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Technology from "That's Impossible!"
'That's Impossible' is a television show on the History Channel that explains how the line between science fact and science fiction is nearly if not completely erased. I will tell of two episodes I have recently seen.

The first episode was about 'death rays and energy weapons.' Lasers were almost immediately mentioned. The most important thing I remember was that in the early 2000's, a laser called THEL (tactical high energy laser) was the first to destroy an airborne target. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/THEL It said that THEL was scheduled to be fitted on warships and tanks by 2025. Our time is 2035. Don't you think we might have them now?

Unfortunately, it seems the project was discontinued- which is not at all surprising to me considering how almost every awesome U.S. military project is canceled.

The second episode was titled 'Mind Control.' First, it featured an amazing invention called BrainGate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braingate
It basically uses a microchip planted on the scalp and an advanced computer program to 'convert the intentions of the user into computer commands.' A computer cursor, a robotic arm, or a wheelchair. Even a monkey was able to use a robotic arm using the device, and according to the zoologists, even treated it like it was his own.

Another device, invented by a certain Michael Callahan, is a sensor placed on the throat that can READ THOUGHTS and translate them into words. Not the thoughts in the back of your mind, thankfully. Using this device a person was able to chat on the internet, command a wheelchair, and even make a telephone call.

Another interesting but not too technological part of the episode was a about a government project called MKULTRA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MKULTRA

The episode next told of how a patent made by the USAF reveals that they had been performing experiments using microwaves to emit thoughts or words into the mind. Accounts from individuals claiming to be victims of mind control claim to have experienced effects strikingly similar to those of the Air Force experiment.

The last bit I remember of the episode was the fact that certain frequencies of ELF (extremely low frequency) waves can cause certain moods or emotions.

I have written these things here for you all to read because I believe that in 2035, most of the technology described above should be very possible and very usable. This may open up many new things in our conversations here at RA-CAS-UEN.

Thank you, and please look out for more of my descriptions of episodes from 'That's Impossible!' on the History Channel.
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| August 14, 2009, 10:18 pm
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Most of the technology is feasible; however, what is shown on television is not always the exact result. Plus, production of such items are generally all-too expensive; which generally leads to the cancellation of the projects themselves. Moving, many of the technologies we call "modern" were already created in WWII and eras around the same time. In any case, I do feel it was about times someone created a thread similar to this one.
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| August 14, 2009, 10:30 pm
Quoting Dr. Spontaneous
Most of the technology is feasible; however, what is shown on television is not always the exact result. Plus, production of such items are generally all-too expensive; which generally leads to the cancellation of the projects themselves. Moving, many of the technologies we call "modern" were already created in WWII and eras around the same time. In any case, I do feel it was about time someone created a thread similar to this one.

Thank you, doctor (I love saying that, I don't know why). Indeed, what is shown on television is not always the complete or direct truth, however I believe That's Impossible showed mostly everything necessary to prove that the technologies it featured work. I could be wrong, but I feel very convinced.

The History Channel does that quite well- it got me hooked on watching it's 'UFO Hunters' and 'MonsterQuest,' both of which I deem excellent. Shows like that are why my evil genius friend calls it 'the conspiracy channel.' Lol.

Anyway, yes, I indubitably concur 'modern' technology is in fact a tad old. 'Tis why I believe by A.D. 2035 things should be much, much more different than they are in today's time and in RA-CAS-UEN.

I love old language words, lol.
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| August 14, 2009, 10:54 pm
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The main problems aren't whether or not things are scientifically feasable, it's whether they're practical.

The THEL, like I mentioned in the Technology guidelines thread, is extremely effective as a SAM site, but it's far too heavy to be placed on a small vehicle. A large APC perhaps, or maybe on a monster Tank, but it won't be on any lightweight vehicles for some time.

It's kinda like radar. The first radar sets were entire buildings. Now they have them down to handheld size. Right now, lasers are the size of a 747. Someday, they'll be much, much smaller. By 2035, they'll probably be small enough to put on a large APC.

TV likes to play with your mind. The 'mind reader' you mentioned really doesn't read your mind. It senses muscle movements around your vocal cords and throat and translates that into words...the words you would be saying if you could talk. So...what would we use that for? Well it might come in handy for Special Forces. Rather than have to report position on a radio and give away your position in the dead of night, just silently form the words, and 'ping', the General's 'you have mail' balloon pops up.

As for 'brainwashing', there are some things they have done that have effects on the human mind. Brainwashing? No. But they do have odd effects.

But for the practical: how would the military use them? Mind-controlled machines would be nice, but with this tech, you'd have machine-controlled minds! Not so attractive. If you're trying to brainwash the other guy's troops, you'd have to remember that by the time his troops actually get in sight, you'll have been subject to bombing for the past few months. Battle is becoming increasingly the airplane's game. Bomb their defences, demoralize their army, then send in the troops.

Posting a thread was a good idea. That way we can all get a feel for what the others agree is feasable and not. Just because it's new doesn't necessarily mean it's better, but as long as you keep that in mind, go ahead with your tech research.
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| August 17, 2009, 10:37 pm
Quoting Michael Ford
The main problems aren't whether or not things are scientifically feasable, it's whether they're practical.

The THEL, like I mentioned in the Technology guidelines thread, is extremely effective as a SAM site, but it's far too heavy to be placed on a small vehicle. A large APC perhaps, or maybe on a monster Tank, but it won't be on any lightweight vehicles for some time.

It's kinda like radar. The first radar sets were entire buildings. Now they have them down to handheld size. Right now, lasers are the size of a 747. Someday, they'll be much, much smaller. By 2035, they'll probably be small enough to put on a large APC.

TV likes to play with your mind. The 'mind reader' you mentioned really doesn't read your mind. It senses muscle movements around your vocal cords and throat and translates that into words...the words you would be saying if you could talk. So...what would we use that for? Well it might come in handy for Special Forces. Rather than have to report position on a radio and give away your position in the dead of night, just silently form the words, and 'ping', the General's 'you have mail' balloon pops up.

As for 'brainwashing', there are some things they have done that have effects on the human mind. Brainwashing? No. But they do have odd effects.

But for the practical: how would the military use them? Mind-controlled machines would be nice, but with this tech, you'd have machine-controlled minds! Not so attractive. If you're trying to brainwash the other guy's troops, you'd have to remember that by the time his troops actually get in sight, you'll have been subject to bombing for the past few months. Battle is becoming increasingly the airplane's game. Bomb their defences, demoralize their army, then send in the troops.

Posting a thread was a good idea. That way we can all get a feel for what the others agree is feasable and not. Just because it's new doesn't necessarily mean it's better, but as long as you keep that in mind, go ahead with your tech research.

Thank you, Mr. President. I appreciate your input.
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| August 19, 2009, 7:39 pm
Quoting Michael Ford
The main problems aren't whether or not things are scientifically feasable, it's whether they're practical.

The THEL, like I mentioned in the Technology guidelines thread, is extremely effective as a SAM site, but it's far too heavy to be placed on a small vehicle. A large APC perhaps, or maybe on a monster Tank, but it won't be on any lightweight vehicles for some time.

It's kinda like radar. The first radar sets were entire buildings. Now they have them down to handheld size. Right now, lasers are the size of a 747. Someday, they'll be much, much smaller. By 2035, they'll probably be small enough to put on a large APC.

TV likes to play with your mind. The 'mind reader' you mentioned really doesn't read your mind. It senses muscle movements around your vocal cords and throat and translates that into words...the words you would be saying if you could talk. So...what would we use that for? Well it might come in handy for Special Forces. Rather than have to report position on a radio and give away your position in the dead of night, just silently form the words, and 'ping', the General's 'you have mail' balloon pops up.

As for 'brainwashing', there are some things they have done that have effects on the human mind. Brainwashing? No. But they do have odd effects.

But for the practical: how would the military use them? Mind-controlled machines would be nice, but with this tech, you'd have machine-controlled minds! Not so attractive. If you're trying to brainwash the other guy's troops, you'd have to remember that by the time his troops actually get in sight, you'll have been subject to bombing for the past few months. Battle is becoming increasingly the airplane's game. Bomb their defences, demoralize their army, then send in the troops.

Posting a thread was a good idea. That way we can all get a feel for what the others agree is feasable and not. Just because it's new doesn't necessarily mean it's better, but as long as you keep that in mind, go ahead with your tech research.

Yeah, during an MTHEL testing back in 2001 or so it could only shoot down a few small mortar rounds.
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