Thanks to Mats Lewan for this comment on his thoughts about the current state of affairs regarding Andrea Rossi and the E-Cat (provided in response to Bruce Williams in this thread
Bruce – it is difficult to report on Rossi’s activities at the moment since there’s no confirmed news. At all. However, lately I have been regularly in contact with Rossi, and I have also gone through large parts of the documentation from the court case. I start to have a clearer idea on what really happened, and why everyone reacted as they did, including IH. Will try to confirm my hypothesis and report on it some day.
The conclusion and my assessment, in any case, is that Rossi has what he claims. First, nothing else makes sense. Second, what Rossi tells me keeps making sense (theory, experiments, efforts, ambitions, behaviour, doubts, etc etc).
I don’t know anything about his ongoing sales of heat to customers. I have the impression that he is very careful about letting customers in, while also being strongly focused on the R&D of SSM.
I also think he could be ready to do a convincing demo (significantly easier with SSM since there’s no input at all), maybe closed, which could move some things.
At that point comes the question on how to diffuse the technology to the world in an efficient way. I have my opinions and I’m ready to help if I get the opportunity. From my point of view, this amazing story is continuing, and I’m still curious about where it will lead.
Yet, I understand that as an outside observer, without talking with Rossi, it’s very difficult to get a reasonably solid idea on what he is doing. Which is why it will come as a complete surprise to the world if he one days presents a solid and viable technology.
A few days ago I went to a presentation by Nassim Nicholas Taleb about his new book, Skin in the Game. I refer to his book The Black Swan in my book, and I will try to send him a copy. Probably he won’t read it, but if he does I would be curious about his view on the situation. Viable LENR is so far from most people’s imagination that it would by all means be a black swan. Therefore, before bringing such technology to the world, however useful it might be, some work would need to be done in order to make it come to good use.