posted on May, 23 2019 @ 05:57 PM
originally posted by: Hyperboles
most likely, it will be suppressed, if indeed it works
a reply to: Scapegrace
I don’t know; there would be so much money to be made. If it works, and that will require at least a few million bucks to prove (an experiment has
been devised), the first gorilla to lend generous financial, legal and possibly, political, support would become the most powerful company in history.
However, the technology would be unbelievably disruptive and many industries and companies would become the equivalent of buggy whip makers when the
Model T was mass produced. For example, why would a power grid be needed when every product running on electricity has a factory-installed power
source that lasts for years, and can be easily and cheaply refueled? What would happen to all the people who earn a living by maintaining power grids?
No manufacturer of physical products could completely ignore this technology and remain competitive. They would have to embrace it wholeheartedly to
survive, either by incorporating it into their products or using it to produce their products.
Imagine a power source that uses no toxic, rare or radioactive materials; that is incredibly “dense,” as in compact and very powerful; and can
generate electricity for years, depending only on the amount of fuel it’s supplied with. One of the most likely fuels at the moment is vanadium, but
it’s far from being the only one.
Like almost every great invention there would be negative effects. For example, agriculture makes it possible to support large numbers of people, with
terrible consequences for the environment and other species. The scientific method made nuclear weapons possible. Antibiotics are misused and cause
the rapid evolution of drug-resistant diseases.
In all likelihood our venture will end when someone, possibly even the inventor, finds a fatal flaw in the theory. That’s how these things usually
turn out, I mean look at all the projects working on fusion power — how many of them are likely to succeed? Meanwhile, I’ll continue sinking my
money into it and hoping it works.