html
The birth of a baby to a cancer survivor has boosted doctors’ confidence that they can restore the fertility of female patients who receive chemotherapy. The procedure involves removing and freezing ovarian tissue from a woman before she undergoes intensive treatments, and then surgically replacing this in her body after the therapy ends.

Stem Cells May Protect Brain, Nervous System — (Reuters — July 13, 2005)
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsarticle.aspx?type=scienceNews&storyid=2005-07-
13T173755Z_01_L13525806_RTRIDST_0_SCIENCE-HEALTH-STEMCELLS-DC.XML

Stem cells may protect the brain and nervous system against damage from tumors and conditions such as multiple sclerosis, researchers found. Experiments with mice with a disease similar to multiple sclerosis showed that stem cells injected into the blood stream migrated to inflamed areas in the brain and spinal cord, killing inflammatory cells. This means a single injection of stem cells could be used to treat many different areas of damage in the body, reducing the clinical signs of the disease.

DNA Scans Reveal Possible Location Of Lung Cancer Genes — (Science Daily — July 3, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/07/050701062909.htm
Researchers have found sections of the chromosomes of lung cancer cells where cancer-related genes may lurk using equipment designed to probe the smallest segments of the genetic code. The next step will be to identify the specific genes involved in these alterations. That, in turn, could lead to new diagnostic tests and treatments for lung cancer, by far the most common form of cancer in the United States, and one of the most difficult to treat.

Bionic Man — (BBC News — July 11, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4648139.stm
Jesse Sullivan becomes the world’s first ‘bionic man’, receiving an implant that uses neuro-engineering, a new technology that literally connects people to machines. The four major nerves, which used to go down Jesse’s arms, were dissected from his shoulder and transferred on to his chest muscles. The nerves grew into the muscles, which then allowed him to direct his senses through his own brain impulses.


 

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Nanotubes Inspire New Technique For Healing Broken Bones
Nanowire Networks Route Light

Nanotubes Inspire New Technique For Healing Broken Bones — (Science Daily — July 8, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/07/050708055156.htm
Scientists have shown for the first time that carbon nanotubes make an ideal scaffold for the growth of bone tissue. The new technique could change the way doctors treat broken bones, allowing them to simply inject a solution of nanotubes into a fracture to promote healing. The high mechanical strength, excellent flexibility and low density of carbon nanotubes make them ideal for the production of lightweight, high-strength materials such as bone.

Nanowire Networks Route Light — (Technology Research News — July 1, 2005)
http://www.trnmag.com/Stories/2005/062905/Nanowire_networks_route_light_062905.html
Computer chips that use light rather than electricity to dramatically speed computing are probably a long way off, but research efforts aimed at producing nanoscale optics could make chip-scale communications devices and scientific equipment practical within a decade.


 

GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

WHO Warns Asia Could Become AIDS Hotbed
Lassa Fever Vaccine Gives Complete Protection
U.N.: Bird Flu at Tipping Point
Bird Flu May Soon Land in Europe and Australia

WHO Warns Asia Could Become AIDS Hotbed — (Newsday — June 29, 2005)
http://www.newsday.com/news/health/wire/sns-ap-aids-crossroads,0,5466387.story?coll=sns-ap-health-headlines
Asia could become the next sub-Saharan Africa if it doesn’t get a quick handle on the rising number of people infected with the AIDS virus, a top official from the U.N. Health agency said Wednesday. Health workers face many obstacles in wrangling the disease that’s being spread largely through sex workers and injection of drugs.

Lassa Fever Vaccine Gives Complete Protection — (New Scientist — June 28, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7594
A new vaccine that completely protects non-human primates against Lassa haemorrhagic fever has been demonstrated. It uses the same technology that researchers recently used to create vaccines for the Ebola and Marburg viruses. Lassa haemorrhagic fever is endemic to several countries in West Africa and is estimated to infect more than 200,000 people each year, killing a few thousand.

U.N.: Bird Flu at Tipping Point — (Associated Press — July 4, 2005)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/07/03/china.birdflu.ap/index.html
Asia’s bird flu outbreak is at a critical stage where it could easily become a human pandemic and officials should help prevent that by launching mass vaccinations of poultry, U.N. health experts warned Monday. The virus, which has killed 54 people in Asia, currently appears to spread to people only when they come in close contact with sick poultry, but the virus has behaved in ways that suggests it remains as unstable, unpredictable and versatile as ever.

Bird Flu May Soon Land in Europe and Australia — (New Scientist — July 6, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/mg18725074.100
Thousands of wild birds in north-west China may have been infected by a bird flu virus closely related to the one that has devastated poultry farms in south-east Asia. Scientists warn that the birds might carry the virus as far as India, Australia and Europe. it is not known how many birds migrate to the farthest reaches of their species’ known ranges. But if some birds carrying the virus remain healthy enough to migrate, the disease could spread far and wide.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Laser Pulses Could Power Quantum Logic Gate
Sony Patent Takes First Step Towards Real-life Matrix
World’s First First Electronic Paper
Tomorrow’s World
Gates: Get Ready for Chip Implants

Laser Pulses Could Power Quantum Logic Gate — (New Scientist — July 4, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7624
An exotic light-wielding computer that should be capable of immensely complex calculations has been designed by researchers, who say that the new design will operate differently and more efficiently that other designs of optical quantum computers. They calculate that the scheme could be used to fashion a fundamental computing component known as a logic gate. Stringing several of these together would then yield more complex components.

Sony Patent Takes First Step Towards Real-life Matrix — (New Scientist — April 7, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18624944.600
Imagine movies and computer games in which you get to smell, taste and perhaps even feel things. That’s the tantalizing prospect raised by a patent on a device for transmitting sensory data directly into the human brain – granted to none other than the entertainment giant Sony. The technique describes a device that fires pulses of ultrasound at the head to modify firing patterns in targeted parts of the brain, creating “sensory experiences” ranging from moving images to tastes and sounds.

World’s First First Electronic Paper — (Fujitsu — July 13, 2005)
http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2005/20050713-01.html
Fujitsu announced their joint development of the world’s first film substrate-based bendable color electronic paper with an image memory function. The new electronic paper features vivid color images that are unaffected even when the screen is bent, and features an image memory function that enables continuous display of the same image without the need for electricity.

Tomorrow’s World — (BBC News — July 2, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4638747.stm
Breathing furniture, a digital paint roller, and a concrete tent are just a few of the projects at this year’s Royal College of Art student show in London. Simply called The Show, this annual event is one of the most popular dates in the design calendar. It offers a glimpse at some of the cutting edge innovations taking place in Britain today, and a chance to see the products of tomorrow.

Gates: Get Ready for Chip Implants — (Associated Press — July 5, 2005)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/07/04/gates.implants.ap/index.html
Technological advances will one day allow computers to be implanted in the human body and could help the blind see and the deaf hear, according to Bill Gates, whose company is spending more than US$6 billion on research and development this year to stay a world leader in software development. The fantasy is coming closer to reality as advances in technology mean computers are learning to interact with human characteristics such as voices, touch — even smell.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

New Direction?
Marine Crisis Looms Over Acidifying Oceans
Warmer Air May Cause Increased Antarctic Sea Ice Cover
Nightmare Vision of Underwater Britain

New Direction? — (BBC News — June 30, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4634539.stm
The environment itself is not the burning issue at the White House – but the price of gas is. The pressure on the US president to do something on global warming along the lines sought by other world leaders comes not from traditional green activists, but from rising oil prices. So Mr. Bush is proposing a raft of proposals in an energy bill, some of which might please traditional environmental activists and some that might appall them.

Marine Crisis Looms Over Acidifying Oceans — (New Scientist — June 30, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7609
Levels of carbonic acid – the reaction product of water and carbon dioxide that is found in soda water – are increasing in the oceans at a rate one hundred times faster than the world has seen for millions of years. In addition to devastating marine ecosystems, the knock-on effects of increasing acidification include harm to major economic activities such as tourism and fishing.

Warmer Air May Cause Increased Antarctic Sea Ice Cover — (Science Daily — June 30, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050630064726.htm
Predicted increases in precipitation due to warmer air temperatures from greenhouse gas emissions may actually increase sea ice volume in the Antarctic’s Southern Ocean. This finding from a new study adds evidence of potential asymmetry between the two poles and may be an indication that climate change processes may have varying impacts on different areas of the globe.

Nightmare Vision of Underwater Britain — (The Scotsman — June 28, 2005)
http://news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=710322005
A new study suggests that the planet’s rapidly changing weather patterns would have a devastating effect on the UK, should sea levels rise uncontrollably. The worst scenario is the 84-metre rise, which could occur as a result of three major ice sheets melting. The team pointed out that this would only happen if the world did nothing about carbon gas emissions, leading to a runaway greenhouse effect.


 

TERRORISM AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

Tech’s Part in Preventing Attacks
Beam It Right There, Scotty
Decoys Suggested for Pentagon Network
XM Satellite’s Network Could get Drafted

Tech’s Part in Preventing Attacks — (C|Net News — July 7, 2005)
http://news.com.com/Techs+part+in+preventing+attacks/2100-7348_3-5778470.html?tag=nefd.top
A Los Altos, Calif.-based company has created software that uses visual pattern recognition and search technologies to match archived still or video images with pictures gathered from security cameras or other sources. The software can also pick out anomalies–someone walking with a large box, or a truck that keeps coming back to the same spot–in hours of video footage.

Beam It Right There, Scotty — (Associated Press — July 10, 2005)
http://wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,68152,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_7
For years, the U.S. military has explored a new kind of firepower that is instantaneous, precise and almost inexhaustible: beams of electromagnetic energy. “Directed-energy” pulses can be throttled up or down depending on the situation, much like the phasers on Star Trek could be set to kill or merely stun. Such weapons are now nearing fruition. But logistical issues have delayed their battlefield debut.

Decoys Suggested for Pentagon Network — (Washington Post — July 4, 2005)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/03/AR2005070300888.html
Two of the Pentagon’s leading technologists propose defending the military’s Global Information Grid by using decoy networks and “honey pots” to fool hackers. The goal is to lure intruders into these areas and away from operational networks. These systems will collect information on methodologies, techniques and tools while providing a realistic ‘playground’ for the intruder.

XM Satellite’s Network Could get Drafted — (Associated Press — June 26, 2005)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8367617/
XM and Raytheon Co. have jointly built a communications system that would use XM’s satellites to relay information to soldiers and emergency responders during a crisis. The Mobile Enhanced Situational Awareness Network, known as MESA, would get a dedicated channel on XM’s satellites that would be accessible only on devices given to emergency personnel.


 

AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE

Lifelike Robot Repliee Q1 May Need Voight-Kampff Test
Will RFID-guided Robots Rule the World?

Lifelike Robot Repliee Q1 May Need Voight-Kampff Test — (Technovelgy.com — June 14, 2005)
http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=404
The ultra-lifelike robot Repliee Q1 made quite an impression at the 2005 World Expo in Japan. Repliee Q1 has silicone for skin, rather than hard plastic. It has a number of sensors to allow it to react in a manner that appears natural; it appears to flutter its eyelids, chest movements correspond to breathing, and other tiny shifts in position that mimic unconscious human movement.

Will RFID-guided Robots Rule the World? — (C|Net News — July 8, 2005)
http://news.com.com/Will+RFID-guided+robots+rule+the+world/2100-7337_3-5778286.html?tag=nefd.top
Robots with radio frequency identification, or RFID are being used as resources where humans were traditionally required, with applications ranging from taking warehouse inventory to watching the playground. This sensory perception allows robots to better interact with people and objects around them. Companies hope to continue implementing practical RFID robots in areas with potential for development, like healthcare, where robots might eventually help families in assisting elderly or disabled relatives.


 

ENERGY REVOLUTION

‘Carbon Free’ Power Station Planned in Scotland
Thorium Fuels Safer Reactor Hopes
Purdue Findings Support Earlier Nuclear Fusion Experiments
Simulated Oil Meltdown Shows U.S. Economy’s Vulnerability
Honda Leases First Fuel Cell Vehicle to a Family
The Dotcom King & the Rooftop Solar Revolution

‘Carbon Free’ Power Station Planned in Scotland — (Reuters — June 30, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050630/sc_nm/energy_britain_carbon_dc;_ylt=A86.I1KkuMRCnFgAngghANEA;
_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

ET Energy major BP and three partners are planning to build a plant in Scotland which would be the first in the world to generate “carbon free” electricity from hydrogen, the companies said on Thursday. The project would convert natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2), then use the hydrogen to fuel a power station and ship the CO2 to a North Sea oil field to increase oil recovery and for storage ultimately.

Thorium Fuels Safer Reactor Hopes — (Wired — July 5, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,68045,00.html?tw=wn_7techhead
Fueling nuclear reactors with the element thorium instead of uranium could produce half as much radioactive waste and reduce the availability of weapons-grade plutonium by as much as 80 percent. The naturally occurring element is more abundant, more efficient and safer to use than uranium. Plus, very little of it breaks down into plutonium as it is used, meaning that governments have access to less material for making nuclear weapons. But the nuclear power industry needs more incentives to make the switch, experts say.

Purdue Findings Support Earlier Nuclear Fusion Experiments — (Purdue University — July 12, 2005)
http://news.uns.purdue.edu/UNS/html4ever/2005/050712.Xu.fusion.html
Researchers at Purdue University have new evidence supporting earlier findings by other scientists who designed an inexpensive “tabletop” device that uses sound waves to produce nuclear fusion reactions. Nuclear fusion reactors have historically required large, expensive machines, but acoustic cavitation devices, like the ones utilized in these experiments, might be built for a fraction of the cost. Researchers have estimated that temperatures inside the imploding bubbles created in the device reach 10 million degrees Celsius and pressures comparable to 1,000 million earth atmospheres at sea level.

Simulated Oil Meltdown Shows U.S. Economy’s Vulnerability — (Washingto Bureau — June 24, 2005)
http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/11979395.htm
What impact might potential spikes in overseas oil prices have on American and global economies? In this hypothetical circumstance, a simulated economic scenario is narrated as American drivers see higher prices at the pumps as a result of political instability and terrorist strikes. Two former CIA directors and several other former top policy-makers participated in the simulation to draw attention to America’s need to reduce its dependence on oil, especially foreign oil.

Honda Leases First Fuel Cell Vehicle to a Family — (Reuters — June 29, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050629/tc_nm/autos_honda_fuelcells_dc
A Los Angeles family became the first in the United States to lease a hydrogen-powered car from Honda as the company introduces consumers to the zero-emission technology. Honda, which already leases nonpolluting FCX fuel cell cars to several cities, said the initial consumer test was critical toward eventual commercial viability.

The Dotcom King & the Rooftop Solar Revolution — (Wired — July 11, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.07/solar.html?tw=wn_tophead_6
The Sunflower Solar Concentrator, a solar power generator scaled down for installation on household rooftops, is undergoing development by entrepreneur Bill Gross. For lab testing It will endure showers of fake hailstones fired from air guns, snowdrifts simulated with water-saturated foam-rubber blankets, and 25 years’ worth of punishing ultraviolet radiation.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons. —Unknown, Popular Mechanics, March 1949


 

A special thanks to Philip Bogdonoff, Bernard Calil, Humera Khan, Deanna Korda, KurzweilAI, Sher Patterson-Black, Diane Petersen, John C. Petersen, the Schwartzreport, Joel Snell, and Thomas Valone, our contributors to this issue. If you see something we should know about, do send it along – thanks. [email protected]
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Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the National Security Agency where he blew the whistle on massive multi-billion dollar fraud, waste and abuse; the widespread violations of the rights of citizens through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11; and critical 9/11 intelligence failures. He is the recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth Telling Prize, a joint recipient with Jesselyn Radack of the 2011 Sam Adams Associates Integrity in Intelligence Award and the 2012 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He is now dedicated to the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

Alain Nu

Las Vegas headliner, Alain Nu – “The Man Who Knows”, brings us his mind-bending mental and metaphysical abilities. His highly entertaining and most provocative show intermingles feats of mind-reading and spoon bending with other baffling demonstrations that defy explanation.

Joni Patry

Joni Patry is one of the most recognized teachers and Vedic astrologers in the world. She was a faculty member for ACVA, CVA and Instructor for online certification programs, published many books, journals and appeared on national and international television shows. As the keynote speaker for international conferences, she has a Japanese website, and teaches in Austria, Turkey and India. She has been awarded the 2015 Jyotish Star of the year and Dr B. V. Raman’s Janma Shatamanothsava Award Jyotisha Choodamani. She publishes an online astrological magazine, Astrologic Magazine http://astrologicmagazine.com/ and has an online University for certification, the University of Vedic Astrology. http://universityofvedicastrology.com

Regina Meredith

As Regina’s career progressed, so did her decades long exploration into the world of esoteric and hidden sciences – the reality beyond the 5 sense world. Guidance from these realms suggested it was time to bring her skill set to the world of video/televised media, so in late 2004, along with her husband Scott, she co-created ‘Conscious Media Network’, the first online network to feature full length original video interviews with authors and experts in the realms of the meta-physical, healing arts and alternative theories, opening up a world that many had experienced but never had access to on this scale.

Gaia: In 2012, Conscious Media Network merged with Gaiam TV in 2012, with Regina serving as anchor in their new media division on Open Minds and Healing Matrix. The demand for Regina’s unique perspective on a variety of subjects has drawn attention from conference organizers, moving her into the public as a presenter at conferences. In addition, Regina offers retreats and workshops for those who wish to ‘Dive Deep’ into a new understanding of the nature of reality and life itself. In this venue she shares her exclusive approach to meditation and regression work for a greater understanding of life’s challenges and identifying the innate joys.

Dr. Harold Puthoff

Although nominated for a Nobel Prize in physics for his breakthrough theoretical work on zero-point energy, Dr. Harold Puthoff, is most recognized for having been a co-founder of the secret US government “remote viewing” program that successfully used psychics to spy on the Soviet Union and China.

Now a principal and science advisor in a leading-edge effort by former senior military and intelligence managers to disclose the many decades of interest that the US has had in UFOs, he comes to Berkeley Springs on the 8th of February to give a TransitionTalk about his work in making sense out of the UFO phenomena.

Dr. Puthoff’s presentation will include a summary of his current activities with To The Stars Academy, which is on the forefront of bringing into the open formerly highly classified efforts by the government to track, record and understand the meaning of hundreds of encounters that the military has had with UFOs over the past years.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn from and question one of the foremost thinkers and leaders of the rapidly accelerating global effort to both make the public aware of what was previously unacknowledged about UFO and alien interaction with humans and also to address the deep questions about what is happening and what it might mean for the future of humanity.

Gregg Braden

Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author, and is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and human potential! His discoveries have led to 12 award-winning books now published in over 40 languages. The UK’s Watkins Journal lists Gregg among the top 100 of “the world’s most spiritually influential living people” for the 5th consecutive year, and he is a 2017 nominee for the prestigious Templeton Award.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Rosemary Ellen Guiley is a leading expert on the paranormal and supernatural. With more than 50 books – including 10 encyclopedias – and hundreds of articles in print on a wide range of paranormal, spiritual and mystical topics, she possesses exceptional knowledge of the field. Her present work focuses on inter-dimensional entity contact experiences and communication.

John L. Petersen

John L. Petersen is considered by many to be one of the most informed futurists in the world. He is best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises (wild cards) and the process of surprise anticipation. His current professional involvements include the development of sophisticated tools for anticipatory analysis and surprise anticipation, long-range strategic planning and helping leadership design new approaches for dealing with the future.

 

He has led national non-profit organizations, worked in sales, manufacturing, real estate development, and marketing and advertising, mostly for companies he founded. A graduate electrical engineer, he has also promoted rock concerts; produced conventions; and worked as a disc jockey, among other things.

Mr. Petersens government and political experience include stints at the National War College, the Institute for National Security Studies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council staff at the White House. He was a naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve and is a decorated veteran of both the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. He has served in senior positions for a number of presidential political campaigns and was an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1984. He was twice the runner-up to be Secretary of the Navy.

In 1989, Petersen founded The Arlington Institute (TAI), a non-profit, future-oriented research institute. TAI operates on the premise that effective thinking about the future is impossible without casting a very wide net. The “think tank” serves as a global agent for change by developing new concepts, processes and tools for anticipating the future and translating that knowledge into better present-day decisions. Using advanced information technology, a core group of bright thinkers and an international network of exceptionally curious people along with simulations, modeling, scenario building, polling and analysis, Arlington helps equip leaders and organizations from many disciplines with tools and actionable perspectives for dealing with uncertain times.

An award-winning writer, Petersens first book, The Road to 2015: Profiles of the Future was awarded Outstanding Academic Book of 1995 by CHOICE Academic Review, and remained on The World Future Societys best-seller list for more than a year. His Out of the Blue: How to Anticipate Wild Cards and Big Future Surprises book was also a WFS best-seller. His latest book is a Vision of 2012: Planning for Extraordinary Change. His coauthored article, (The Year 2000: Social Chaos or Social Transformation?) was one of the most highly acclaimed writings on Y2K. His 1988 book-length report (The Diffusion of Power: An Era of Realignment) was used at the highest levels of American government as a basis for strategic planning. He has also written papers on the future of national security and the military, the future of energy and the future of the media.

Petersen is a past board member of the World Future Society, writes on the future of aviation for Professional Pilot magazine and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. He is a former network member of the Global Business Network and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. A provocative public speaker, he addresses a wide array of audiences around the world on a variety of future subjects. When he is not writing or speaking, Petersen invests in and develops resources for large, international projects and advanced technology start-up companies. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Speaking Inquiries: Email [email protected]

Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele, former spy, former Marine Corps officer, a proponent of Open Source Everything, Presidential candidate in 2012 and perhaps again in 2024, recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 will integrate his life’s experience with his lessons from the works of others to explore love versus fear as a foundation for politics; liberty under natural law versus predatory fascism as we now have in the USA; and the possibilities for cosmic awakening very soon, in a full-on defeat of the Deep State and its Archon masters.

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson’s amazing ability to dream about the future in terms that can be reliably translated into people, times, places, and activities has been the subject of books, major university scientific studies, films, articles, TV shows, and just about all forms of media. He has taught many people how to dream about the future and, through his advanced intuitive capabilities, helped thousands to understand how to deal with seemingly impossible personal situations. He is also a healer, having on numerous occasions led people with supposedly terminal conditions to eliminate those issues and return to a healthy life. There is no one else in the world that has Chris’s fascinating background (undercover police work, etc.), coupled with these amazing personal gifts.

Frank DeMarco

FRANK DeMARCO has been reporting on his conversations with non-physical beings for more than two decades, in magazine articles, talks, and in a dozen non-fiction books and two novels.

FRANK DeMARCO is the author of 14 books rooted in more than 25 years of psychic exploration, including It’s All One World, Awakening from the 3D World, Rita’s World (two volumes), The Cosmic Internet, The Sphere and the Hologram, and Imagine Yourself Well. Since 2005, he has been actively engaged in an on-going series of conversations with various non-physical beings, including historical individuals, “past lives,” aspects of personal guidance, and a generalized group he calls “the guys upstairs.”

He is also the author of three novels, Messenger, That Phenomenal Background (originally published as Babe in the Woods) and Dark Fire.

Dr. Larry Dossey

Dr. Larry Dossey is a physician of internal medicine and former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital. He received his M. D. degree from Southwestern Medical School (Dallas), and trained in internal medicine at Parkland and the VA hospitals in Dallas. Dossey has lectured at medical schools and hospitals throughout the United States and abroad. In 1988 he delivered the annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, India, the only physician ever invited to do so. He is the author of twelve books dealing with consciousness, spirituality, and healing, including the New York Times bestseller HEALING WORDS: THE POWER OF PRAYER AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE, and most recently One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters. His books have been translated into languages around the world. Dr. Dossey is the former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is the executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing. Dr. Dossey lectures around the world. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife Barbara, a nurse-consultant and the author of several award-winning books.

William Buhlman

William Buhlman is a recognized expert on the subject of out-of-body experiences. The author’s forty years of extensive personal out-of-body explorations give him a unique and thought provoking insight into this subject. His first book, Adventures beyond the Body chronicles his personal journey of self-discovery through out-of-body travel, and provides the reader with the preparation and techniques that can be used for their own adventure. He has conducted an international out-of-body experience survey that includes over 16,000 participants from forty-two countries. The provocative results of this survey are presented in his book, The Secret of the Soul. This cutting edge book explores the unique opportunities for personal growth and profound spiritual awakenings that are reported during out-of-body experiences.

Over the past two decades William has developed an effective system to experience safe, self initiated out-of-body adventures. He conducts an in-depth six-day workshop titled, Out-of-Body Exploration Intensive at the renowned Monroe Institute in Virginia. As a certified hypnotherapist, William incorporates various methods, including hypnosis, visualization and meditation techniques in his workshops to explore the profound nature of out-of-body experiences and the benefits of accelerated personal development. Through lectures, workshops and his books the author teaches the preparation and techniques of astral projection and spiritual exploration.

The author brings a refreshing look to how we can use out-of-body experiences to explore our spiritual identity and enhance our intellectual and physical lives. William is best known for his ability to teach people how to have profound spiritual adventures through the use of out-of-body experiences. In addition, he has developed an extensive series of audio programs that are designed to expand awareness and assist in the exploration of consciousness. William has appeared on numerous television and radio shows worldwide. William’s books are currently available in twelve languages. The author lives in Delaware, USA. For more information visit his web site, www.astralinfo.org.

Joe McMoneagle

Joe was the longest operational psychic spy in the US government’s very highly classified Stargate program where they used psychics and intuitives to look into installations and people around the world that were of interest to government intelligence agencies. They called the process remote viewing.

As it turned out, the remote viewers discovered that they were – not limited by either time or space and produced drawings and assessments that could not have been obtained in any other way. The Soviets had an active remote viewing program at the same time and it is rumored that Russia, China and the U.S. still have initiatives of this kind that are operational.

Joe’s stories are fascinating, like the time he mentally got inside a Chinese nuclear weapon and saw how the triggering mechanism worked . . . and then went out and bought the parts at Radio Shack to show the scientists in the intelligence agency exactly how it was done. The remote viewers could find submarines at the bottom of the ocean and crashed aircraft in the middle of African jungles.

Dr. Joe Dispenza

Dr Joe Dispenza is an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who has been invited to speak in more than 33 countries on six continents. As a lecturer and educator, he is driven by the conviction that each of us has the potential for greatness and unlimited abilities. In his easy-to-understand, encouraging, and compassionate style, he has educated thousands of people, detailing how they can rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes.

Dr. Joe is also a faculty member at Quantum University in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York; and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He’s also an invited chair of the research committee at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia.

As a researcher, Dr. Joe’s passion can be found at the intersection of the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics to explore the science behind spontaneous remissions. He uses that knowledge to help people heal themselves of illnesses, chronic conditions, and even terminal diseases so they can enjoy a more fulfilled and happy life, as well as evolve their consciousness. At his advanced workshops around the world, he has partnered with other scientists to perform extensive research on the effects of meditation, including epigenetic testing, brain mapping with electroencephalograms (EEGs), and individual energy field testing with a gas discharge visualization (GDV) machine. His research also includes measuring both heart coherence with HeartMath monitors and the energy present in the workshop environment before, during, and after events with a GDV Sputnik sensor.

As a NY Times best-selling author, Dr. Joe has written Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon(Hay House, 2017), which draws on research conducted at his advanced workshops since 2012 to explore how common people are doing the uncommon to transform themselves and their lives; You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter (Hay House, 2014), which explores our ability to heal without drugs or surgery, but rather by thought alone; Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One (Hay House, 2012) and Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind (2007), both of which detail the neuroscience of change and epigenetics. His film appearances include Transcendence: Live Life Beyond the Ordinary (2018); HEAL (2017); E-Motion (2014); Sacred Journey of the Heart (2012); People v. the State of Illusion (2011); What IF – The Movie (2010); Unleashing Creativity (2009); and What the #$*! Do We Know? & Down the Rabbit Hole, extended DVD version (2005).

Dr. Todd Ovokaitys

After two years at Northwestern, he was accepted into an accelerated combined graduate/undergraduate program at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, which conferred both B.A. and M.D. degrees. Advanced training was at Georgetown University Hospital, with a Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine followed by a Fellowship in Pulmonary and Intensive Care Medicine.

During his Pulmonary Fellowship, the specialty that concerns the lungs, Dr. Todd began his research with cells of the immune system. Many procedures were done on AIDS patients to diagnose their lung problems. Observing this dire disease firsthand and the toxic results of early medical treatments, Dr. Todd developed a passion for finding better solutions. Towards the end of his Fellowship, he became aware of the benefits of Holistic Medicine for improving the function of the immune system while building rather than impairing the function of other systems.

Inspired to learn more, he moved to Southern California to study with practitioners of Complementary Medicine. In the context of these studies, he had an experience so radical that the course of his life and work were forever transformed.

During a meditation class in the summer of 1989, Dr. Todd paired with another student for an exercise. The process was profound and they took turns, one in the process while the other scribed to record any breakthroughs of awareness. Much as in the Jodie Foster movie “Contact,” the usual anchor points dissolved with the feeling of instant transport to a different dimension of being. There was a doorway or portal to traverse, with a message of the responsibility taken on through the choice to go further.

Instantly upon walking through this doorway, a living form was seen that filled a room – and had the shape of a DNA strand enlarged millions of times. This form communicated that science only partly understood how DNA worked. The linear understanding of DNA as an enormous data string was correct but incomplete. In addition, DNA was a structure of coils within coils in an environment of moving charges that permitted DNA to send electromagnetic signals much as a radio transmitter. Further, DNA could receive and be conditioned by electromagnetic signals. Most significantly, if it were possible to determine and transmit the correct resonant signals, that it was possible to switch the activity of a sick cell to that of a healthy cell, an old cell to that of a young cell.

This experience brought with it a certainty that solutions were possible. After intensive review of the previous work showing the effects of electromagnetic energy patterns on cellular health and function, Dr. Todd located a colleague with the technical expertise to build the desired invention.

Mary Rodwell

Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, researcher, metaphysician, and founder and principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network). She is internationally known for her work with ET experiencers and star children. She offers regressions and support for contactees and has organized a buddy system to help those who have had close encounters. Mary has spoken at conferences in Australia, USA, UK, Scandinavia, Hawaii and New Zealand. She is a regular guest on international radio and online shows and writes article for international publications like the UFO Truth Magazine. Mary is co-founder of FREE, a non-profit organization aimed at researching close encounters.

She is the author of, Awakening – How extra-terrestrial contact can transform your life. Mary is working on her second book, The New Human, due for release this year.

Freddy Silva

Freddy Silva is a best-selling author, and leading researcher of ancient civilizations, restricted history, sacred sites and their interaction with consciousness. He has published six books in six languages, and produced eleven documentaries. Described by one CEO as “perhaps the best metaphysical speaker in the world right now,” for two decades he has been an international keynote speaker, with notable appearances at the International Science and Consciousness Conference, the International Society For The Study Of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, and the Association for Research and Enlightenment, in addition to appearances on Gaia TV, History Channel, BBC, and radio shows such as Coast To Coast. He also leads private sell-out tours to ancient temples worldwide. www.invisibletemple.com

Sharry Edwards

Sharry Edwards has been accused of being too scientific by some, too esoteric by others. In actuality, she is a bridge between both fields of inquiry. Sharry is the acknowledged pioneer in the emerging field of Vocal Profiling using BioAcoustic Biology. For many years she has provided the leading-edge research to show the voice as a holographic representation of the body that can be used to change the face of medicine.

Sharry asks that we imagine a future in which we can be individually identified and maintained through the use of frequency based biomarkers that keep us healthy and emotionally balanced. Her work at the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has shown that we can each have dominion over those frequencies by individual mind management or a simple remote control that is completely programmable. Using the unique techniques of Vocal Profiling and evaluation, emotional as well as physiological issues can be revealed and addressed.

Her work with the human voice reveals that people who share similar traumas, stresses, diseases, toxicities…share similar, if not identical, vocal anomalies. She brings together ancient knowledge with modern ideas of harmonics and frequency relationship theories to show that math can be used as a form of predictive, diagnostic and curative foundation for wellness. Through entrainment of the frequency grids of the brain, the body can be programmed to support its own optimal form and function.

Dr. John McMichael

John McMichael, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Beach Tree Labs, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and early development of new therapeutic agents targeting unmet medical needs. These disorders range from herpes infections to chronic fatigue syndrome to urinary incontinence. His PhD is in virology and immunology from Oregon State University. He headed up the labs at one of the largest private veterinary research practices in the country, was a college professor for more than a decade, and now works out of a small lab on his form in New York state and a larger, more sophisticated lab in Providence, Rhode Island. He holds over 200 patents, has published in books and peer-reviewed journals, and is currently working with his team to begin formal FDA trials for product candidates for chronic traumatic brain injury and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.

Good health is dependent on the appropriate transfer of information within and between cells. The informational and molecular disharmonies associated with disease can be reversed using appropriate therapeutic signals that stimulate the return to the normal state without adverse effects. One such signal molecule, SLO, has demonstrated clinical utility in a broad spectrum of indications that would at first glance appear to be unrelated. The underlying common thread that links these disorders is representative of the targets to which resonant molecular signals are directed.

Dr. Carrie Hempel & Brian Sanderoff

Integrative Physician Dr. Carrie Hempel and Holistic Pharmacist Brian Sanderoffare both experts in the medicinal use of cannabis in Maryland.

Dr. Hempel is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. As an Osteopathic Physician, she has embraced a holistic approach to patient care, providing loving attention to the relationship between mind, body, and spirit. For the past 11 years she has received specialist training, Board Certification and expertise in several fields including Internal Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine, along with many Integrative modalities. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Association of Cannabis Specialists, and is registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

Over the course of her career she has seen the consistent struggle of patients dealing with chronic, progressive, debilitating illness, and witnessed the challenges and limitations of the current pharmaceutical options for pain and symptom managment. Her passion for this population has grown, along with her desire to advocate for patients to have access to non-opioid, holistic options to enhance quality of life and optimize function.

Trained as a pharmacist, Brian Sanderoff has integrated 25 years of experience with his traditional medical training and herbalism, nutrition and numerous other holistic modalities to help clients devise practical, common-sense, safe solutions to most any health issue.

His clients appreciate how he embraces a complementary approach to health and how his holistic “compass” brings them new solutions to their unique health concerns – especially chronic diseases.

Mary Rodwell

Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, researcher, metaphysician, and founder and principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network). She is internationally known for her work with ET experiencers and star children. She offers regressions and support for contactees and has organised a buddy system to help those who have had close encounters. Mary has spoken at conferences in Australia, USA, UK, Scandinavia, Hawaii and New Zealand. She is a regular guest on international radio and online shows and writes article for international publications like the UFO Truth Magazine. Mary is co-founder of FREE, a non-profit organisation aimed at researching close encounters.

Steve McDonald

Steve McDonald is an extraordinary Australian thinker and researcher who arguably knows as much about the structure of the global planetary transition that we are experiencing as anyone on the planet. He draws coherent pictures from the deep insights of Clair W. Graves and paints clear, explanatory images of not only how humanity has evolved to this point, but what is inevitably on our horizon . . . and how this epic transition will continue to play out.

He is currently writing a book about the global paradigm shift that’s taking us beyond the scientific-industrial era. Steve served with the Australian Army for 15 years, including war service as an infantry company commander in Somalia, 1993. He is also a qualified military helicopter pilot and on leaving the army he flew a rescue helicopter in the tropical Mackay-Whitsunday region of Queensland. Building upon his extensive experience in unpredictable environments, after retiring from flying Steve specialized as a change management consultant. He consequently studied the developmental psychology research of Dr Clare W Graves and became one of the first Australians qualified to teach Dr Graves’ theory under the banner of Spiral Dynamics Integral. A long-term struggle with posttraumatic stress has driven Steve’s deep interest in human nature and consciousness. He is a founder of Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine, an Australian non-profit association. He is also a founder of AADII, a non-profit company created to support worldwide transformational change.

Robert Coxon

Although Robert Coxon had been studying and composing music for many years, it was after taking the Silva Mind Control course that he realized how powerful sound could be in relaxing the body and opening the consciousness. He then decided to write his first album.

Cristal Silence quickly became a major hit throughout Canada, staying on top of the charts for many years. This was the beginning of his continuing phenomenal success as composer and solo artist. For the last 29 years he has performed only his original compositions in concert. Robert has been nominated four times for the prestigious “Felix” award (French Canada equivalent to the Grammy), and became Canada’s best-selling New Age artist. His international breakthrough came after composing The Silent Path in 1995. This album was an instant hit in Canada, the USA and France. After hearing The Silent Path, Lee Carroll, internationally renowned author of 15 bestselling Kryon and Indigo books, contacted Robert and asked him to join his team on tour. Through the years this has given Robert the opportunity to experience different cultures and inspires him to write music honoring these many countries he performs in.

Robert offers us nine albums, the latest three being The Infinite, essence of life, Goddess -The Power of Woman and Passion Compassion Alegeria.

Joe Dispenza

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Gary Sycalik

Gary Sycalik has been described as an entrepreneur, businessman, project developer/manager, consultant/advisor, organizational troubleshooter, strategic planner, facilitator, futurist, business and social architect, complex problematic game designer (policy, strategic, tactic levels) and writer. Gary brings a robust horizontal and vertical functional capability to any project from the conceptual to operational stage.

Kingsley L. Dennis Phd.

Kingsley L. Dennis, PhD, is a sociologist, researcher, and writer. He previously worked in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, UK. Kingsley is the author of numerous articles on social futures; technology and new media communications; global affairs; and conscious evolution. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books including Healing the Wounded Mind, The Sacred Revival, The Phoenix Generation, New Consciousness for a New World, Struggle for Your Mind, After the Car, and the celebrated Dawn of the Akashic Age (with Ervin Laszlo). He has traveled extensively and lived in various countries. He currently lives in Andalusia, Spain.

 

His homepage is www.kingsleydennis.com

Penny Kelly

Penny Kelly is an author, teacher, speaker, publisher, personal and spiritual consultant, and Naturopathic physician. She travels, lectures, and teaches a variety of classes and workshops, and maintains a large consulting practice. She has been involved in scientific research and investigations into consciousness at Pinelandia Laboratory near Ann Arbor, MI.