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Back in 2006, Duke University researchers presented the first invisibility cloak to the world. A small object was hidden from microwaves by using metamaterials. But the object still could be seen with the naked eye.
Since Duke's presentation the research in the cloaking field has intensified. Inevitably consumer cloaking devices and products will emerge years from now.
In the future, if you don't feel like dressing up or if you’re having a bad hair day there’s a quick fix at your fingertips – put your cloak on (in the form of a hat, coat, sweater, jacket, shoes, etc.) and voilά - you're rendered invisible.
Painter: John William Waterhouse re Pandora's box (Painting in Public Domain - wikipedia)
Of course, the creation of special eyewear and goggles will enable the public and law enforcement to view the outlines of invisible persons.
Surely conflicts will erupt over whether to cloak or not…What if you prefer being invisible while your significant other doesn't? Or your friends prefer being visible and you don’t?
Furthermore, how will families navigate this issue if there are some members opting for visibility and others not?
As cloaking technology becomes more expansive the potential for its unethical use is likely. In the distant future, I predict that individuals could be rendered invisible by criminals or totalitarian governments and held captive in that state. Until the demands of the scoundrels are met.
Also, I predict some rogue scientist may discover a way to cloak entities like corporations, countries, states, or cities for the hell of it.
(Scriptwriters and science fiction writers out there- this is a fantastic plot -- don’t forget to hook a sister up when you get paid).
Knapp, Alex, (2012/11/14). "Duke Researcher Perfect the Original Invisibility Cloak." Forbes.
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