I have noticed that there seems to be a slight uptick in interest in LENR recently — probably due to some of the reports that have been coming out lately from various conferences and publications where the topic is being taken quite seriously by certain people in business and academic circles. When you have serious players such as National Instruments getting deeply involved in the emerging field of LENR it is enough to make people who are acqainted sit up and take notice.
If you study the early days of many important technologies you will find that their beginnings started with a few pioneers who were typically unusual in their interests and work; they wanted to explore areas that were yet untouched. Inventors by their nature are going to be operating in the fringes of their disciplines since they try to build things and do things that have never been done before. To me it makes sense that they and their work will not be readily accepted by their professional peers, or the public at large. They may even be looked on as unusual or even crazy because they attempt to do things that are impossible — and as we know, the impossible can’t be done!
There comes a time, however, in the development of a new technology when people who are paying attention, and are not immediately dismissive, start to realize that just maybe, there may be something to this invention after all. At some moment a tipping point is reached, and this is the time when smart, ambitious and creative people start to see the potential of a new technology, and floodgates begin to open. Many of us have lived through technological revolutions.
I remember well the time in 1991 that I first became aware of the Internet. I was at a conference at a university and various professionals were talking about Internet applications. I admit that at the time I was not particularly impressed. Really, what use to me was the ability to be able to send code from one computer to another? But within only a few years the world of information dissemination and communications had become radically changed. Why did that revolution happen? Because people began to see the vast potential for useful Internet-based applications and began to create hardware and software products. Along with the inventors and developers came the entrepreneurs and financiers who saw potential for commercial success. Internet service providers sprung up all over the world and people were able to use personal computers (another revolutionary technology) to get on the Internet. Now we have billions of people operating even more billions of devices to do a huge variety of tasks and activities online.
I believe the same thing that has happened with technologies such as electricity, automotive transportation, telephony, computing, and other major inventions will happen in the field of LENR. Yes, I am sure there will be some resistance from entrenched interests, but even these interests will begin to realize that are opportunities awaiting them if they adjust to the new realities of a technology that will allow for the production of far cheaper and cleaner energy than is now available.
I believe we are at the very early stages of something very significant. A technology that has been the focus of a very few dedicated pioneers is beginning to come out of the wilderness. It’s impossible to say exactly how it will emerge, and where it will all lead, but I think LENR will be embraced in basically the same way as many earlier technologies that have come make up the infrastructure of modern civilization.