Volume 8, Number 9 – 06/30/2005

Volume 8, Number 9
06/30/2005
Edited by John L. Petersen
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In This Issue:

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.


 

FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • Computer scientists in the US are developing a system that would allow people to “teleport” a solid 3D recreation of themselves over the internet- not just a picture or hologram.
  • Medical centers in the United States are finalizing plans for a surgical face transplant, removing the face of a cadaver and stitching it onto an adult.
  • A new dashboard finger scanner could prevent thousands of car injuries each year by fine-tuning crash restraint systems according to a passenger’s bone density.
  • Scientists have succeeded in reviving dogs after three hours of clinical death.

 

THINK LINKS – THE FUTURE IN THE NEWS…TODAY

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

Finger Scanner Fine-tunes Car Safety Settings
Smart Traffic Forecast Offers Seven-day Predictions

Finger Scanner Fine-tunes Car Safety Settings — (New Scientist — June 14, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7520
A dashboard finger scanner could prevent thousands of car injuries each year by fine-tuning crash restraint systems to a passenger’s bone density. The ultrasound scanner assesses an individual’s tolerance to injury, allowing a vehicle’s onboard computer to adjust the force applied by their seatbelt and airbag accordingly.

Smart Traffic Forecast Offers Seven-day Predictions — (New Scientist — June 29, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7605
A traffic forecasting system capable of predicting traffic conditions seven days in advance has been released to the public in California. Alongside the weather forecast, viewers of KXTV News 10 in Sacramento can now get 3D animations of their local road network, showing not only where the gridlock is but also where it is likely to be.


 

NEW REALITIES

Humans to Extract Billions of Tons of Precious Metals from Asteroids
The Universe
Neutrino Ripples Spotted in Space
No Paradox for Time Travelers

Humans to Extract Billions of Tons of Precious Metals from Asteroids — (PRAVDA — June 14, 2005)
http://english.pravda.ru/science/19/94/377/15642_exoplanet.html
2,900 cubic kilometers of space matter, from which asteroid Eros is made, contains 20 billion tons of aluminium, a similar amount of platinum, gold and other precious metals. In other words, there is a giant mine of rich resources flying somewhere near Earth. The reserves of the mine are evaluated at some 20-30 trillion dollars.

The Universe — (Florida State University — No Date)
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/index.html
Florida State University has mounted a webpage that begins as a view of the Milky Way Galaxy viewed from a distance of 10 million light years and then zooms in towards Earth in powers of ten finally reaching the subatomic particles of a large oak tree on the campus. Some of the shots are necessarily just artist’s representation, but many are actual photographs. This “journey” is well worth the few seconds it takes.

Neutrino Ripples Spotted in Space — (Nature — June 17, 2005)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050613/full/050613-11.html
Astronomers have spotted a signature of neutrinos created just seconds after the Big Bang. The find supports current models of the origins of the Universe, and may provide a glimpse of its birth. The fundamental particles called neutrinos are difficult to study, because they interact so weakly with normal matter – trillions whizz straight through your body every second. But astrophysicists say that the signature of primordial neutrinos is written in the cosmic microwave background (CMB).

No Paradox for Time Travelers — (New Scientist — June 18, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/fundamentals/mg18625044.300
The laws of physics seem to permit time travel, and with it, paradoxical situations such as the possibility that people could go back in time to prevent their own birth. But it turns out that such paradoxes may be ruled out by the weirdness inherent in laws of quantum physics.


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Breakthrough Isolating Embryo-quality Stem Cells From Blood
Zombie Dogs
U.S. Medical Centers Finalizing Plans for a Face Transplant
Early Sperm Cells Develop from Human Stem Cells

Breakthrough Isolating Embryo-quality Stem Cells From Blood — (Science Daily — June 19, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050619115816.htm
A new breakthrough tool that could allow scientists to harvest stem cells from adult blood for the first time was announced recently. The cells are currently taken from aborted human fetuses, which has led to considerable controversy and opposition. This new technique can extract and isolate embryo-quality stem cells from healthy adults and could unlock the stem cell revolution, stimulating a boom in medical research using stem cells.

Zombie Dogs — (News.com — June 27, 2005)
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15739502-13762,00.html
US scientists have succeeded in reviving the dogs after three hours of clinical death, paving the way for trials on humans within years. Pittsburgh’s Safar Center for Resuscitation Research has developed a technique in which a dog’s blood is replaced with saline solution only a few degrees above freezing, inducing a state of hypothermia. The animals stop breathing and have no heartbeat or brain activity. But three hours later, their blood is replaced and the dogs are brought back to life with an electric shock.

U.S. Medical Centers Finalizing Plans for a Face Transplant — (Chicago Tribune — June 21, 2005)
http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/nation/11908999.htm
At least two medical centers in the United States are finalizing plans for a controversial new procedure: a face transplant. Surgeons say they are ready to remove the face of a cadaver and stitch it onto an adult who has been severely disfigured by trauma, burns, or tumors. A face transplant would permit patients to eat, drink and communicate with others through the vast array of facial expressions that few think about until they are lost. Critics note that face transplants won’t save or prolong lives but will require recipients to take powerful and perhaps dangerous immunosuppressive drugs for the rest of their lives.

Early Sperm Cells Develop from Human Stem Cells — (Reuters — June 19, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050620/sc_nm/health_fertility_stemcell_dc;_ylt=A86.I0UnOLZCccQAMBohANEA;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl
Using embryonic stem cells, scientists say they have developed early forms of cells that change over time to form human sperm or eggs, depending on gender. The achievement could pave the way for new treatments involving infertile couples and a wide range of other diseases.


 

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Research Offers Clues About Buckyball Behavior
Nanoparticles Deliver Cancer Breakthrough
Researchers Create First Nanofluidic Transistor
New Magnetic Herding Technique Proposed to Manipulate the Very Small
Group Aims to Play Nanotech Nanny
New Material Could Improve Fabrication of Nanoscale Components

Research Offers Clues About Buckyball Behavior — (Science Daily — June 23, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050622133814.htm
Research probing how buckyballs will interact with natural ecosystems indicates that the molecules spontaneously clump together upon contact with water, forming nanoparticles that are both soluble and toxic to bacteria. The research challenges conventional wisdom since buckyballs are notoriously insoluble by themselves. The findings also illustrate shortcomings of federal guidelines for the handling and disposal of buckyballs, which are subject to the same regulations as bulk carbon black.

Nanoparticles Deliver Cancer Breakthrough — (New Scientist — June 17, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7540
Tiny man-made nanoparticles have been used to successfully smuggle a powerful cancer drug into tumour cells – leaving healthy cells unharmed – in one of the first therapeutic uses for nanotechnology in living animals. The researchers believe the therapy could transform many cancers from killers into chronic, treatable diseases.

Researchers Create First Nanofluidic Transistor — (UC Berkeley News — June 28, 2005)
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2005/06/28_transistor.shtml
Researchers have invented a variation on the standard electronic transistor, creating the first “nanofluidic” transistor that allows them to control the movement of ions through sub-microscopic, water-filled channels. The researchers predict that nanofluidic transistors will anchor molecular processors, allowing microscopic chemical plants on a chip that operate without moving parts.

New Magnetic Herding Technique Proposed to Manipulate the Very Small — (Science Daily — June 21, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050621074514.htm
Engineers have introduced a new magnetic shepherding approach for deftly moving or positioning the kinds of tiny floating objects found within organisms, in order to advance potential applications in fields ranging from medicine to nanotechnology.

Group Aims to Play Nanotech Nanny — (C|Net News — June 21, 2005)
http://news.com.com/Group+aims+to+play+nanotech+nanny/2100-7338_3-5754468.html?tag=nefd.top
The Foresight Nanotechnology Institute, a futurist organization, and the Battelle Memorial Institute, which manages commercial scientific laboratories, have launched an effort to create a road map for nanotechnology, and it has received early support from some notable scientific organizations and companies. The Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems will essentially seek to set the agenda for the commercialization of nanotechnology.

New Material Could Improve Fabrication of Nanoscale Components — (Science Daily — June 24, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050622234618.htm
Chemists at Penn State have developed a new type of ultrathin film, which has unusual properties that could improve the fabrication of increasingly smaller and more intricate electronic and sensing devices. The material, a single layer made from spherical cages of carbon atoms, could enable more precise patterning of such devices with a wider range of molecular components than now is possible with conventional self-assembled monolayers.


 

GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

Second Case of Mad Cow in U.S.
Flu Pandemic Could Kill Half Million in U.S.

Second Case of Mad Cow in U.S. — (Associated Press — June 25, 2005)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8347618/
The US has confirmed what may be its first homegrown case of mad cow disease, seven months after officials first suspected the animal might be infected. The government hopes DNA tests to find the herd where the cow came from can lead to the source of the infection, according to the Agriculture Department. Pinpointing the cow’s herd will help track the animal’s feed and explain how it became infected.

Flu Pandemic Could Kill Half Million in U.S. — (CNN — June 24, 2005)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/conditions/06/24/health.flu.reut/index.html
Health experts say the world is overdue for another pandemic and fear the avian flu in Asia may be it. Avian flu has not yet acquired the ability to pass easily from person to person, but would spread rapidly if it does, experts say. Half a million Americans could die and more than 2 million could end up in the hospital with serious complications if an even moderately severe strain of a pandemic flu hits.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

‘Flying Eyeball’ to Inspect Spacecraft
HP Ships Biometric Laptop
‘Teleporting’ over the Internet
Quantum computer springs a leak
Viruses, Security Issues Undermine Internet
Mobile Phones Designed to Offer Nutritional Info

‘Flying Eyeball’ to Inspect Spacecraft — (New Scientist — June 21, 2005)
http://www.newscientistspace.com/article.ns?id=dn7549
The Miniature Autonomous Extravehicular Robotic Camera has now completed a docking test at NASA s Johnson Space Center and could be ready for its first space mission as early as 2006 or 2007. Ground controllers could fly the 19-centimetre-diameter Mini AERCam, astronauts could control it from inside the spacecraft, or the craft could scan a vehicle autonomously.

HP Ships Biometric Laptop — (CNN — June 23, 2005)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/ptech/06/23/biometric.laptops.ap/index.html
Hewlett-Packard Co. ships new laptops with biometric fingerprint readers as standard equipment. The nx6125 notebook PC, aimed at the business market, sells for $1,000 and up and includes a fingerprint sensor as a more secure and convenient alternative to passwords, which are often forgotten or stolen.

‘Teleporting’ over the Internet — (BBC — June 17, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4102018.stm
Computer scientists in the US are developing a system which would allow people to “teleport” a solid 3D recreation of themselves over the internet. The idea is to recreate a physical object in front of you – it’s not just a picture or hologram or something like that. Eventually, the objects are envisioned as being built up from “nano-dust” – tiny objects that can be programmed to bind to each other and move.

Quantum computer springs a leak — (New Scientist — June 26, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18625054.000
Attempts to build quantum computers could run up against a fundamental limit on how long useful information can persist inside them. Exceeding the limit causes information to leak away, making computation impossible. Physicists have proved that there is a universal decoherence rate for qubits. This means that quantum information will inevitably be lost after a certain time, even without any external disturbance, posing significant obstacles for engineering quantum computers.

Viruses, Security Issues Undermine Internet — (Washington Post — June 26, 2005)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/25/AR2005062501284.html?nav=most_emailed
Hackers, viruses, worms, spam, spyware and phishing sites have proliferated to the point where it’s nearly impossible for most computer users to go online without falling victim to them. Some technologists have said the Internet or parts of it are so far gone that it should be rebuilt from scratch, and over the past decade there have been several attempts to do so. Internet2, a consortium of mostly academic institutions that has built a screaming-fast network separate from the public Internet, is testing a technology that allows users to identify themselves as belonging to some sort of group.

Mobile Phones Designed to Offer Nutritional Info — (NOVIS — June 23, 2005)
http://www.nutraingredients.com/news/ng.asp?n=60831&m=2nie623&c=owjihhjzqurtius
Mobile phones with cameras transformed into barcode readers could give consumers better nutritional information than found on labels. Consumers can also use an exercise calculator to check how long they should exercise in order to burn off consumed food, calculate their body mass index, and if developed commercially, could access databases such as the GS system used by manufacturers and retailers in Finland or Udex in the UK.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Power Generating Microbes
Clearing Smoke May Trigger Global Warming Rise
Insurers Sound the Alarm on Climate Change
Slowing Currents Could Cause Catastrophe
How Much Excess Fresh Water Was Added to the North Atlantic in Recent Decades?
Space Ring Could Shade Earth and Stop Global Warming
Desert dunes set to roam

Power Generating Microbes — (WorldChanging.com — June 8, 2005)
http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/002857.html
Microbiologists report finding a species of bacteria able to both remediate some pretty nasty industrial chemicals and produce usable amounts of electricity while doing so. The technology could be used to assist in the reclamation of wastewaters, resulting in the removal of waste and generation of electricity.

Clearing Smoke May Trigger Global Warming Rise — (New Scientist — June 29, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7607
Three top climate researchers claim that the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere should have warmed the world more than they have. The reason they have not, they say, is that the warming is being masked by sun-blocking smoke, dust and other polluting particles put into the air by human activity. Their best guess is that, as the mask is removed due to controls on pollution, temperatures will warm by at least 6 C by 2100.

Insurers Sound the Alarm on Climate Change — (Financial Times — June 28, 2005)
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/84370f42-e7f8-11d9-9786-00000e2511c8.html
Global climate changes are expected to influence financial markets and leaders are taking these risks into account when making decisions on insurance underwriting, investments, or credit. The cost worldwide of storms, expected to become more frequent owing to climate change, is likely to rise by two-thirds to 15bn ($27bn, 22bn) a year in the next seven decades according to the Association of British Insurers. Some of the costs, however, could be avoided by taking preventative measures including Improved coastal defenses to reduce global annual damage.

Slowing Currents Could Cause Catastrophe — (Stuff — June 1, 2005)
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3298684a11,00.html
Scientists have detected evidence of a slowdown in ocean currents that control climate across the globe, supporting earlier research on the threats of global warming. Without these currents, parts of the globe are expected to alter dramatically. The climate in Europe would cool significantly, while New Zealand would be warmer and more susceptible to exotic diseases, scientists suggest.

How Much Excess Fresh Water Was Added to the North Atlantic in Recent Decades? — (Science Daily — June 19, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050619121942.htm
Large regions of the North Atlantic Ocean have been growing fresher since the late 1960s as melting glaciers and increased precipitation, both associated with greenhouse warming, have enhanced continental runoff into the Arctic and sub-Arctic seas. But, until now, the actual amounts and rates of fresh water accumulation have not been explicitly known. A new report shows patterns of fresh water accumulation over the past four decades suggesting a freshening threshold, important to the ocean circulation and its poleward transport of heat, could be reached in a century.

Space Ring Could Shade Earth and Stop Global Warming — (Live Science — June 27, 2005)
http://livescience.com/technology/050627_warming_solution.html
A wild idea to combat global warming suggests creating an artificial ring of small particles or spacecrafts around Earth to shade the tropics and moderate climate extremes. The ring of particles or spacecraft casting a shadow on equatorial Earth might be kept in place by gravitationally significant shepherding spacecraft. They would herd the particles much like small moons keep Saturns rings in place.

Desert dunes set to roam — (Nature — June 29, 2005)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050627/full/050627-9.html
Sand dunes in the Kalahari Desert in Africa, which have been immobile for thousands of years, will soon start to move again, researchers warn. The wandering dunes may affect hundred of thousands of people in southern Africa. Scientists’ simulations revealed a significant increase in dune activity in the southern Kalahari by 2039. By 2099, sand dunes throughout South Africa, Angola and Zambia will be on the move, they predict; such a phenomenon has not occurred in the past 14,000 to 16,000 years.


 

TERRORISM AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

‘Biosensor’ Screens Air Force Personnel and Equipment
Bioterror Paper gets Online

‘Biosensor’ Screens Air Force Personnel and Equipment — (DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory — June 17, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050617064733.htm
Wash Air Force personnel will soon know within minutes if they or their equipment are contaminated with a biological agent, thanks to a new technology developed by the Air Force and a national laboratory. The device is compact, quickly identifies agents, can be used repeatedly and requires very little maintenance to keep it running in the field.

Bioterror Paper gets Online — (Nature — June 29, 2005)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050627/full/050627-10.html
A paper that analyses a hypothetical poison attack on the United States has been published despite the government’s objections. The paper’s authors modeled the health and economic losses that would result if a terrorist poisoned the US milk supply with the botulinum toxin. The episode raises thorny issues about the proper handling of ‘dual use’ scientific research, that aims to bolster defense but that could be used maliciously.


 

AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE

Robot Guards to Patrol Shops and Offices
Machines Mimic Life at Chicago’s ‘NextFest’

Robot Guards to Patrol Shops and Offices — (Reuters — June 23, 2005)
http://reuters.excite.com/article/20050623/2005-06-23T160428Z_01_T113955_RTRIDST_0_ODD-JAPAN-ROBOT-DC.html
Robots could soon begin patrolling Japanese offices, shopping malls and banks to keep them safe from intruders. Equipped with a camera and sensors, the “Guardrobo D1,” developed by Japanese security firm Sohgo Security Services Co., is designed to patrol along pre-programed paths and keep an eye out for signs of trouble.

Machines Mimic Life at Chicago’s ‘NextFest’ — (Reuters — June 25, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050625/sc_nm/inventions_dc
At Wired Magazine’s annual “NextFest,” the high-tech carnival at a Chicago convention hall, a robot lobster and an android that not only smiles, frowns and blinks but also recognizes people and talks back were up for viewing. Also on display were a combination submersible jet-ski, a virtual air hockey game, and corporate entries such as General Motors’ hydrogen-powered vehicles and General Electric’s technologies to generate energy and make drinking water out of sea water.


 

ENERGY REVOLUTION

Biggest Nuclear Fusion Project Goes to France
To Replace Oil, U.S. Experts See Amber Waves of Plastic
Biofuel Increasingly Competitive if Oil Surge Lasts

Biggest Nuclear Fusion Project Goes to France — (New Scientist — June 28, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7593
France is to host the world’s biggest nuclear fusion reactor, a $12 billion project designed to harness the power of the Sun. The project presents an immense technological challenge, since fusing atoms will require a plasma heated to 100 million degrees to be contained in an intense magnetic field. The challenge is to do this while ensuring that more energy is produced than consumed.

To Replace Oil, U.S. Experts See Amber Waves of Plastic — (LA Times — June 26, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/latimests/20050626/ts_latimes/toreplaceoilusexpertsseeamberwavesofplastic
Agribusiness giant Cargill Inc.’s assembly lines turn raw corn kernels first into sugary syrup and then into white pellets that can be spun into silky fabric or molded into clear, tough plastic. Aiming to lead a new industrial revolution, Cargill produces T-shirts, forks and coffins that look, feel and perform like traditional polyester and plastic made from a petroleum base. In addition, the manufacturing process consumes 50% less fossil fuel, even after accounting for the fuel needed to plant and harvest the corn.

Biofuel Increasingly Competitive if Oil Surge Lasts — (Reuters — June 21, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050621/sc_nm/france_biofuels_dc;_ylt=A86.I2Mn27hC.9kAeBMhANEA;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl
Biofuels would be increasingly competitive if crude oil prices, which are back near all-time highs, were to go beyond $60 a barrel, officials at the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday. U.S. crude oil futures hit another all-time record recently at $59.52 a barrel as worries over fuel demand festered amid limited U.S. refinery capacity.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.” —Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)


 

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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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

Paul H. Smith

Paul H. Smith is the longest-serving controlled remote viewing (CRV) teacher active today, having begun his career as an instructor in 1984. He served for seven years in the government’s Star Gate remote viewing program at Ft. Meade, MD (from September 1983 to August 1990). Starting 1984, he became one of only five Star Gate personnel to be personally trained as remote viewers by the legendary founders of remote viewing, Ingo Swann and Dr. Harold E. Puthoff at SRI-International.

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]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Joey Korn

Joey Korn is one of the most accomplished dowsers in the world. Known internationally for an extraordinary ability to change and manipulate energy at all levels, he brings a deep, practical understanding of how to balance these energies . . . and change the way that they influence humans and their lives.

Jim McCarty

In 1980, Jim McCarty joined L/L Research where Don Elkins and Carla L. Rueckert were researching the field of the paranormal in general, and contact with extraterrestrial intelligence in particular. Soon later the Ra Contact began, producing 106 sessions with the social memory complex of Ra. Five books of The Law of One series were published documenting this contact.

Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His on-line writings have generated a vast following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts.

Raymon Grace

Raymon Grace, one of the world’s most extraordinary dowsers, travels the world teaching and demonstrating how dowsing can be used by most anyone to change themselves and the world around them. His down-home, direct approach is sought out by many thousands of searchers who are looking for bettering their lives and dealing with the extraordinary change that the world is experiencing.

Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna’s research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. His doctoral research (University of British Columbia, 1984) focused on the ethnopharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. Dr. McKenna is author or co-author of 4 books and over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

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.

Lee Carrol a.k.a. Kryon

Lee Carroll, Ph.D. has channeled Kryon for 25 years worldwide and is the author of the Kryon Series of 16 books in 24 languages. Well known in metaphysics, Kryon books have made the top seller’s list within months of their release. Having presented seven times at the United Nations in New York, as well as in 33 different countries overseas, Lee attracts audiences in the thousands.

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.

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.

Thomas Drake

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. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.