The New Matrix

 

If there is a an obtainable goal with regard to the people investigating
this unfolding controversy, it must be the achievement of gaining true
insight into what is happening to us and why. This has yet to occur.

But my intuition is telling me this is about to change. By making solidly
researched connections to other advanced military projects, a picture of
the true nature of the Chemtrail Operation is beginning to emerge.

This isn't about merely controlling the weather or altering human
biology. It's about controlling.. everything.

What we see. What we hear. What we breathe. What we believe.
Where we go. What we dream. How we think. Who we are. What we
become.

When you consider the capabilities and ambitions of this new breed of
advanced technology, you begin to understand how limitless the
possibilities will eventually be.

This is my conclusion; we are witnessing the birth of a new control
mechanism. An enormous matrix capable of controlling the actions and
perceptions of all who rely on it for oxygen.

As bold and far-reaching a statement that may appear to be, it doesn't
even begin to scratch the surface.

Or as a scientist currently engaged in this endeavor recently stated
"Smart dust is like the brain. And we're building the body"...


By Peter Kupfer
SF Chronicle Staff Writer
Source: University of California
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
11-20-00

If Kristofer Pister has his way, we will never think about dust in quite the
same way again. Pister is leading a team of researchers at the
University of California at Berkeley that is developing tiny, electronic
devices called "smart dust," designed to capture mountains of
information about their surroundings while literally floating on air.

If the project is successful, clouds of smart dust could one day be used
in an astonishing array of applications, from following enemy troop
movements and hunting Scud missiles to detecting toxic chemicals in
the environment and monitoring weather patterns around the globe.

The idea behind smart dust is to pack sophisticated sensors, tiny
computers and wireless communicators onto minuscule "motes" of
silicon light enough to remain suspended in air for hours at a time. As
the motes drift on the wind, they can monitor the environment for light,
sound, temperature, chemical composition and a wide range of other
information, and beam that data back to a base station miles away.

Pister, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer
science at UC Berkeley, said he came up with the idea for smart dust
eight years ago at a conference on future technology. "I realized that
sensors, computers and communications were going to shrink down to
ridiculously small sizes," he said. "So why not package them into a
single, tiny device?"

Pister submitted a proposal to the federal Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency, a branch of the Defense Department, which agreed to
provide about $1.2 million over three years to fund the project. Each
mote of smart dust is composed of a number of microelectromechanical
systems, or MEMS, wired together to form a simple computer.

MEMS are made using the same photolithographic techniques used to
make computer chips. Once perfected, they are relatively easy and
inexpensive to mass-produce. But unlike computer chips, which are
solid, MEMS contain moving parts. Patterns are etched with light into a
silicon wafer to create structures such as optical mirrors or tiny
engines.

Each mote contains a solar cell to generate power, sensors that can be
programmed to look for specific information, a tiny computer that can
store the information and sort out which data is worth reporting, and a
communicator that enables the mote to be "interrogated" by the base
unit. Later versions may also contain a lilliputian lithium battery so the
motes can operate at night.

While much of the technology used to develop smart dust already
exists, the UC researchers are breaking new ground by integrating
these systems into remarkably small, self-powered packages.

Pushing the Limits

"We are pushing the limits of miniaturization, integration and power
management," said Brett Warneke, a graduate student in electrical
engineering working on the project.

In one experiment to demonstrate the viability of the concept,
researchers deployed a golf ball-sized device on Twin Peaks in San
Francisco that measured weather conditions in the area - temperature,
light, barometric pressure and humidity - and beamed that information
back to a base station in Berkeley, more than 13 miles away.

So far, the smallest device the UC researchers have developed is 62
cubic millimeters - about the size of a pea - but Pister expects to shrink
the devices to a nearly microscopic cubic millimeter by next summer.
At that scale, they would be truly like dust: small enough to remain
suspended in air, buoyed by the currents, sensing and communicating
for hours.

One of the biggest hurdles the UC researchers face is building a
mechanism that can survive on extremely low power but is still capable
of sensing, sorting and sending vast amounts of information. For that
reason, they have designed a computer operating system called Tiny
OS that can function on a mere 512 bytes of RAM - about the amount of
processing power found in a toaster.

The UC researchers are also experimenting with an ingenious optical
communicator called a corner-cube reflector, which enables the motes
to communicate while expending virtually no energy.

Pioneered at the University of California at Los Angeles, the reflector is
essentially a tiny, hinged mirror that can flash millions of Morse
code-like signals per second. When a smart mote is illuminated by a
laser fired from the base station, the station can "read" the code
reflected in the twitching mirror. The mirror itself is powered by
electrostatic energy, the force that makes your socks cling together
when they come out of the dryer.

Smart dust devices are now capable of communicating only with a
single base station, but will eventually be able to share information with
each other. Such a system of "massively distributed intelligence" will
vastly increase their ability to organize and communicate information.

"They will be able to do things collectively that they can't do individually,
just like an ant colony," Warneke said. "An individual ant isn't very
smart, but collectively, they are very smart."

Researchers are exploring a number of methods for deploying smart
dust. One involves the use of tiny, unmanned aircraft that would spray
motes over an area like a miniature crop duster and relay the resulting
information back to a base station. MLB Co., a Palo Alto firm that
develops experimental aircraft, has already built such a plane - an
8-inch radio-controlled aircraft equipped with a video camera that can
stay aloft for 18 minutes at a speed of 60 mph.

MLB's "micro air vehicle" could be useful in a battlefield situation where
low clouds impeded satellite surveillance. The tiny, unmanned plane
could soar undetected above the battlefield, disperse a swarm of smart
dust and begin relaying a stream of data about the movement of enemy
troops and equipment.

The UC researchers are also exploring ways to prolong the time smart
dust remains airborne by adding "wings" like those on maple seeds. A
cubic- millimeter-sized mote dropped at 30,000 feet would normally take
five hours to reach the ground. By attaching wings, the researchers
hope to extend that period two- or three-fold.

Other researchers are attaching tiny legs to the motes to create
so-called microbots or smart insects. Instead of wafting aimlessly
through the air like dust, microbots could be programmed to perform
specific tasks, such as crawling through a collapsed building to search
for warm bodies.

"Smart dust is like the brain, and we're building the body," said Richard
Yeh, a graduate student researcher specializing in microrobotics who is
working on the smart dust project.

Yeh and his colleagues have already developed the basic components
of a smart insect - tiny, jointed members, which function as legs, and
minuscule motors, the equivalent of muscles. All that remains is to
connect the components to a mote of smart dust, a step Yeh expects
to accomplish within weeks.

Although the smart dust research is supported by the Defense
Department, its proponents see many nonmilitary applications for it,
many for motes that would stay in one place.

Crunchless Cap'n Crunch

They could be used to detect fires and earthquakes, tailor the climate in
office buildings to suit the preferences of individual workers, and monitor
product quality from factory to consumer (a mote of smart dust could
tell, for example, if a box of Cap'n Crunch had been exposed to high
humidity, and lost its crunch, or if a crate filled with delicate electronic
components had been dropped).

Like many other new technologies, smart dust clearly has the potential
to be used for nefarious purposes. Foreign governments (or our own),
terrorist organizations, criminals and industrial spies could use
high-tech motes to spy.

"This is a technology of total surveillance," said Richard Sclove, founder
of the Loka Institute, a nonprofit organization in Amherst, Mass., that
studies the social implications of technology.

"I have no doubt that there will be plenty of benign and wonderful
applications of this technology, but it's easier to imagine the lousy
ones. The CIA and the National Security Administration would love to
get their hands on this, and there's no way to control what they do with
it."

While Pister acknowledges the possibility that smart dust could be
misused, he says the potential benefits of the technology "far, far
outweigh" any risks.

"You can find harmful effects in everything," added Yeh. "But the threat
is small. If a rogue state wanted to use them to spy on us, they could
do it, but not much more. They probably couldn't carry enough poison or
gas to do much damage."

The specter of millions, or even billions, of electronic motes drifting
around the globe has also raised concerns about the potential ill effects
on the environment and health.

But Pister dismissed such concerns. "Even in my wildest imagination, I
don't think we'll ever produce enough smart dust to bother anyone," he
said. "Most of these materials are not environmentally harmful.
Essentially they are made out of sand, and that's not toxic."

Potentially, the most dangerous element of a smart dust mote would be
the lithium battery, Pister says, but its minuscule size would pose little
risk.

"A small town throws away more batteries per year than we can
distribute across the entire universe," he said. "It's really a question of
trade-offs. If you can sprinkle a few ounces of battery over a rain forest
and thereby get a better understanding of the ecology, that's a trade-off
worth making."

And what if someone accidentally inhaled a mote of smart dust? "If by ill
chance you did inhale one, it would be like inhaling a gnat. You'd cough
it up post-haste. Unpleasant, but not very likely."

GATHERING DATA ON THE FLY

Researchers at the University of California are developing tiny, electronic
devices called "smart dust" designed to capture information about their
environment while literally floating on air. Each dust "mote" packs
sensors, computers and wireless communicators onto a tiny silicon
chip light enough to remain airborne for hours at a time. As the motes
drift, they can monitor their surroundings and beam data back to a base
station.

Researchers are exploring a number of methods for deploying "smart
dust." One technique involves the use of tiny, unmanned aircraft that
would spray motes over an area like a miniature crop duster and then
relay the resulting information back to a base station..EARLY
PROTOTYPE

Smart dust ``macro-mote'' made with readily available components

To test their concept, researchers planted golf ball-sized smart dust
devices at Twin Peaks and on Coit Tower. Using a modified laser
pointer, the device beamed weather information back to Berkeley.

Potential Uses

Military uses include tracking enemy troop movements from above and
detecting chemical warfare agents in the air. -- Monitoring weather
conditions around the globe and detecting fires and earthquakes are
among the nonmilitary uses. -- Stationary motes could be used to
monitor the quality of products from factory to consumer..

Edited by: Chem11 at: 11/20/00 11:39:30 pm

 

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