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Are You Willing to Become Invisible for 24 Hours?

Updated on April 11, 2017
A Hamatsu Shaman emerging from the woods
A Hamatsu Shaman emerging from the woods | Source

Shamans Were Cloaking Long Before the Klingons

Can you imagine the thoughts of our prehistoric ancestors as they watched tree limbs toss about in the wind? Or when they observed ripples moving across the surfaces of lakes and rivers?

Long before Eric Rice Burroughs wrote the book, Fighting Men of Mars, and aeons before the U.S.S. Enterprise detected cloaked Klingon spaceships on Star Trek, shamans and chief head hunters in African rain forests were cloaking themselves and objects. Their knowledge of how to invoke invisibility was acquired through rites of passages.

An African Shaman
An African Shaman | Source

Invisibility Has a Psychological Aspect

The ability to camouflage one's body or an object is not the only form of invisibility. Another type involves the “psychological denial” of issues and situations that are disturbing to us on a personal or societal level. Hence the phrase "out of sight, out of mind,” fits this scenario.

In the future, consumers will have access to technically produced and medically induced invisibility. This dynamic will stimulate: the creation of new industries, impact public policy, law enforcement practices, personal relationships, and possibly geographical landscapes.

Cloaking Experiments

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.

Additionally, the same research engineering team experimented with dielectric material (for the sake of brevity, matter that does not conduct an electric current), and cloaked much larger cylinders.

Along these lines, Dr. Ali Aliev, a research scientist at the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute, and adjunct professor at the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics of 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 team successfully created a working model of a cloaking device based on the Mirage-Effect Theory.

Mirage in the Desert
Mirage in the Desert | Source

The Consumer Market

Consumer based products derived from cloaking technology will eventually penetrate the marketplace. Just like the appliances and gadgets invented as the result of the NASA Space Program.

In the future, 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.


New Industries

Cloaking Apparel and Accessories

The fashion industry will reap a bonanza designing tailored, urban, and haute couture coats, hoodies, pants, shoes, and undergarments with built-in cloaking devices. The presentation of these items to buyers will entail a new form of fashion staging.

Retail/Online Merchandising

On-site and online retailers will have to determine what types of cloaking products to sell. And carve out a high-end, middle, and discount cloaking product niche. The cost of an invisible cloak will be too expensive for the average consumer in the beginning. But over time the price will decrease. Perhaps the availability of pills, liquids, computer chips, lotions, or gels will appeal more to budget conscious consumers.

Security Device Industries

Development of special eyewear or goggles that allow law enforcement and civilians to view the outlined forms of invisible persons will emerge. Along with innovative commercial and residential security systems with built-in sensory detectors that will monitor body heat and heart impulses.


Public Policy and Law Enforcement

Of course, some type of governmental regulation and enactment of new laws to cover the phenomenon of invisibility will occur.

Personal safety issues will definitely come into play. Can you picture empty cars moving about willy-nilly? Or doors opening and slamming without any hint of a human being in sight?

Undoubtedly, the development of resourceful apparatuses that include sophisticated Global Positioning Systems to assist law enforcement in curtailing invisible criminal activities will break through.


Personal Relationships

What if you have a preference for invisibility and your mate doesn’t? Such conflicting viewpoints can severely impact a relationship.

An even larger question looms as to how families will manage the crisis. When some members prefer invisibility while others do not.


A Pandora's Box?

The achievement of the ability to cloak one’s self was considered a sacred undertaking in the ancient world. It was based on a spiritual philosophy, an association with a mystery school or religious order, and submission to the guidance of a master teacher. And most importantly, the student had to prove themselves worthy before instruction occurred. In contrast, the likelihood of widespread accessibility to invisibility in today's world will open a Pandora’s Box.

As the methods of cloaking become more advanced the potential for unscrupulous uses of this technology is likely. For instance, you could be rendered invisible against your will or knowledge. Or some cities, states, and for that matter even nations may face the same fate as well.


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© 2013 Irma Cowthern


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