Society is never a constant. What today is accepted as a norm, yesterday was considered to be an abnormality, and chances are it may be considered a passed phase in the future. Changes come and go and are part of the evolutionary scale, thus making society a rather liquid entity. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the best qualities of society.
Think of the implications of various scientific inventions and discoveries; if society was stable and hard a rock, there would be no way for humanity at large to incorporate various innovations into our way of life. Yes, we like to be stable, but without the flexibility on the part of the scientific circles we would most likely still be living in caves.
Taking this idea of flexibility of society as a whole and science in particular for the basis of the examination of possible implications of the E-Cat invention of Andrea Rossi, we will perhaps see quite a few changes happening in the near future, should the LENR technology proves to be a market win as it currently seems to be. So far there has been quite some opposition for these developments, as they do seem to contradict to the current laws of physics. But it’s not like we have always been right with our scientific presuppositions. If that was the case, for one, we would still walk the flat earth.
Some believe that the invention of this scale will change the society forever, while others believe that nothing is going to change since the technology is a dud, or a mistake at best. This dilemma of “to be or not to be” of Energy Catalyzer has been present since E-Cat’s inception, and won’t be resolved until the world sees the technology at work on a more global scale.
However, when the ECat becomes available on the market, it would be an answer to many technologies of the past. Rossi himself has many times mentioned in his comments at JONP that he’s inclined to incorporate his E-Cats into the existing technology, thus mixing the two – the old and the new, making use of the best of both worlds. And this scenario seems to be the right scenario doable at the beginning, as a transition to the new infrastructures of the future.
It may just well perform the transformation of our society as a whole. For example, Japan could use the Ecat to decentralize their electric power grid and produce electricity locally. By slowly phasing out the centralized Uranium Nuclear plants, Japan could replace them with multiple small Ecat electric plants. This would make the Asian country more resistant to electric outages that often happen because of earthquakes and would make Japan’s electric grid more reliable.
By combining the E-cat with an aluminum block a hybrid electric/nuclear powered car may be possible. This car could produce power for months, possibly years with no fuel being required. A diesel powered car, bus or train could also use the ECat tech.
What other potential high impact society changes do you foresee in an ECat powered future?