We are aware that there is a large number of new people that are starting to pay attention to this field and our work also. Below, we discuss some of how we came to do what we are doing and the potential wider impact of the approach.
During the summer of 2012, an idea was born at the annual International Conference on Cold Fusion. The field of cold fusion had been marginalised for 23 years, despite the profound potential of this new low cost, clean, and sustainable energy source to address many urgent global needs. Inspired by the devoted scientists in this field, a small group of attendees proposed a new approach to this research area that just might accelerate its realisation.
The proposal was for an exceptionally inclusive and open exploration of the scientific field, where every element of the process, from hypothesis to conclusion, would be laid bare for anybody to challenge and improve. The aim was to invite criticism and immediately publish data as it was collected, such that questions about the veracity of the data would be dispelled and more credibility would result. While drafting our charter during the first days of the conference, we applied the same principles employed in open-source technology development to this research. We found that we were doing something that we could not find good evidence of before, so we had to give it a name. Since we are open about what we do, and we publish data live, we decided to call it Live Open Science.
Live Open Science (LOS) evolves scientific discovery further from the individual or closed group to the collective. It has an inherent peer review which is democratic and inclusive, and because the whole endeavour is documented and recorded for posterity, the value added by individuals is in the record.
All participants receive recognition for their individual effort and can at the same time feel they are taking part in something that is bigger than them, which can span ages, religion and nationality. The retired can leverage their wealth of experience with the free thinking and catalytic energy of the youth. The willing can participate on an equal footing without prejudice about their appropriateness to the task.
LOS is more human and community building in nature. The ownership is shared and the correctness of the endeavour automatically moderated by the choice, judgement and will of the participants. The understanding and truth in the work is disseminated before work is concluded, thereby ensuring that effort cannot be misunderstood or lost. It fosters better work and makes it more certain that the fruits of that work are secured.
In matters where the outcome of new science could have profound and disruptive effects, such as areas that could give an intense advantage to one segment of humanity, LOS is a vital philosophy that ensures that the benefits of a discovery are realised faster and for the good of all. The process will prevent subjugation and exploitation that can occur when science is restricted to an elite. This will ensure that good science is done for good reasons and the benefits shared. For the people ... By the people.
To this end, it is appropriate that its first wide application is to resolving the mystery of low energy nuclear reactions. This field of scientific work has the potential to yield some of humanities greatest rewards in history, ranging from ending the inequality that stems from energy access disparity, to allowing us to build the elements we need to survive as a species from that which we have access to, and gives us a real prospect of securing diversity of life on earth.
It is fitting that, in a field where the researchers have been derided and ignored for so long, LOS can demonstrate the ability to circumvent the kind of protectionism that has historically so often held discovery back, while at the same time verify the credibility of the efforts of scientific work that may otherwise be repressed because of the power of vested and political interests. In doing so, it can free the ingenuity of man from the ignorance of the strong arm of an elite.
This approach has the potential to disrupt the vicious circle of patent trolling that is killing innovation and serves only the richest that can defend their own. Intellectual property owners are currently discarding or restricting too many innovations that could make our lives better. LOS allows people with relevant patents or a priority filing date to have their inventions tested and exposed widely for applicability sooner, so that the potential benefit and return to the inventor can be realised sooner in a win-win scenario. Often inventors re-invent things only to discover that their time has been wasted because of the challenge of matching ideas with solutions.
To elaborate, we are publishing to the Internet the mechanical and electrical schematics, the experimental protocols, and regular updates including graphs, analysis, pictures and videos, as well as the final paper that will be published into a journal, for everybody to comment and discuss as it proceeds. Most radical is that we are live-broadcasting the measurements and the scientific logbook directly to the Web. To do this, we make use of many of the cutting edge internet collaboration tools and had to create a few of our own.
This is, to our understanding, rather unique, and we have successfully gathered a large part of the scientific community in this specific field to support of our effort. With our audience getting bigger every day, our project is reaching a critical point where we have to scale up our endeavour.
We are being told that several groups are starting research in LENR because of the LOS approach and specifically citing that they are working off designs and discussion on our web platform. In addition, we have seen researchers in the field starting to adopt aspects of LOS, and even say they are willing to share ideas and insight, including proprietary technologies, precisely because we have demonstrated the value of being open.
We are eager to address what is perhaps the most disruptive technology that humankind has faced. Time is critical.
The Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project Team