There have been several discussions on the Journal of Nuclear Physics recently on whether or not Andrea Rossi should give his technology away. One commenter, Remi Andre, stated:
“I follow your work since the 14th January 2011. I wrote three articles on webzines about LENR and I did translate the slideshow of Mr. Van Houwelingen in French in order to catch the attention of French people. I also spoke of your work to all of my numerous pupils around me. Today if I am writing to you it is to ask you to make something that is completely out of your business plan. The world lives very great tensions between the OTAN and the Syrian which are allied of Russians. A major war can begin like this. The gazing (gassing?) of innocent children in Damascus has not been proven to be the result of Bachar El-Assad’s army but Mr. Obama is decided to attack. Of course, the moral pretext of protecting innocent Syrian citizens hide the true reason, and this reason is, as usual, energy. Syria is exactly located where the Qatari gaz pipes are supposed to be installed in order to play a major role in the commerce of gaz.
“I know you worked hard in your life and especially concerning this project. Aski8ng you to give all the secrets you have concerning the e-cat is more than probably useless but I needed to ask you to do so.
“I am not only teaching physics and chemistry to teenagers. I have also participated to a scientific study on a very controversial subject: life after death experience (called NDE Near Death Experience). I have no complete answer of course of what happens after we die but a great part of the people who did experience such experiences said that they were feeling all the good and bad things we did to the other people. If it’s true, by giving the keys of this wonderful invention you’ll be in the ‘nirvana’….
“What a big responsibility you have in your hands Mr. Rossi….”
Andrea Rossi replied at length, and very clearly:
“I answered many times to this issue. To give away the IP will kill all the serious investments, for obvious reasons. We are making a rigorous work of test and validation and when it will have been finished our technology will reach a wide diffusion made by the concerns that now are investing because they have an IP.
“My responsibility is to make this technology have the strongest possible backing to be really useful, not to go to the Nirvana. Honestly, I think we have to serve God not to go to the Nirvana, but to merit the life and give a sense to it. If you want to really diffuse a technology you need real backing, and no backing has ever been given to open source stuff, You have a paradigmatic example if you make a comparative analysis between Linus and Microsoft. Should we give away the IP we would lose all the serious backers and should have a Brancaleon’s Armada of clowns playing with it.
“About the situation in Siria, I do not agree with you. The situation in Siria is enormously more complex than you say, even if today they always say that whatever happens of bad is born by the bad guys dealing with energy. As a matter of fact the sociological evolution (revolution?) in Africa and Middle East has much more complex origins: it is the difficult awakening of a people that disrupts equilibria made by leading classes that have not understood the line of evolution of History. Energy plays a marginal role in this situation.
“Thank you for you kind and persistent attention, for which I conserve gratitude.”
Rossi, to use a colloquialism, “nailed it”. Not only did he explain the logic of investment and IP, he put the horrible trouble in Syria in perspective. The fact that this a sociological evolution/revolution must not be overlooked, especially by countries facing the prospect of sending their own soldiers to participate. In the past, the free flow of oil has been stated as the reason of foreign intervention, with a view of protecting the recipient countries. However, With just a few words, Mr. Rossi makes it clear that free release of his technology would only cripple the development of said technology.
It’s quite unfair to lay the troubles of any war, country, or civilization at the feet of any one man – especially an inventor. Thankfully, Mr. Rossi did not allow himself to be shamed into a useless show of conscience that would cause one of the most revolutionary sources of energy to be lost, only to be implemented by individuals for personal purposes, if at all.