This article should be viewed as a thought experiment and taken with an enormous grain of salt. The following is subjective and philosophical, at best.
As you may or may not be aware, 2015 was designated as the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies by the United Nations. 2015 is also the International Year of Soils. As disparate as these two topics might appear, their relationship is interesting inasmuch as it relates to food production. There seems to be a whole lot more emphasis on the Year of Light, however. Much has been said of late regarding light, light-bearers, and Armageddon.
What exactly does the term ‘light’ imply? It can be said that in the universe, there is matter and there is radiation. Under this broad definition, light can be seen as all types of radiation. Visible light is only a small sliver of the electro-magnetic radiation spectrum. Alpha, beta, gamma, microwave, x-ray, infrared, ultraviolet are all manifestations of waves at different frequencies. Many technologies depend on this notion; cell-phones, smart meters, lasers, radar, telescopes, microscopes, and many others rely on these basic principles which govern their use.
As the topic is a very broad one, the focus here will be on those technologies which cater to the needs of the greatest number of us, either directly or indirectly; and also those which affect the planet in the most meaningful ways. Some of the most important aspects of life on earth are (arguably) economics, health, environment, and governance.
In 2015, a new addition was made to what ZeroHedge calls the most important tower in the world. It is the primary microwave relay tower for the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange.)
This use of lasers will cut the latency of HFT (high-frequency trading) algorithms by nanoseconds, more than enough to warrant the expenditure and is certain to make some traders a lot of money. A faster market means a more efficient market and is sure to benefit everybody. Well, maybe not everybody.
Some things which are associated with photonics are: solar panels; photosynthesis; lasers (surgery); lasers (cds, dvds); bar code readers; fiber-optics/internet; astronomy/physics; photography; cloaking; holography; optical illusions.
At the IYL 2015 kick-off in Amsterdam, Robbert Dijkgraaf (Director – Institute of Advanced Study – Princeton) spoke about “…the one thing you should know about light.”
Quoting John Wheeler, he said, “We human beings are like the eye of the universe.” He then showed an ‘eye-in-the-sky illustration’ which was reminiscent of a worm-hole in folded space.
What could be more innocuous and ubiquitous than light. How easily this passed under the radar.
On the International Society for Optics and Photonics blog page, 30+ poster designs were considered and two were chosen to represent the society’s views on the subject, these two:
Superimposed, they look like this:
What are the odds? Given the current conditions all over the western world, pretty good, I would think. And to add fuel to the occulted fire, as per Wikipedia, 2015 is the 15th year of the 3rd millennium, the 15th year of the 21st century, and the 6th year of the 2010s decade. (Numerologists would have a field day with the previous information.) The future king (and automatic head of the Masons) will celebrate his 33rd
degree birthday on the summer solstice this year (also father’s day.) What does this mean? Does it mean anything? Does it mean anything to us? Does it mean anything to them?
The UN’s own publishing company (which used to be known as Lucifer Publishing) is called Lucis Publishing. Search ‘electric bridge’ to find out more.
Three-hundred fifty years ago, Isaac Newton held a prism to his window; one hundred years ago, Einstein discovered context (apparently;) this year, Stereo A and B will meet. There are technologies which are being developed which will change the world. For the better or not is yet to be determined.
Light can mean many things. Light can control many things. The blind may well have an advantage here, but they are not as likely to reproduce. Photonics means RFID, smart meters, cell phones… photonics means radiation. Radiation means sterilization, doesn’t it? A gross over-simplification, I admit, but worth considering. Low-frequency radiation has been shown to have many adverse health effects; so with advances in photonics, comes a solution to over-population? Perhaps, but is it reversible, or will it be? Is this question moot?
On the official poster of the IYL2015, the only characters visible (in their graphics and both in the lowest image) are ’15’ for the year, and ‘lambda/2’ for the lens. Lambda 2 (HD 16417) also happens to be a star in the Fornacis constellation which has an exoplanet with a very good chance to foster life. It has an average temperature of 21.7 degrees celsius and has a spectral class the same as our sun. A destination in thought, or in reality? Again, what are the odds?
Meanwhile, images like this keep popping up, sharing no commonality with anything known to this date:
What sort of photonics technology does this represent? Will we ever be told? Would we ever wish to know? If we did know, what would that change?
In the Netherlands, a lucifer is known as a match. Should this one fact have global repercussions? What part does religion (or a lack thereof) play?
The featured image is of Hallgrimskirkja church in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. It is ironic that Iceland is the only nation to have jailed bankers after the credit collapse which left the world reeling. Of all people, they have seen firsthand the effects of global control, and they still revere the ‘Eye of Odin.’
Several years later and Iceland is back to where it was before the debacle. Plus ça change, plus ça reste pareil.