2001 Space Odyssey: Aftershocks

Gravitational waves are the almost aftershocks from an interstellar collision of black holes. I use the Aftershock analogy because they are remnant ripples from this collision. Einstein first predicted this over a hundred years ago, and with today’s technology we can get a better idea of how to measure these waves. LIGO equipment we use today allow us to detect various gravitational waves in space, and with this desired the demand of enhanced communication technologies. Today we reap the benefits from having highly advanced communication technologies, and enhanced detection technologies that keep us connected and safe. But there’s another side to that very same coin. LIGO and Landsat technologies also have the capacity to surveillance unintended targets, like people of interest, and even other countries.t This surveillance isn’t necessarily bad per say, but it infringes on some mutual contracts or rights such as privacy, and trust. This is especially sensitive to the constant resource war we find ourselves in from time to time. In Megan Black’s article, she refers to how Third World countries were torn on this technology. As for one, it can provide us valuable information on various resources, or two, it provides detrimental information that can rival a countries sovereignty. Its interesting how eyes in the sky can change the course of any action. Right now its a matter of country, and or state sovereignty, but tomorrow it can become a matter of personal sovereignty. I think the results of this technology should be used what it was primarily intended for, rather than being used to surveillance other countries, scouting useful information on resources, military conflicts, and any other use for corporate self interests. But ultimately two sides of the same coin.

Trade in the sword and shield for bread, and be defenseless. Or keep the sword and shield, to take someone else’s bread. Only to have them pick up a sword themselves.

One thought on “2001 Space Odyssey: Aftershocks

  1. I agree with you that the surveillance issues posed by LIGO and Landsat are worrisome. The more technological advances science and the military achieve, the more country and individual sovereignty and rights are put at risk it seems. Scientific advancements and military involvement always raise ethical questions. Perhaps if we did a better job of separating the two, then the scientific discovery of gravitational waves would be just that, a scientific discovery. Gravitational waves are a tremendous discovery, and, rather than figuring out how to use them in a military way, we could instead keep it strictly scientific and use this discovery to greater understand the world that exists outside of our small corner of the universe.


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