Assuming tings pan out, then we are on the cusp of truly widespread liberty. This can only be good for the future in general, and Christians in particular. All these glorious advances in such a short time – 3D printing and the Internet, encryption for the masses and on-line commerce, cheap computers and cheap food.
With that being said, exactly what kind of reaction is producing the large amount of heat energy remains unknown. While the reaction was originally touted as cold fusion when Rossi first unveiled the device a few years ago, most analysts now suspect that the mechanism is more likely a low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) that is not fusion. If the reaction involves the conversion of nickel into copper, as it seems, then it would be considered a transmutation.
Somewhat frustratingly, the seven scientists were not allowed to look inside the steel cylinder that houses the fuel, which is a combination of nickel powder, hydrogen gas, and—most mysteriously—a catalyst composed of unknown additives. This catalyst is an industrial trade secret, and the secrecy makes it impossible for independent scientists to understand exactly how the device works.
“It is frustrating to observe a mysterious phenomenon but not be allowed to investigate it fully, yes,” Essén said. “I understand, however, that inventors are mainly interested in commercial applications and that this requires the keeping of industrial secrets.”
What the scientists could do was to operate the device, measure the heat energy it produced, and compare that to the input energy to calculate the impressive values stated above. They could also assess the prototypes for any potential radioactive emissions, of which they found none.
I’m still waiting for my cheap 3D printer and 3D “tricoder” (so I can cut my ties to the medical establishment); it looks like I will have to wait for my cheap code fusion power plant as well.
How long? I’d guess a decade or two. If you use computers as a model for these new technologies, we’re still in 1969: the first build-it-yourself PC was in the mid-70s.
Wait, wait, wait….