Bear with me. I don't think it's the months of forced isolation talking, but you never know. I also acknowledge that I co-host a podcast focused on mysterious happenings, including UFO sightings, although we try to remain focused and logical and balanced. All that said, there are a lot of independent stories floating around in recent years which may indicate that not only have we encountered non-terrestrial life, but that we, humans, have developed amazingly advanced technology in a very short time.
Now, to be sure, the latter does not necessarily flow from the former. It's possible that incredible advances in technology have occurred naturally, but, well let's start from the top.
A few years ago, the New York Times reported that the Defense Department had a secret office to investigate Unexplained Aerial Phenomena (UAP), also know as UFOs, called AATIP. They also posted videos from onboard several US Navy aircraft purportedly showing their encounters with UAPs exhibiting flight characteristics that are impossible based on what we know of physics today. Among the former members of AATIP who went public and subsequently produced a multi-season reality series on Amazon Prime are a former assistant secretary of defense for intelligence, among other high government officials. A former US senator has also vouched for them. Tellingly, no one in the US government has officially or definitively disavowed them or the reports or provided alternative explanations.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that a scientist working at the US Navy advanced weapons research program in Patuxent River, Md., applied for and received patents on behalf of himself and the Navy for technologies that seem impossible. Stuff like energy shields and antigravity drives and other stuff right out of the movies. Some people say this is clearly disinformation designed to make the Chinese and Russians think we're way ahead of them technologically. Perhaps. But some recent released and redacted emails suggest that demonstrations of these technologies were created to back up these patents.
Then there's the news that the US Air Force has produced a brand-new sixth generation fighter jet in only a year and that it reportedly has incredibly advanced technologies incorporated into it (including an AI co-pilot they've nicknamed Artu). Developing a brand-new jet in a year is unheard of. The last two generations of fighter jets took decades to develop from design to testing to production-ready. And they did this even as they're still acquiring the fifth-generation fighters, the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
And then, you will recall, the sudden decision in the last couple of years that we need a US Space Force independent of the current services, a whole new branch of the Armed Forces. But why do we need a whole branch to oversee spy and communications satellites? Does this not seem overkill?
I won't even get into reports that a former high-ranking Israeli government official confirms Earth contact with ETs and various other claims.
Now many skeptics say that if such contact had been made with extraterrestrials, it would be impossible to contain. Well... Yeah. There'd be front page articles in the New York Times and reports of amazing technologies and all that. Frankly, unless a spaceship comes out of the sky and hovers over Manhattan, most people will pooh-pooh the idea. Even then, I think lots of people would reject it as a CGI stunt.
But as I said earlier, you don't have to believe in aliens to speculate about super-advanced science-fiction level technology. In that case, we'd have to posit a fantastic new understanding of science in a way that surpasses everything we thought we knew. That has happened before.
I find the idea exciting and I would love for it to be true. To think that in my lifetime we'd see commercial space craft like the SpaceX Crew Dragon going into space or a plan to return to the Moon by 2024 in the NASA Artemis Mission or Elon Musk's plan to build a Martian colony. Those are amazing on their own. But maybe there's even more. Maybe something even bigger is about to happen.