UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

UFO events that indicate (for me) Artificial Intelligence

(Once more I used Patrick Huyghe’s 1996 book, pictured, for UFO sightings and/or creatures that may be identified as machine-like.)
The 1979 Robert Taylor (Scotland) episode strikes me as an encounter with an AI machine…..from where, I have no speculation. It’s one of the most striking cases for an AI incident.

As Bob Taylor rounded a corner he came across a spherical object in a woodland clearing. Approximately 20 feet (6 meters) across and 12 feet high (3.65 meters), the object appeared to be made of a dark-grey metallic material. At times the UFO seemed to be transparent as if trying to disguise itself.

A narrow edge of some kind ran around the outside of the object and some dark patches, which looked like portholes, could be seen on the body of the object.

When Bob Taylor began to approach, the UFO dropped - from its bottom half - two spheres with protruding metal spikes which looked like old naval mines. These two small objects, of which each was approximately three feet wide, were made of the same dark metallic material as the larger object.

Approaching Taylor, the small spheres with legs-like spikes left pattern-like tracks on the ground while rolling towards him. Then grabbed his trousers (tearing them) and began to drag the man along the ground towards the UFO.

Taylor described the object as "a dark metallic material with a rough texture like sandpaper" featuring an outer rim "set with small propellers".

Taylor claims he experienced a foul odor "like burning brakes" and that smaller spheres "similar to sea mines" had seized him and were dragging him in the direction of the larger object when he lost consciousness.
The 1965 Jerry Townsend (Long Prairie, Minnesota) encounter smacks of a bizarre affair, which could be psychotic in essence or one which came upon AI machines:

As Townsend stared in shock at the craft, he suddenly knew he wasn’t alone. Three metal entities, about the size and shape of beer cans, walked awkwardly on two legs from beneath the rocket and stood between it and Townsend. The entities put down a third leg that acted as a tripod and sat staring at Townsend.
The 1977 Lee Parrish (Prospect, Kentucky) can only be seen as contact with a machine.

Lee first saw the object hovering just over the tree line, between 100 and 220 feet off the road and at an altitude of 100 to 150 feet. The object appeared to be about 10 feet tall and 40 feet long. Its shape appeared perfectly rectangular.
The 1957 Mary Starr (Old Saybrook, Connecticut) episode really indicates creatures with AI or machine characteristics.

Through its lighted windows Mrs. Starr saw two figures that passed each other, walking in opposite directions.

"I could see that it [the object] was so shallow that the men could not have been more than three and a half or four feet tall," she told the investigators.

The occupants' right arms were raised but no hands were visible. They wore a kind of jacket that "flared out" at the base, and their heads were unusual - square or rectangular, red-orange in color, and with a brighter red "bulb" in the center.
The 1977 Antonio La Rubia (Paciencia, Brazil) event is truly odd, but the creatures are technological-like.

Antonio saw three "robots" positioned near him. They were one meter, 40 centimeters (about four feet) tall, but their antennae, which jutted out of the middle (tops) of their heads extended far enough to extend beyond his height (which is approximately five feet, five inches). The heads of the creatures were shaped like American footballs, with a band extending across the middle, horizontally, which looked like a row of small mirrors of a blue shade, one a little darker than the others.

The bodies, Antonio said, were stocky, the trunk broader than his own (he is muscular, but of slender build). They had appendages for arms which he compared to elephants' trunks, and which narrowed down to pointed tips, resembling one finger. Their bodies were made of a rough substance resembling scales.
The 1951 Fred Reagan (Airplane sighting) has the earmarks of a mechanical object or creature. (I’ve covered this case earlier here.)

He found himself inside the UFO [flying saucer], in the presence of small glistening beings, about three feet tall and looking like “huge stalks of metallic asparagus.”
There are other UFO instances or incidents that have a patina of AI about them, as I see it, and I’ll provide more upcoming.

The Townsend image above comes from:

The exquiste Starr (Saybrook) image above is from:



  • This comment has been removed by the author.

    By Blogger hessdalen lights, at Tuesday, March 08, 2016  

  • Yes, Julien...

    Such associations fall within Jose Caravaca's "Theory of Distortion" (covered here amply and at his Spanish blog, often linked here.)

    It's a possibility, surely, that both incidents can be explained by the associations you note.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, March 08, 2016  

  • Good evening,

    For the Robert Taylor case, I am still wondering if he had observed earth lights. The rolling "sea mines" may well be balls of
    plasma surrounded by electric sparks (taken for spikes). The object that became translucent may be a plasma that is vanishing. The electrical discharge may have caused after a temporal lobe epilepsy.

    Of course, the usual caveats apply here: one witness only, no reported similar sighting in the same area at the same period (indication of recurrence).



    By Blogger Rare phenomena lover, at Wednesday, March 09, 2016  

  • Jean...

    I accepted the epileptic etiology for a while but those torn pants troubled me.

    Did the dog do it, trying to drag his master after he fell down? Perhaps.

    Your scenario not out of the realm of possibility, but the AI speculation still resonates more with me.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, March 09, 2016  

  • Interesting analogies, Rich. It is always good to see when you step away from your soapbox to put out these associative, almost fugue-state impressions.

    Keep *up* the good work.



    By Blogger theo paijmans, at Wednesday, March 09, 2016  

  • Thanks Theo, I think....


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, March 09, 2016  

  • Thanks Theo, I think....


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, March 09, 2016  

  • This comment has been removed by the author.

    By Blogger hessdalen lights, at Thursday, March 10, 2016  

  • The description of the metal spheres in the 1979 incident immediately called to mind the mysterious and deadly spheres that were featured in the cult horror film Phantasm which incidentally came out in 1979.

    By Blogger Michael Stevens, at Sunday, March 13, 2016  

  • Jean, It is not often reported in the Robert Taylor incident that a neighbour saw an unusual object fly over his roof , within the same time frame....Alan Price

    By Blogger alan price, at Sunday, March 13, 2016  

  • "Jean, It is not often reported in the Robert Taylor incident that a neighbour saw an unusual object fly over his roof , within the same time frame....Alan Price"

    Very interesting. So, this is a point in favour of the earth light hypothesis.



    By Blogger Rare phenomena lover, at Monday, March 14, 2016  

  • The question is-

    What caused it?

    Was it merely psychosis?

    Were they just "imagining things"?

    It must have been pretty real to them-
    Most men of those type don't expose themselves to such ridicule very readily.

    It could also just as well have been beings representing themselves to these men in a form that they thought they would be familiar with.

    By Blogger J.Griffin, at Monday, March 14, 2016  

  • Hi Rich,

    I took the liberty of delving into these case by acquiring the raw case files, i.e., the taped interview transcripts, the typed correspondence and letters to and fro, as well as the filled in forms and opinions of the UFO enthusiast groups whose members latched on to these cases back in the day to report back to home base - whose stories ultimately became, heavily edited, redacted and moulded, often repeated stories in various UFO magazines, periodicals and from then on, citations in UFO books - ultimately reaching the web.

    What I miss in your summing up is the legitimacy of sources. Considering the raw data I have at my disposal, the accounts you use as sources are very much the end product of a sociological process. Articles by hack authors in commercial newsstand UFO pulp monthlies. There's a huge room for doubt whether these are accounts in any useful reliable sense, but you still treat them as such. And where is your attempt at statistical analysis?

    I would like you to steer away from the (commercial hackwork pulp) UFO magazines of the 1960's and 1970's which you cite so often - obviously your familiar frame of reference - and instead I'd like to see you invest some effort in getting at the original source files that form the basis of many of these weird and wonderful accounts.

    And while we are at it, join the current, global trend. If you are in possession of such original case file documents, post a nice pdf file of it on your site.



    By Blogger theo paijmans, at Monday, March 14, 2016  

  • But Theo...

    With all your "research" and "investigation" what have you discovered?

    What is your analysis of the sightings from your pristine sources?

    I've cited my sources. Have at them if you find them wanting.

    And there is a "global trend"? Tell me more.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 14, 2016  

Post a Comment

<< Home