exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers.
I was thinking about Scientific American
's "50, 100, 150 years ago"
column, in which the magazine revisits earlier articles, some speculative, some cutting-edge, current science. Some of it seems silly or absurd in retrospect, but only time provides this lens.
In a sort of reversal, I was thinking about high-technology now, and how some things only come to light many years after the fact. The whole cloak-and-dagger CIA history, with poison darts and exploding cigars, the real James Bond stuff. The military did all sorts of unethical testing (radiation, chemical, etc) on human subjects, and of course we only found out years after the fact through FOIA requests and research.
What about satellites? We know they have a certain resolution (Terraserver, Google Maps, USGS, etc) but that resolution is at the level deemed acceptable for civilian use. What don't
we know? Same with GPS-- military GPS is more refined than what you can get on your Garmin or whatever. What other capabilities do you think that they might have that we don't know? What about Eschelon
, and Carnivore
? What else
is there? We know about Raytheon's pain-ray, because they're deploying it now-- what about the stuff "they" don't want to tell us?
Obviously the military-industrial complex is a prime source for this sort of stuff, and I understand that part of the problem of the very nature of my question is this same time-lens that we don't have yet--but we can
speculate based on what has come before. If you can come up with ideas, please try to suggest antecedents or why
you think that technology X
is being used or developed today.
I am looking for answers in any field, particularly science--psychology, biology, physics, cartography, geology, etc.
What shady business is going on that we'll find out about after the fact?