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Open Letter on LOS [UPDATE#1 - LOS Posters]

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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

UPDATE#1 - LOS Posters

Here is the final version of the poster that we presented at ICCF18.  (click each image for the full size pdf file)


0 #19 Mason 2013-08-01 09:20
Quoting Robert Ellefson:

I'm not hating on you here, I'm just arguing a point :-)
. . . . I hope this gives you some idea of the evolving, open, and inclusive nature of our organization's discussions! . . . .

Wow. Thank you for the lesson in MFMP argumentation. I'm glad you only had words available . . . you stood your ground and "Zimmer'd" me.

I hope you are easier on the lab equipment. :lol:
-1 #18 Robert Ellefson 2013-08-01 03:39
Quoting Mason:
@R Ellefson#11
I apologize if my words somehow implied that MFMP is looking to take others IP.

@Mason: No apologies needed! In fact, I regret leaving you with the impression that you offended me in some way. I'm not at all offended by your arguments, nor do I ascribe the rhetorical devices I employed in my argument to your expressed ideas.

I'm not hating on you here, I'm just arguing a point :-)

You apparently have noticed that statements or arguments put forth by individual members of the MFMP are not always in perfect synchrony; I hope this gives you some idea of the evolving, open, and inclusive nature of our organization's discussions! Your voice is welcome here too.
0 #17 Mason 2013-07-31 23:29
@R Ellefson#11

I apologize if my words somehow implied that MFMP is looking to take others IP. To read the Open Letter and conclude MFMP is going to be an IP pirate does not stand to reason.

'Litigation' is a hot button. I was focusing on the preparatory effort to establish a legally defensible position which supports the mission of MFMP as stated in the Open Letter. This is was Robert Greenyer, Bob, and Ryan Hunt are discussing in this thread: the rationale underlying the legal framework to support the long term goals of MFMP. (I am understanding these to include: the protection of LOS intellectual capital having practical value, protection of this capital's access to market as the technology evolves, and protection of the growth and maintenance of the MFMP foundation.)

Sadly, in the face of a $5Trillion industry, said to be 10% of the global economy, some of those eager to capitalize on the movement from 'old' to 'new' may choose to play 'dirty tricks'. And, regrettably, a license only has the value of the paper it is printed on if there is no intent, will, or follow through to defend MFMP's repository of shared intellectual capital.

Regarding Tragedy of the Commons, it has been used as a metaphor in political philosophy. It helps to explain humanity's creation of laws and institutions whose purpose is the protection of the Public Good, like the fire department, police department, public education, the military, the courts, etc. IMHO and to paraphrase, I laud MFMP's stated purpose to defend 'Shared Intellectual Capital for Critical Practical Solutions' as a Public Good. And I support what the LOS outlines as the benefits of protecting LENR as a Public Good.

Again, my apologies for any misunderstandin g I created. I deeply believe in the full scope of what you Open Letter describes.
0 #16 charlie tapp 2013-07-31 19:34
this is the stuff rossi,defkalion ,and blacklight are dealing with and why it is takeing so long (probably) we are not heading that direction are we? who cares lets figure out how it works first then deal with that.or else nothing will be disclosed openly for fear of law suits or some one else building something and sueing. or stealing an idea and sueing, or loesing out on a patent that can make money. my objective here is to find out how it works, not that i wouldnt build one for my own home but ever since i was a little kid and thought of a motor running a generator running a motor and they told me i cant do it it wont work i have been expierementing non stop. following this websight has brought that little kid back to me. i would hate for everything that is open for me to look at went away like the other guys.oh ya i need an adress for hugnet to send davey device i would love to watch you guys put it to rest for me.
0 #15 bob 2013-07-31 19:29
A wealth of licence ideas here creativecommons.org

This licence in particular looks promising:

Still not clear if it could be made to apply to ideas and or stuff.
0 #14 bob 2013-07-31 19:07
@Ryan Yes it certainly is the crux. The closest open source effort to MFMP is the Open Source Ecology group http://opensourceecology.org/ in so much as they are inventing stuff. Their licence is at: http://freedomdefined.org/Definition Best I can tell this licence doesn't really deal with derivative products like the GPL does nor does it explicitly induce a "give to get" mentality.
0 #13 Ryan Hunt 2013-07-31 18:44
@bob - How to enshrine that "give to get" mentality is the crux of this, isn't it? The goal of any license should be to encourage that.
0 #12 bob 2013-07-31 17:15
@Ryan#2 I agree that the public web disclosure will constitute prior art and should prevent others from patenting the MFMP work. This may prove effective enough to address the stealing of intellectual property that we collectively develop. What it won't do in my opinion is prevent others from using our technology base as a jumping off place without any obligation to give back any advances they make. This is the fundamental difference between a GPL and a BSD (or even a creative commons) licence.

The investible angle is trickier still. Many players make lots of money with GPL licenced software. What they can't make money on, however, is hording the software source code. Our case will be similar. Players will have to make money building, distributing and servicing real products which incorporate the new fire. They won't be able to make money gathering and licencing the underlying intellectual property. As long as no one can ever own the MFMP intellectual property and the access to that knowledge pool is entirely level for all participants, I believe there will be a compelling case for such businesses contributing LENR R&D to the pool. As soon as we "tinker" with that principle and allow special member privileges to make the intellectual property investible the whole house will come down in my opinion. Somehow we have to enshrine the "give to get" mentality.
0 #11 Robert Ellefson 2013-07-31 17:00
I have no intention of preparing for litigation, personally. If we are infringing on the valid intellectual property of anybody, then we will certainly be responsive to any request to cease using that IP. We are not pirates, and do not intend to do anything to even suggest inappropriate use of private property.

As for asserting our own litigation against parties infringing on our IP, I do not see the point of doing this. Once we publish our inventions, they are by default thereafter in the public domain unless we have taken a series of time-consuming and expensive steps to patent them. Why should we patent them, exactly, when the whole point is to give them away? The tragedy of the commons is based on scarcity of a shared commodity, such as the actual grass growing on the "commons" ground itself, which is an inherently limited resource. The ability to copy the technologies we publish would only be limited by private parties asserting ownership of those technologies. As long as they don't actually own the technologies in question, because we have established prior art, then they have no case. I know from personal experience that malicious litigation extracts the cost of a defense even from the innocent. What more, specifically, do you think we should do to protect against malicious litigation other than clearly establishing prior art? Once we start paying lawyers to chase down every conceivable avenue of preemption, we have already started losing the game before an opponent has started playing it!
0 #10 Mason 2013-07-31 16:15
Being a new LENR believer, I enjoyed reading your LOS. It is a challenge to put together an organization that considers access to the scientific process as well as the practical inventions as being a "Public Good" which must be protected FOR ALL.

A big challenge, IMHO, is facing the reality you must use the tools of the same civilization with the elite you describe. One path has already been developed with LINUX and the creative commons license.

From my experience in working with IP attorneys in court, you must be prepared for litigation from the VERY Beginning. This means that when you are ready with your basic framework, when you TRULY know the details of what you are protecting, set your appointment with an extremely solid IP attorney for patents and inventions, and develop your legal documentation, contracts, and associated supporting administrative process.

Do it correctly now and you will save yourself from being caught in simple preventable mistakes. You will need to save your energy and resources for all the challenges and dirty tricks that will likely come from those who condemn your perspective and look to maintain the status quo. You must prepare well to prevent another "Tragedy of the Commons". They certainly have.

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