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  1. Gene Steinberg

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    THE PARACAST NEWSLETTER
    November 26, 2017
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    New Approaches to UFO Research Discussed on The Paracast

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    This Week's Episode: Gene and guest cohost J. Randall Murphy present Susan Demeter-St. Clair, one of the contributors to Robbie Graham’s pacesetting book, “UFOs: Reframing the Debate.” Susan is a professional research assistant, author, editor, and PSI experimenter. Her research interests include individual and institutional responses to anomalies and exceptional human experiences, and how they interact and enact change within individuals, groups and large institutions, such as the military. Her life took on the framework of UFO experience after an encounter in 1990, and she considers anomaly studies to be her true life’s work. This discussion runs the gamut of UFO-related phenomena including the extraterrestrial theory, abductions, disclosure, and whether we’ve made any progress in finding solid answers to the mystery.

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    About Reverse Engineering and Alien Technology
    By Gene Steinberg

    One of the shibboleths of the UFO field is that a genuine flying saucer, a craft from outer space, landed in the New Mexico desert in 1947, near Roswell. The wreckage was quickly transported by the authorities to parts unknown, although there has been plenty of speculation as to where. But its location isn’t relevant to this discussion.

    Over the next seven decades, scientists allegedly examined the evidence of advanced alien technology, and may have, along the way, come up with a few bits and pieces to advance our own capabilities. Coming at a time after World War II, and the start of the Cold War, the military would have been especially interested in finding ways to develop advanced weaponry.

    Now even if any of this were true, would it even be possible for humans to understand any of that technology?

    I mean, if ET came here from a planet that is hundreds or thousands of years ahead of us, how much of their technology would we understand? We often look at the future in terms of Star Trek. In the 23rd century, intelligent beings from around the galaxy have perfected a faster-than-light scheme to get from here to there, warp drive. In order to communicate rapidly across vast distances, they use something called “subspace radio,” which allows for instantaneous voice, video and data transmissions.

    But our perception of what might come 200 years from now is limited by our understanding of the present. So Star Trek’s crews of brave explorers use portable telephone-type devices known as communicators, which appear to work in a fashion similar to cellular phones but don’t require local networks for two-way transmissions. A portable computer with a battery of sensors is known as the tricorder. But it appears to closely resemble the capabilities of a smartphone or perhaps an Apple Watch, a device far smaller than a tricorder.

    Food replicators may actually descend from our own 3D printers. Feed it raw ingredients, and your piping hot dinner of steak and mashed potatoes will emerge on a platter in the span of a few seconds.

    In short, the world of Star Trek isn’t so far advanced at all in some respects. Our own scientists have been exploring the possibilities of warp drive, although subspace radio doesn’t seem to be on the radar right now.

    But what about that presumed captured flying saucer.? Its presence might recall the phrase, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” and that may well be true about what aliens who are capable of interstellar travel may have accomplished.

    So even if we did indeed capture a physical aircraft that came here from another star system, would our best scientists be remotely capable of understanding it? As much as it appears to represent a flying ship, what obstacles would we confront in trying to figure out how even the simple things work.

    In the controversial book, “The Day After Roswell,” from Col. Philip Corso and William Birnes, it was suggested that some reverse engineered alien technology was delivered to private industry. Corso claimed to have served as the bagman who retrieved the data from a file cabinet and went on to hand it to the captains of industry.

    The book mentioned such achievements as night vision goggles and computer chips, but is it at all possible either invention really emerged from our primitive understanding of alien technology?

    Officially, night vision gear was developed in the mid-1930s in Germany, and was implemented in both tanks and infantry. The U.S. military reportedly used similar devices during World War II and the Korean War.

    If this version of history, readily available online, is true, then night vision equipment was in use years before Roswell, so how could it have alien origins?

    What about computer chips, based on the transistor?

    Officially, transistors emerged from Bell Labs in New Jersey, and were invented by William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain. The first demonstration occurred on December 23, 1947, more than six months after the Roswell crash.

    So is it at all possible that, in that short span of time, scientists figured out enough about the Roswell craft’s technology to create the first transistor? Or did that knowledge help jumpstart existing research?

    With the transistor, there is a very detailed history about how it was developed, that it descends from the invention of the field-effect transistor, which was patented by one Julius Edgar Lilienfeld in 1926.

    Obviously all I’m doing is quoting a few bits of information from a fast Google search. But none of it in any way conveys even the remote possibility that these and other inventions might not have been ours to begin with, that they were copied, adapted or reverse engineered from an alien spaceship.

    I suppose one might argue that these histories were deliberately altered after the fact, with disinformation carefully inserted into research materials by military intelligence to buttress this illusion. Or maybe we remember it wrong, although I clearly recall buying a portable transistor radio when I was old enough to actually go out on my own to purchase things.

    Long and short of it is that I don’t believe that Corso ever had access to reverse engineered alien technology.

    Consider this: What if someone took one of today’s most advanced portable computing gadgets, an iPhone X, climbed aboard the imaginary “waverider” ship of the TV time-traveling show, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” and hand delivered it to a scientist in 1917?

    Just to help out, the iPhone would be fully charged, so they could turn it on and keep it running, at least until the battery was spent.

    Would the most knowledgable scientists of a hundred years ago be able to make head or tales of it? Sure, it would be possible to launch and run apps that didn’t depend on an Internet connection. Even a small child can figure out the touchscreen, but even if they could make it work for a time, how far could they go to understand this significant example of today’s consumer electronics? Remember, we had vacuum tubes then, not transistors, printed circuits, or integrated circuits. Even after they managed to take everything apart, and that would certainly be possible, could they make heads or tails of it?

    Even better, take that iPhone X back to a group of scientists in 1817 and check out their reactions.

    So would it really be possible for our scientists to figure out the fundamentals of alien technology? Would they be able to take apart such a magical contraption and discover enough about it to deliver something usable that’ll spur our own research?

    Or would it just lay there for years on end, still way beyond our understanding?

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    Nice newsletter Gene,
    Still on the fence with Col Corso not the ET or NAZI technology rather the system of a closed shop in the Pentagon. Smoke and mirrors : Col Corso served in Italy and close relationship with the O.S.S and other agencies. Decorated US Veteran of WW2 and why would he throw that under a bus of ridicule?
     
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    I've long been curious about this book, even ignoring the changes in the published version.
     
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    I’ll share this on my site


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    Its a valid question, but ..... Can the chinese today reverse engineer that phone ? Of course they can.

    The technological parity gap in your example is valid, But is that gap the same today ?
    As our own technology advances, any parity gap between ET's Tech and ours shrinks.

    Its a sliding scale.Ttake one crashed saucer:

    The further back in the human time line you go the less likely the humans of that time could figure it out, the further forward you go the more likely it becomes that they could.
    They had optical microscopes, we have electron microscopes.
    They had gas lights, we have spectroscopic lasers.

    Indeed the Gestalt of the following is food for thought.


    China never really stopped being a copycat, and that’s why its tech companies aren’t changing the world

    Copying and reverse engineering accelerated new product launches, but eroded China’s competitiveness. Stealing intellectual property has enormously benefited Chinese companies. But, it has crippled their ability to develop the next version or innovate.



    Its another one of those left field reasons why ET's might not want to directly contact us. It might cripple our ability to innovate.

    By all means give the children a canvas and paint and brushes, tease and inspire their imagination. But also give them room to take those elements and create something new and novel.
     
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