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Would You Create Mischief?
Shamans Were Cloaking Long Before H. G. Well wrote the Invisible Man
If you could become invisible would you create mischief? Or would you revel in the experience?
The shamans and female shamans cloaked themselves and objects. Long before H.G. Wells wrote The Invisible Man. And eons before the USS Enterprise detected cloaked Klingon spaceships within its sphere.
At present, the focus of cloaking research is mainly for military purposes. Eventually, consumer products will morph from the cloaking technology.
Just like the Artificial Intelligence computer software, digital cameras, aerogels, and LED bulbs emerged from the NASA Space Program.
Several months ago, Dr. Elena Semouchkina, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Technology University, along with Xiaohui Wang, a graduate student, successfully demonstrated the shrouding of cylinder objects from microwave length electromagnetic waves. With the utilization of ceramic artificial matter (metamaterial) in an experiment.
Also, Dr. Ali Aliev, a research scientist at the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute. And an adjunct professor at the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics of the University of Texas at Dallas. Led a research study team that explored the idea of using mirages. To produce an invisible cloaking device via sheets of carbon nanotubes.
The Consumer Marketplace
In the future, consumers will have access to technically produced and medically induced invisibility. So if you don't feel like dressing up, or if you’re a shy person, or experiencing a dreadful hair day, you'll have a quick solution at your fingertips.
You can pop a pill, drink a liquid, activate an embedded chip, apply a special lotion or gel to your body, and voila - you're rendered invisible.
The dynamic will stimulate the creation of new industries, impact public policy, law enforcement practices, personal relationships, and possibly geographical landscapes.
Cloaking Apparel, Accessories, and Jewelry
The fashion and jewelry industry will reap a bonanza designing tailored, urban, and haute couture coats, hoodies, pants, shoes, and jewelry with built-in cloaking devices.
Of course, the presentation of the products to buyers will entail a new form of fashion staging.
Moreover, online and on-site retailers will have to determine what types of cloaking products to sell. Along with deciding whether to target the high-end, the midrange, or discount market niche.
Additionally, the brick and mortar store owners will have to sort through a myriad of devices. Designed to monitor and track customers. After the activation of the merchandise occurs.
The cost of an invisible cloak will be too expensive for the average consumer in the beginning. But over time the price will decline. Perhaps the pills, liquids, chips, lotions, or gels will have more appeal. To budget conscious consumers seeking invisibility.
New Security Industry Innovations
The development of special eyewear and goggles allowing law enforcement and civilians to view invisible people will emerge. Along with innovative commercial and residential security systems. With built-in sensory detectors that monitor body heat and heart impulses.
Undoubtedly, the development of resourceful apparatuses that include sophisticated Global Positioning Systems to assist law enforcement in curtailing invisible criminal activities will break through.
Along with government regulations and enactment of new laws to cover the phenomenon of invisibility.
Personal Preferences for Invisibility May Create Problems
What if you have a preference for invisibility and your mate doesn’t? Or your friends prefer invisibility and you don't? Conflicting preferences regarding invisibility can severely impact relationships.
An even larger question looms as to how families will manage the crisis. When some members prefer invisibility while others don't.
Will the Widespread Access to Invisibility Become A Pandora's Box?
As cloaking technology becomes more sophisticated and expansive, the potential for unscrupulous use of it is likely.
Look no further than the proliferation of malware and the hacking of websites on the Internet. Certainly, the developers of the World Wide Web did not envision such activities taking place.
In the future, you could possibly be rendered invisible against your will. And held in that state until a ransom is paid. On a larger scale corporations, military bases, cities, states, and for that matter, even nations may face the same dilemma as well.
Only time will tell if the widespread access to invisibility will create chaos. The public will have to be wary of freebies and gifts from strangers. Just like it is vigilant about deleting emails from unknown parties.
ARE YOU WILLING TO BECOME INVISIBLE FOR 24 HOURS?
© 2013 Irma Cowthern