This year there has been a surge in the number of companies which have launched UAP databases. These include PhenomAInon; UPDB; and Enigma Labs.
On 7 May 2022, a new website called PhenomAInon, was launched by OtoAI Limited Liability Company. Papers to create this new LLC, were filed on 28 May 2021, filing number 2021-001008746, showing its home address as Sheridan, Wyoming. Its registered agent was an entity called Cloud Peak Law LLC. The home page of the website states:
"PhenomAInon is the world's first Cloud native Data and AI platform for phenomenon based data analysis. We are building a connected framework and Open Source Phenomenon Platform (OSPP) to provide data ingestion, data and AI analysis, and insights pipeline for research, collaboration, and community."
In a blog post dated 8 May 2022, I noted that the various individual databases that appear on the PhenomAInon website, were remarkably similar to those created by Jacques Vallee, in his CAPELLA data warehouse, perpared by him, on behalf of Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) for the Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA) Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP.) Later, many of the BAASS related individual databases were withdrawn from the PhenomAInon site, although no reason was ever given for this latter action.
In attempting to determine how these DIA AAWSAP BAASS generated databases came to be made publicly available I noted that in the book "Skinwalkers at the Pentagon" by James T. Lacatski et al, there is the following quote:
"The authors are aware that the AAWSAP BAASS Date Warehouse, rather than lying fallow in a dusty warehouse or on a discarded hard drive, has been recently reactivated and is currently in use in various locations related to the government study of UAPs."
Who is behind the PhenomAInon database? That would be Joe Schurman. Schurman gave a presentation titled "AI and UAPs" at the 2021 AI Expo, which provided an excellent outline of the platform which he has established for his UAP work. In the video of the presentation, Schurman mentions his liaison with such individuals as Chris Mellow, Lue Elizondo, and others in the Defense industry whom he cannot mention.
The second database which appeared shortly after PhenomAInon, was UPDB. As with the PhenomAInon databases, many of the individual databases in UPDB were remarkably similar to the CAPELLA data warehouse. The website states that:
"UPDB is a meta-database of reports & documents about unexplained phenomena. data previously stored away in disparate documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, and long-dead websites can now be viewed together in a unified date & location format. Publius' philosophy is that new insights can be revealed with a higher level analysis of this decades-long body of work."
Who was behind the creation of UPDB? Twitter user, @uapublius owns up to this on their Twitter account, whilst remaining anonymous.
Enigma Labs LLC
The latest entry into the field of UAP databases, is an entity named Enigma Labs LLC, about which an article appeared on bloomberg.com dated 12 July 2022, authored by Roxane Tiron and Mia McCarthy. A check of corporations registered with the State Secretary of Delaware found Enigma Labs LLC was registered 1 December 2020, file number 4272722. The registered agent was Corporation Service Company, 251 Little Falls Drive, Wilmington, county of New Castle, state of Delaware.
The Enigma Labs website states:
* "Welcome to the first data and community platform dedicated to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)"
* "Enigma is the largest queryable, scored UAP database in the world. We've run machine learning on over 400k civilian and military reports, collating media and sensor data, and deconflicting sightings with identifiable variables..."
Enigma Labs is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EnigmaLabs2 A March 2 2022 tweet about the company, advertised itself as "...the first well-resourced team of technologists to build a dedicated data, community and research platform for UAP/UFOs. Our founding group is made up of engineers, investigative journalists, data scientists and physicists." Although on Twitter since November 2020, the first tweet on 2 March 2022 anounced the launch of Engima Labs. The tweet had a link to an Enigma blog.
Who is behind Enigma labs? The bloomberg article revealed that the founder was a woman named Alex Smith. A search on the Internet was undertaken, for additional information about Alex Smith, which fitted the profile information given in the media articles; Enigma Labs' blog and website, etc. No information could be found. What if the name Alex Smith was a pseudonym? But then, how to find out the identity of the real individual behind that name?
Alex Smith's LinkedIn page states that Alex Smith was the founder of Enigma Labs in November 2020. So, various keyword searches were performed on a number of Internet platforms. One of these searches was viaTwitter's advanced search tools, to look for anyone on Twitter who would fit the profile described in the media articles etc. working backwards in time from 1 December 2020. It needed to be someone who'd expressed an interest in UFOs (there were many); wasn't one of the dozens of recognizable UAP Twitter user names; and fitted the time frame of around November 2020. Out of all these searches, there was one hit.The potential candidate for "Alex Smith" tweeted the following on 15 October 2020 from Twitter account @alice_LG
"...humans need to take a break from bullshit and pay attention to the overwhelming evidence of _UFOs_
go watch @PhenomenonMovie - top of itunes chart. 70 years of credible global sightings, senators, astronauts testimony."
@alice_LG is an individual named Alice Lloyd George.
"Alex Smith" - an American female, based in New York City, who has experience in Internet start up companies; and an interest in aerospace/space, data science, and UFOs, which started around November 2020.
Alice Lloyd George - an American female, based in New York City, who has extensive experience in Internet start up companies; with an interest in frontier tech; science, space. Who, on 15 October 2020, tweeted "...humans need to take a break from bullshit and pay attention to the overwhelming evidence of _UFOs_"
Given that three players in the field of UAP databases have emerged in a short time; there is reason to believe that others may also enter the same arena over time.