Friday, July 3, 2009

Finally…The Future Is Here?

It’s been an interesting ride for me watching how ‘slowly’ holography has evolved, at least from my vantage point. Of course then again, we were replicating flat optical lenses and holographic movies onto plastic almost forty years ago.

Back then, unique concepts of holography’s possibilities and implications-that didn’t surface until decades later-used to be just daily thoughts for me.

In a fairly recent Scientific American Magazine (Aug. 2003) their Cover Story asked: “Are You a Hologram? (Quantum physics says the entire universe might be)”

[My quote from a magazine article on holography in 1977]…“it’s a whole new science of technology with undreamed of potential,” it ventures also into the realm of metaphysics, as you might have gathered. “is the universe a hologram? Am I a hologram?” asks Jeff and does not pause for an answer...

This was over a quarter of a century earlier from the article “The Future is Here: Holography Opens Horizons”, LA Free Press, by Polly Warfield, Oct. 21-27

Again, back then I just asked the questions…though now ‘The Holographic Universe’ concept seems to be the prevailing ‘metaphor’.

Lately there have been some significant breakthroughs in holography’s capability to measure, manipulate, direct, process, store and display information on a quantum level. Holography has the potential to open up new vistas in our ability to interact with each other on this planet and better understand our roles as part of the whole. In Latin, Holography means ‘whole message’.

[Another quote from the LA Free Press article] “While pictures are interpreted symbols, a hologram is a direct, precise means of communication. An infant is born with the ability to read a hologram immediately, while, to the baby, words and pictures are utterly obscure”…muses Jeff Allen.

Our early embossing techniques have evolved to the point where billions and billions of embossed holograms are being produced globally for security and packaging applications.

‘Display’ (which includes interesting and artistic imagery) holography has been the caterpillar morphing into a butterfly…and it’s been taking its own sweet time.

But…with holography’s inherent capability to create interesting, impactive and interactive imagery in multi-dimensions, a new era will eventually be ushered in and in the forefront, holographic communication through print, will be positioned. The stage is set.

[Here's how the LA Free Press article began:]

THE FUTURE is here now, says Jeff Allen, smiling gently in his quiet and rather whimsical way.

The future has sprung full blown from a laser beam, like Minerva, fully grown from the head of Jove. It shimmers like rainbow, beckons like the horizon. You can see it in a hologram……..

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Honoring Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi with Eileen’s JUSTSAP Space Exploration Pioneer Award

(pic - Jeff Allen, Eileen Borgeson and Governor George Ariyoshi)

For the past three years, the JUSTSAP organization (Japan – U. S. Science, Technology & Space Applications Program) and its members have been honored with three separate sculptures by Eileen Borgeson presented as ‘the Space Exploration Awards’.

Debuting in 2006, Eileen’s ‘Space Exploration Award’ was presented as a recognition piece for the entire organization. The award featured the ‘Orbital Muse’ sculpture.

Earlier that year, The ‘Orbital Muse’ had been introduced as the ‘Dennis Tito Award’ honoring the first private space explorers who trained as astronauts and paid to visit the International Space Station. The ‘Orbital Muse’ was positioned on top of an assemblage of three other sculptures by Eileen. Three Dennis Tito Awards were given out by the National Space Society and the Space Tourist Society at the SDC06 awards show and Eileen and I got to surprise Dennis Tito on stage and present him with his own award.

The ‘Orbital Muses’ of awards were supplied and sponsored by Saxton Industries.

In 2007, Eileen and I had the honor of personally presenting the second JUSTSAP Space Exploration award to former Hawaii Governor, George Ariyoshi. This was entitled the Space Exploration Pioneer Award and was Eileen’s ‘Pele’s Gift’. Greg Henkel sandblasted the Hawaii islands into the crystal earth Pele’s golden flames were holding. Greg of Stoneface sand blasted the plaque as well. The Koa wood award base was made by Big Island’s master woodworker Jonathan Mathew.

George Ariyoshi is considered to be the most beloved of all Hawaii’s Governors, which is probably why they changed the rules to allow him to have a third term. When we researched George for our presentation speech we discovered many wonderful contributions he offered in his position. We talked to him after the presentation and found him to be very engaging and as endearing as everyone had said he’d be.

The award reads:

The Space Exploration Pioneer Award
Presented to The Honorable George R. Ariyoshi

In recognition of his sustained and distinguished contribution promoting International Collaboration in Space Exploration.
Japan and U. S. Science, Technology & Space Applications Program
November 12, 2007