Friday, April 6, 2012

Poll 91 - Free Energy within Ten Years?

Poll 91: "By ten years from now (2022), 'free energy' technologies will finally be in common usage around the world." Poll ended March 24 2012. 35.7% agreed, while the remaining 64.3% did not.

Is free energy a crazy idea? The conspiracy theorists who say free energy technology has existed since at least the time of Tesla, and that this knowledge has deliberately been suppressed, do have mounting scientific evidence to support the idea that it's possible to get "something" from "nothing". Here's a link to a recent New Scientist magazine article about the scientific research in this regard. Let me quote the opening paragraphs from this article, "Harnessing the Quantum Power of Empty Space", which was written by David Harris:

"NOTHING will come of nothing." Shakespeare's epithet seems the kind of self-evident statement that only poets and philosophers would argue over. And physicists like Chris Wilson.

Last year, Wilson and his team at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, provided what seems a particularly egregious case of something for nothing. They claimed to have conjured up light from nowhere simply by squeezing down empty space (New Scientist, 19 November 2011, p 16). That would be the latest manifestation of a quantum quirk known as the Casimir effect: the notion that a perfect vacuum, the very definition of nothingness in the physical world, contains a latent power that can be harnessed to move objects and make stuff.

Sightings of this vacuum action have been mounting over the past decade or so, leading some physicists to propose a new generation of nanoscale machines to take advantage of it, and others even to suggest a leading role for vacuum energy in determining the origin and fate of the cosmos. Others remain to be convinced.

Within this online version of this New Scientist article there's a nice little three minute cartoon about the concept of energy from the supposed "nothing" of empty space, check it out.

A direct link to the above video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdLAN18CSDE

Speaking about the concept of "nothingness", next week we'll look at this question: Are the Sixth and Ninth Dimension Empty? But first, coming up next: a Cadbury Eggs and the Sixth Dimension.

Enjoy the journey!

Rob Bryanton

5 comments:

2ndhandsoul said...

While the video stated that it doesn't mean that an absolute frame of reference is the ultimate conclusion of a pervasive "energy-ness" through-out the universe (maybe universes), but could it be a feasible result? Is this the "hyperspace" or "phasespace" that would make available FTL and other ways to circumvent 3rd or 4th dimensional "speed limits?"

2ndhandsoul said...

Even though the video does point out any discovery of such a pervasive "energy-ness" to space and the universe should necessarily indicate an absolute frame of reference, could such a discovery have such a conclusion? Would this be a discovery of the fifth dimensional phase space underlying the fourth dimensional spacetime we most readily encounter or are aware of? Essentially, with finding and then gaining some means to manipulate it, would FTL travel really amount to rewriting one's 4th dimensional state upon its 5th dimensional "canvas?" Not really "travel" but more like "probability manipulation?"

Rob Bryanton said...

Yes! This is what I've said in other entries as well. Even though the scientific consensus seems to have been reached that the "faster than light neutrinos" reported last fall were only the result of an experimental error, I've been saying that such a discovery would not be proof that Einstein was wrong. Instead, it would be the first direct evidence that it were possible to "fold" our 4D spacetime through the probability space of the fifth dimension, or the phase space of the sixth.
Thanks for writing!
Rob

2ndhandsoul said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Man%27s_War

I'm sifting through this concept and getting lost on things, but the above link is for John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" series, which has FTL travel made possible through probability manipulation of some sort. Perhaps not unlike a more serious take on Douglas Adams' Improbability Drive from "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Maybe the space-folding methods of Frank Herbert's "Dune" books. Maybe moreso, since it really is a spice-induced perspective by a conscious mind, using powerful observation manipulation. Consciousness may be the means by which that travel would be possible, considering any non-mind using means really can't observe or decide. It would rely on observation making a desired probability to collapse into actuality. Bah! I wish I could just find the reality where I understand this already...

Rob Bryanton said...

Thanks for the link, looks like an interesting series! I've always loved Greg Bear's writing, and his "The Way" series provides an interesting way of thinking about how all these different versions of the universe could be linked together and traveled within. The series starts with this book:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eon_%28novel%29

Somehow I missed reading Dune and Hitchhiker's Guide when I was growing up but people keep mentioning things from those books to me, guess I should really try to get to those some time. :)
Thanks for writing!
Rob

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