posted on Aug, 1 2013 @ 09:29 AM
Free energy. Unlimited energy. No more power plants. Fantastic. Let's do it!
Problem is, we can't. And this fellow certainly can't. He's a spokesman, not a scientist.
The technologies he is talking about are awesome. The variable opacity windows I know are still under development. They work, but they have problems
in real-world applications, one of which is that they are so easily damaged. When a bird flying into a $10,000 window can cause it to suddenly become
no better than a $50 _.. well, that's just not practical. The night vision film is amazing, and apparently works. How much does anyone want to
bet it is under development by the military right now?
I'm sure this guy believes everything he just said... but most of what he just said is not designed to inform, but to convince. The speech uses quite
a lot of emotional pleas throughout, and emotional pleas are a tip-off that the speech is not to disseminate information as much as to attract
investors. He starts just a few seconds in with a photo of that evil pollution spewing from a nuclear plant... actually, that is a composite photo of
nuclear cooling towers which emit nothing but steam (water) and fossil plant smokestacks which do not exist near nuclear plants. The effect is to show
how dirty power plants are (which is generally true) and to associate together all the worries about radioactivity and pollution and corporate control
in one emotion.
Then an immediate switch to this futuristic, spotlessly clean view of a living space. BTW, it looks like it could easily be imaginary; that could be a
3D CGI render using maximum texturing. But real or not, it is such a dramatic shift from the previous pollution and radiation filled imagery! Who
wouldn't want to live there?
OK, me. But I'm weird and I acknowledge that.
Then he ends with the picture of the dying little girl... heartbreaking! Absolutely heartbreaking, and no one with a soul could argue that it is
anything other than "wrong" as he says. But it being wrong does not have anything whatsoever to do with how electrons are going to act or how the
technologies work... it is a plea for help, and that help is in the form of... wait for it... money!
This is about getting money to keep the research going... and to pay for the spokesman, of course. This guy is making some boo-koo big bucks, let me
assure you. Speakers like this don't come cheap.
As far as the actual science goes... yeah, pretty impressive from what little he actually said about it. But he's talking about electrons being
caught in limbo in a laboratory. Can that translate into enough power to run a house? That's a lot of scale to be overcome and so far I am not sure
this technology is scalable to that degree. Of course, he's not talking to me; I am not going to call up TED and ask if they need a few million
dollars worth of investment. Others will do that.
And rest assured, these others that do cough up the big bucks? They're not just being nice to the planet. They plan on getting their money back down
the road with a nice little return. They want the same thing you want, the same thing I want, the same thing the power company CEOs want, the same
thing the little old lady in the house next door wants... they want nice things in life. They want good food, nice cars, a nice home in a nice
neighborhood, the big screen 3D HDTV, the video games, all the little things society has to offer. To get those things they need money. To get that
money, they invest, looking for a return. That return means the price of this wonderful new technology will be the highest it can be to make the most
profit. It's no different than what the power companies do right now, and are hated for doing.
This free-energy fantasy world can never happen... it defies the desire we all have to make our lives easier and denies the necessity of allowing each
individual involved in an industry to profit in order to live. And even if it did somehow become possible, even if I was proven wrong on all counts
mentioned above, even if God Himself reached down and decreed that the world would work the way some seem to want it to... it will not begin with some
well-dressed guy giving an emotional symposium on the benefits of the technology his scientist friends are working on. It'll start in a garage on a
quiet suburban street or a homemade lab sitting off a rural country road or even in the trunk of a curious teenager's car. It won't be pretty, it
won't come with integrated video and sound effects, and it won't be announced on a stage in front of wealthy investors.