By Andrew B Raupp
If you’ve been up late scouring the latest offerings on Netflix lately, you may have come across Unacknowledged, a fascinating new documentary that details available evidence on the existence of alien life forms as compiled by Dr. Steven Greer and his The Disclosure Project. While the film may not stand up to any true Scully-level skeptics, the provocative ideas posed about alien technology offer some excellent food for thought as we consider what our modern world would look like with the sudden reveal of previously “hidden” technologies.
Greer and his colleagues posit that there’s ample evidence of the existence of UFO research programs, and countless government officials have corroborated actual sightings, as well as the presence of dark money budgets that have fueled this research to the tune of millions, if not billions, of US taxpayer dollars. Our curiosity about alien life and extraterrestrial technology is indisputable, and it seems clear now that there is also evidence that governments have been working in the shadows to better understand what might be out there beyond our own humble planet. But while some of Greer’s claims may veer into conspiracy territory for some, there’s also a fascinating idea at the heart of the film: what if knowledge about aliens is being suppressed because their technology would drastically alter our current culture and economic systems?
The Power of “Free Energy”
Dr. Steven Greer brilliantly connects the dots by luring viewers in with credible UFO evidence and dizzying information that involves the likes of JFK and Marilyn Monroe, ultimately segueing into a radical shift that gets the audience to consider what would occur if humans had access to the kind of “free energy” that he believes powers alien spacecraft.
The idea of the disruptive potential of free energy, which could power our world without the use of finite fossil fuels and costly electrical infrastructure makes up the bulk of the third act of the film, “The Lost Century.” And while Greer acknowledges how completely world changing it would be to have access to truly “free” energy, he also notes that it’s not actually a new idea, and gives a major nod to the innovative engineer Nikola Tesla and his potentially world changing work in the 19th century.
While “Tesla” is now synonymous with innovative CEO Elon Musk and his electric car company (as well as his recent successful launch of a bright red roadster into space), science buffs know that Nikola Tesla was a brilliant and eccentric engineer whose experiments created a powerful form of energy that threatened the very existence of burgeoning electric monopolies. In fact, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students across the world continue to play with Tesla’s ideas—a search for “tesla coil” on video sharing platform YouTube reveals almost half a million results, many of the videos created by amateur and student engineers.
So, how does the science behind free energy work? The details in the film are a bit fuzzy, but Greer and other experts refer to “zero point energy,” which Mark McCandlish, military aeronautic illustrator, describes the power of such energy as: “the amount of energy in a cubic meter of space-time is 1026 power. That’s ten with 26 zeros behind it. That’s enough energy in a coffee cup to boil all the oceans of Earth completely away into steam.”
If humans were able to access such a power source, Greer argues that we would be able to eliminate many of the problems that plague our modern world. While Greer makes clear that he’s a true believer that this energy is already available and being actively hidden by governments as a way of continuing to allow traditional energy companies and defense contractors to profit, he’s also begun work to try to create and harness this energy without waiting for the curtain to be pushed back. His latest project, Sirius Disclosure, focuses on energy technologies, and new ways of perhaps recreating the powerful energy that a few select Americans have already seen in action from top secret, alien spacecraft.
Meanwhile, Back on Earth
The desire to access technology from alien life forms is certainly compelling, especially given that the work and time required to take on large scale, high tech projects here on our own humble planet can be staggering at best. As recently reported by Popular Mechanics, Japanese glass makers and scientists based in the ultra dry desert conditions of the American West are hard at work on the large scale, collaborative project of creating the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), a significant feat that could influence our ability to observe and contact other life forms. As PM notes, “the giant telescope will have 10 times the resolving power of the Hubble Space Telescope, revealing distant galaxies, the birth of stars, and the compositions of exoplanet atmosphere…When it all comes together in the 2020s, the GMT will be able to resolve an object the size of a dime at 60 miles away.”
An exciting project to be sure, but one that we earthlings will have to wait years to achieve. While one solution may be the deus ex machina of technology from outer space, another solution is the one that we’ve already known about for quite some time. Develop stronger, high quality, and accessible STEM programs in classrooms around the world, and increase our own planet’s capacity for the kind of technological innovation that can fundamentally change our society. From reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, to uniting together in unprecedented peace, the problems of our modern time could well be solved by unknown life from a far, or, with commitment and focus, we can work to unlock our own technological potential, right here, right now.
Andrew B Raupp (@stemceo) is the founder of STEM.org, the longest continually operating, privately held science, technology, engineering & mathematics education (STEM) advocacy group in America, serving 142,500+ students and educators in over 25 countries.