The mysterious American Graphite Technologies, and the EU’s €2bn BHR project: A special Slog investigation
I’m on the record over many years as saying that futurology is mainly bunk, because gamechangers do not appear as part of linear quantitative change….they zoom in from behind the one cloud in a blue sky. One such development about which I blogged in June last year is graphene, and its relevance to the EC’s Human Brain Project (HBP) being developed at the cost of €2billion in association with the US. This is what I noted at the time:
‘I have been told in the last 24 hours that one major area of spend the HBP’s sponsors are less willing to talk about is advanced robotics. What are being increasingly referred to in such circles as soft body robots. Or put another way, alternative humans.
The BHP is, I’m told, going to build on initial research into graphene gel done by UC Berkeley in the States. The gel can be moulded, and then respond to light – just like a real life-form. In doing so, the gel can be made to flex and move almost instantaneously. Part of the gel is made from synthetic elastin – one of the important building blocks for human blood vessels and skin.
Add that to a robot using graphene to make brain function a hundred times faster, and graphene skin a hundred times stronger than steel, and you have something very special indeed. Or truly horrifying: a weapon. A weapon, what’s more, that could be rendered invisible: because graphene gel is light sensitive…’
Hold that thought, because it is sensationally related to the other huge game-changer that’s just around the corner: 3D printing.
When first told about 3D printing early in 2012, I thought it was a spoof. It isn’t: the market for 3D printers and services was worth $2.2 billion worldwide in 2012, having grown 29% year on year. Growth in 2013 was evenmore explosive. This is why: 3D printers can offset their capital costs by enabling consumers to avoid costs associated with purchasing common household objects.
The globalist repeat-consumption model is doomed, folks: As I write there are thirteen different substances being developed, tested and used in 3D printers. They include thermoplastics (e.g. PLA, ABS), HDPE, eutectic metals, edible materials, Rubber (Sugru), Modelling clay, Plasticine, RTV silicone, Porcelain, Metal clay (including Precious Metal Clay), titanium alloys, cobalt chrome alloys, stainless steel, Aluminium, ceramics, photopolymer, and plastic film.
But what they can all do is clone manufactured products – in your home or garage – at the cost of nothing more than the layers of 2D printing medium required to build up the shape and produce a finished product. You need never buy anything again.And theoretically – once you have access to 3D – you won’t need to work that hard, because you won’t need much money any more.
That’s how Earth-shatteringly revolutionary this development is. But of course, there are geopolitical as well as economic and financial earthquakes afoot here: the emergence of China, for example, may be about to stop dead in its tracks. While Beijing has stolen manufacturing share from every developed economy from Japan to the US on the basis of cheap output and shipping costs, 3D printing renders all that irrelevant. In fact, it renders globalist mercantile trade irrelevant. It renders exporting per se irrelevant.
Three weeks ago, the thought occurred to me that there is an obvious connection between 3D printing, and graphene as a medium for such printing. I made several notes in Word, and sent off an email to one US source on the subject, at which point my laptop blew up. On reflection, I think those events are unconnected. However, last weekend a new pc arrived here, and further research followed.
Unbelievably, it led straight to the most hotly contested region in Ukraine, a secretive US company, and a major joint venture between that company and major-league research institutes in Ukraine.
The US company is called American Graphite Technologies Inc.(AGIN) It’s not easy to find out stuff about AGIN: this is what four Google searches gave me last Sunday:
‘…on March 21, 2014, the [AGIN] closed a $300,000 unregistered offering of securities with three accredited investors. Palladium Capital Advisors LLC of New York, New York acted as the placement agent for the offering.
The offering was undertaken by way of a securities purchase agreement for 3,750,000 units at $0.08 per unit, each unit consisting of one share of common stock and one share purchase warrant entitling the holder to purchase one additional share of common stock at a price of $0.15 per share for a period of five years. The securities referred to herein will not be or have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration, under the Act.
The Securities Act of 1933 was passed to ensure that all new securities offered to the public have been described in adequate detail in the registration statement and prospectus….To prevent fraud in the sale of securities, the SEC designed the Act to provide full disclosure to the public in the interstate sale of securities so that any potential investor may make fully informed buying decisions.
As you can see from two paras ago, that has been waived in order to allow AGIN to strut their stuff. And the company seems mainly to be strutting in Kharkiv (Kharkov)….in eastern Ukraine.
AGIN recently announced (May 2013) its intention to partner with three Ukrainian research institutions — National Academy of Science of Ukraine, National Science Centre, and Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology (KIP)….to explore the potential of 3D printing with graphene. Later in the summer, the company announced it had “reached an agreement in principle with its collaboration partner, Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology in Ukraine on its project named “P600″ which will be to research the properties of graphene contained matter as working material for 3D printing.”
On Oct 11, 2013, AGIN and KIP confirmed that active research was now ongoing on the project. And then three weeks ago, the Top Secret deal with ‘3 accredited investors’ (unnamed) was announced. I’m led to believe that two individuals have driven that deal, “one American, and one non-American”.
‘Part of the gel is made from synthetic elastin – one of the important building blocks for human blood vessels and skin. Add that to a robot using graphene to make brain function a hundred times faster, and graphene skin a hundred times stronger than steel, and you have something very special indeed. Or truly horrifying: a weapon….’
Invisible, indestructible robots being churned out by 3D graphene printing is no small deal. It removes any need for expensive cloning research, and it gives whoever perfects it first a massive military lead. And this isn’t science fiction: 3D-printed liver slices are already being tested in the US for organ repacement surgery, with encouraging results. Last month, Researchers at the University of Liverpool announced the development of synthetic skin produced on a 3D printer.
Now link all that to the EU/US two billion dollars being thrown at the HBR project. It explains – at last – WTF the EC was doing meddling in Ukraine in the first place. It probably also explains why the unstable situation there suddenly accelerated into the collapse of the pro-Moscow regime. And it provides solid grounds for thinking that exactly the same motives influenced Putin’s decision to annex Crimea in the east in double-quick time.
But what’s that got to do with Karkov? Look where it is, dear reader….and then observe the latest breaking news from that region:
‘….Police clashed with anti-coup protesters in Kharkov, east Ukraine, Monday night in an effort to push the activists back from the city administration building. This comes after the rally proclaimed independence of the region from Kiev. Police reportedly used fire-hoses, stun grenades, and tear gas to push the crowd back from the building. In response, protesters threw several Molotov cocktails at the building and set a pile of tires on fire….Activists at the scene said the law enforcement officers who used force against protesters had been deployed from western Ukraine. According to some witnesses, the violence was initially triggered by a group of provocateurs. Earlier in the day, pro-EU demonstrators clashed with supporters of the federalization of Ukraine…’
Now fine, that’s the view from Russia Today, but it’s not hard to see what’s going on here: there is organised provocation on both sides, the EU wants its development project inside the tent, the IMF (aka Washington) has lent the ‘new’ Ukraine tons of money…and the clearly Government-connected American Graphite Technologies guys don’t want their investment heading back towards Moscow. Ukrainian Interior Minister (head of spooks) Arsen Avakov yesterday announced that “a full-scale anti-terrorist operation” had been launched to ensure the City’s safety. I’d imagine he won’t be short of American advisers on that one.
Yesterday, the White House accused Russia of sending spies into east Ukraine to “create chaos” and provide a pretext for a possible Crimea style military intervention. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, described a series of pro-Russian building seizures in eastern cities as an “illegal and illegitimate effort to destabilise a sovereign state”, funded by the Russian special services. But Mr Kerry didn’t mention anything about 3D graphene printing. You see, if your printing material is invisible, nobody can see the elephant in the room.
Previously at The Slog on Ukraine: Four reasons why it will all end in tears