In this Earth-like world, governments of several countries have decided to allow tourists to visit most of their secret research facilities in a similar way to what happened in Jurassic Park.
This time the visitors will not have the chance to be eaten by researched subjects. They will have guided tours through the laboratories (no touch and no interference policy strictly enforced by transparisteel) and they will be able to watch live demonstrations of the technologies being developed.
A few main reasons for the governments' decision were:
- direct funding from tourism;
- increase awareness of technological advancements with the ultimate goal of allowing joint researches with public institutes;
- increase researchers and possible test subjects recruitment;
- allow the general public and military to (re)gain confidence in the governments that manage these research facilities.
A few options have already been considered for the opening process:
- send a few familiar/knowledgeable persons first and get their feedback (a.k.a. Jurassic Park style);
- open them only to graduated scientific researchers;
- entrance will only be given to those who scored over 70% on a specific psychological test.
Even with precautions like these, how could the related governments manage most of the direct and indirect consequences of opening these facilities to public?
What would be the most effective approach of launching these research facilities as tourists attractions and their consequences?
I am revamping the question due to some points that may not have been sufficiently cleared out:
- I used the sci-fi word transparisteel since I am not familiar of one-sided transparent metals capable of blocking explosions and various kinds of waves and radiation (as a sci-fi space-ship supposedly does).
- Any visitor would need to sign an agreement which discloses that the tour guide management or the facility itself will not be held liable in case of death or injury inside the facility (if anyone manages to blow up something, it's not the management's fault).
- Most researchers will not be aware of visitors passing by through the tunnels.
- The tunnels will only pass through non-critical research operations rooms.
- The way the research is shown to the visitor does not provide a chance of the research itself to be copied or reverse-engineered or to identify the researchers working on them (e.g. this transparisteel manages to blur out anything that may identify someone, similarly to Google Maps face blur).
- Visitors will not be able to leave the tour tunnels (there is literally no access to the facility rooms, even to tour guides).
- Different tours will require different sets of access permissions from the visitor which may depend on, for example, psychological test results, education level or simple monetary contributions (expensive tickets).
- The rooms will present things that have never been seen before by the public (if you are having a hard time figuring out what is going to be shown, you can think of a live presentation of Nikolas Tesla's unknown technology).
- Some of the rooms may display actors testing and presenting a relatively safe technology (or open rooms outside the facility may be created in order to perform shows where safe, known but rare technology is demonstrated to an audience).