TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) is headed by Jason Hawes, 33, and Grant Wilson, 31, who star in the Sci-Fi series Ghost Hunters. They are neither Ph.D. scientists, nor zany, theatrical hotline psychics. Jason and Grant are plumbers by trade, and their TAPS colleagues are in similarly "ordinary" professions. From a factory worker, to an office manager and a teacher, these are respected members of a small, blue-collar Rhode Island community where many of the TAPS members were born and bred.
Upon meeting, Jason and Grant became fast friends, both with a marked interest in paranormal research. Soon, they began to seek out others like themselves--people with a levelheaded, driving interest in the paranormal. Within a year, TAPS was formed, and through word-of-mouth they developed a reputation for helping people with unusual domestic problems. It has been more than a decade since Jason and Grant met. Since then TAPS has grown in size and scope to become one of the most respected paranormal groups in America. They now have branches across the U.S. and affiliates in 12 other countries. TAPS members are, like Jason and Grant, humble, self-assured, distinctive and inquisitive; they search for answers, but are comfortable with unsolved or unproven conclusions.
Consumer privacy expert Katherine Albrecht returned to share an update on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products and how society might be affected by their usage. Many large companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Gillette, and Wal-Mart envision using the technology to create an "Internet of Things," where all products can be tracked all the time, she said.