“Like I said ladies and gentlemen… the greatest discovery since fire… for the first time in human history the power of the Sun has been brought down to the surface of planet Earth… not a just a technological revolution in clean, unlimited and EXPLOSIVE energy derived from the hydrogen atom, but also in chemical compounds, electron ‘orbitality’, synthetic materials with vast array of properties… a new understanding of atomic structure, biology and chemistry, proteins, biological molecules, drugs and genetics, gravity and potentially anti-gravity, the Universe… … erm… well… the possibilities are endless!” ;D
Shin Bet security agency to open a second accelerator program with Tel Aviv University for entrepreneurs with promising tech in AI, cybersecurity, fintech and robotics
Israel’s security agency, the Shin Bet, is calling on startups to join an accelerator program it has set up with the venture arm of the Tel Aviv University in its bid to tap into new technologies ranging from artificial intelligence to cybersecurity to fintech.
This is the second accelerator program run by the secret service together with TAU ventures, after it selected seven Israeli startups earlier this year mainly in the field of artificial intelligence. In the new program, for which entrepreneurs can register until December 30, nine startups in various stages of development will be selected, in the fields of AI, cybersecurity, fintech and robotics.
The program is intended for early entrepreneurs who have proof of technological feasibility for their products and are not necessarily for the defense market. The startups will be chosen by a joint committee of professionals from the Shin Bet and TAU Ventures, and will receive a $50,000 grant from the security agency, without requesting equity or other restrictions in return.
“Following the success of the first program we have decided to deepen our collaboration with TAU ventures, to unveil additional technologies in different verticals,” said Nadav Argaman, the Shin Bet chief, in a statement. “We believe in the strength of Israel’s technology industry, in its entrepreneurs and its extraordinary capabilities and their products, which are already affecting the capabilities of the Shin Bet and its activities in safeguarding the nation.”
The startups that will take part in the program will benefit from mentoring by technology and other experts in the agency as well as Tel Aviv University. The companies will also be able to test out their technologies within the framework of the agency and get feedback.
As security threats multiply — both in the real and virtual spheres — Israel’s security agencies, the Shin Bet and the Mossad, have been stepping out of the shadows and seeking collaborations with the private sector.
The Shin Bet did not say whether it used or invested in any of the seven startups it selected for the previous accelerator program. “The Shin Bet cannot say what technologies it uses, but is definitely interested in some of the technologies” that took part in the program, it said in a text message.
“According to Elena Donets, CEO at StarTau, Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Center, what sets Israeli entrepreneurs apart from the rest is this rare quality of audacity or, as it is spelled in Hebrew, ‘ḥutspâ'” (Chutzpa and 6 things you should know about the Israeli startup ecosystem) “Do not be polite and keep quiet. We Israelis are not polite, and entrepreneurs should not be polite,” 😀
“Can Israel succeed where others have failed? Against big energy the lone inventor or small company has no chance. But they too, like Goliath, have their vulnerabilities. There is more than one way to reverse the odds and win. It would be quite something if tiny Israel could neutralize the Arab Oil Weapon and free all humanity from enslavement to big energy. Israel has more than enough technical capability to accomplish this once the leadership can understand the potential.” – Bertram Cohen
“Second, given the current situation with global terror funded by Arab oil money, this book should interest political wonks as well as science geeks. The author never touches this particular implication of long-term defunding of terrorism by abandoning oil, but astute readers will see it immediately.” – Luke Setzer
“And Iran can fuck off an all! In terms of its oil export oil blackmail, threatening the Strait Of Hormuz and it’s ‘peaceful’ nuclear energy programme” – Danny Hurley
“Of fuck off England… until you promise to come out of fantasy La La Land… you’re not even playing!” 😀 (If it was up them we’d all still be burning coal and using steam engines, one hundred years later still with a Monarchy, thinking they have an Empire to rule… cuckoo!)
Israel’s energy future is currently following two paths. One path is to develop the large oil and gas fields located off shore. The second is to develop oil-free energy technologies. But the path with the most potential, by far, is a third path. It is not yet on the Israeli agenda because that path remains overlooked, underestimated and may also appear too futuristic. Trying to alert Israeli energy officials to this message, only with emails from America, has proven too difficult for me. The purpose of this paper is to find an Israeli volunteer(s) willing to be my informed messenger(s) to reach Israeli energy officials, more directly.
After identifying the first two energy paths, this paper will focus on the third path.
1. New oil and gas fields
The recent discovery of huge oil and gas fields off shore enables Israel to become energy independent and earn income from energy exports. Developing these fields is expensive and can also raise political tensions with Turkey and Lebanon which also have made territorial claims. Israel’s adversaries, who profit from their oil and gas, will still be earning huge incomes to continue funding their hostility.
2. Oil-free energy – certainly helpful but still short of the ideal solution.
EV & Energy Storage, Oil-Free Business to Business Initiatives
Conference at Daniel Hotel, Herzelia, Israel – Wednesday, 30/05/2012
The event is also a part of the “2nd Israeli Power Sources Conference” (Batteries, Fuel cells and EV) Solar is another oil-free energy source.
PM Netanyahu’s important energy announcement. Israel to Invest NIS 2B in Alternative Fuels 20 September 2010
At this week’s Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a new NIS 2 Billion initiative to develop alternative fuels, calling it a “national goal of the highest importance.”
3. The third path – Advanced energy technologies for an energy revolution
This category is, by far, the most advanced but it remains largely unknown. This third category represents entire families of advanced energy technologies which: consume no fuel; produce no emissions; are nearly cost free; are totally safe and produce unlimited energy on demand. They are scalable from huge industrial and community size down to a home and car size. This is NOT perpetual motion but free energy similar to wind and solar which also produces free energy. The electric grid would no longer be needed along with its added costs and its vulnerabilities to disruption by nature or by man. This category can totally eliminate oil for energy along with eliminating natural gas, coal and nuclear energy.
An attempted breakthrough – In early 2009 a group of top scientists with the Orion Project sent an urgent memorandum to Obama, and the entire congress, proposing to develop one of these advanced energy technologies in 18 months. There has been no official response to this day.
However, there was an unofficialresponse. The scientists received anonymous phone calls threatening them. Fearing for their safety, they resigned.
We have the prospect of advanced energy technologies that can transform the world but every attempt to do so is blocked by the powerful special interests.
Without the suppression we would have been free of oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear power many years ago. Iran would have no oil income and no pretext claiming to seek nuclear power. The center of energy suppression appears to be the U.S. government which also appears to exercise a global reach. To placate the American public the government spends billions researching conventional energy while allowing only limited progress. This creates the illusion that there is freedom to invent. Meanwhile big energy still dominates 80% of the U.S. energy market with little prospect of significant change in the foreseeable future. Allowing a single breakthrough would bankrupt the entire global energy establishment. This is why no one is allowed to succeed.
The potential of advanced energy is revolutionary. Global energy costs would decline dramatically and free up massive capital for economic improvement. Everyone would have access to cheap energy. Cheap energy would reduce the cost to desalinate the oceans. Cheap water plus cheap energy means growing more local food at lower cost thereby reducing dependence on imports. More national self-sufficiency for energy, water and food reduces three major causes for conflict. Eliminating fossil fuels would dramatically reduce CO2 greenhouse emissions. Everyone wins except the energy barons and the special interests. The internet contains voluminous information about various breakthrough energy technologies, patent numbers, individual inventors, and how governments collude with special interests. The suppression is aided by a media blackout. Successful suppression depends on their never failing. We need to win only once and they are destroyed.
Can Israel succeed where others have failed? Against big energy the lone inventor or small company has no chance. But they too, like Goliath, have their vulnerabilities. There is more than one way to reverse the odds and win. It would be quite something if tiny Israel could neutralize the Arab Oil Weapon and free all humanity from enslavement to big energy. Israel has more than enough technical capability to accomplish this once the leadership can understand the potential.
What is needed now – It is difficult to write directly to Israeli energy officials, offering an unfamiliar, futuristic-sounding story, and be taken seriously. I already tried. What is needed now is an informed messenger in Israel. He or she would be fully briefed by me and then be prepared to approach Israeli energy officials directly. Technical expertise is not required.
It is urgent to move now. Even the announcement of an early breakthrough will start collapsing the oil market, diminishing Iran’s oil revenues and ending the pretext of their needing nuclear power.
The writer is a retired engineer with long term interests in the environment, alternative energy systems, advanced energy technologies and the ever present politics of energy.
Objectivists should read this book for two reasons. First, the author traces the ill effects of Immanuel Kant through the centuries to contemporary science. Second, given the current situation with global terror funded by Arab oil money, this book should interest political wonks as well as science geeks. The author never touches this particular implication of long-term defunding of terrorism by abandoning oil, but astute readers will see it immediately. This book review is also posted on Amazo.
For decades, Dr. Randell Mills has flummoxed both supporters and detractors with his dogged determination not only to prove the existence of a new state of hydrogen, the hydrino, but also to harness its power for the betterment of the human condition. I have followed the hydrino story since initially encountering it in a Mensa Bulletin letter in the late 1990s. Brett Holverstott, whose “scientific realism” philosophy should resonate with Objectivists, first caught word of Mills via a Webzine article entitled “The John Galt of Quantum Mechanics?” that I published about Mills at The Daily Objectivist on December 1, 1999. As a very young man, Holverstott found himself intrigued not only by the new science, but also by the controversy and politics centered on it. The intrigue motivated him to pursue a dual degree in chemistry and physics at Reed College in Oregon while occasionally referring to Mills’s massive tome, The Grand Unified Theory of Classical Quantum Mechanics, for contrast and insight against his classroom textbooks.
After three years of undergraduate school, Holverstott had the privilege of working directly for Mills as a laboratory science intern for 18 months in the mid-2000s, and continued to work remotely in subsequent years on the Millsian molecular modeling software. The experience left him firmly convinced of the reality of the hydrino, its motivating theory of classical physics on all scales, its more deeply underlying philosophical view of scientific realism, and the value of entrepreneurship. In fact, these last two discernments so moved Holverstott that he changed majors to philosophy, completed a thesis on scientific realism to graduate, and then completed graduate school in architecture to achieve his current career in that field. This total immersion of the author over his formative adult years into the Mills saga gives the author excellent grounding for a lucid, exhaustively researched, directly experiential story about Mills and his work.
Although Mills has for many years posted his ever-growing tome at no charge on the Web site of his company, Brilliant Light Power, most lay readers will find it far too dense to follow. This book by Holverstott offers a superb overview, in accessible language, of the salient points of the theory and its supporting experiments and empirical data. In addition, the biographical aspects of Mills as shared from the perspectives of the man himself and those who know him illuminate the motives behind his endless drive and boundless energy.
While Holverstott clearly admires Mills, he never makes the mistake of slipping into sycophantic adulation for the man. Mills has gained notoriety over many years for excessively optimistic forecasts of commercial viability of his discoveries, only to have projected milestones come and go with no product in sight. Holverstott justifiably takes Mills to task for this and other marketing blunders that only further provoke critics to blast him with any number of epithets ranging from incompetent to self-deluded to fraud. Holverstott assures the reader that he never saw any direct evidence of any of these, but understands how critics can see Mills posture himself in ways that leave him vulnerable to such attacks.
Between 2000 and 2010, with assistance from other fans of Mills, I formed and ran the Hydrino Study Group discussion list mentioned occasionally in the book. My initial vision in 2000 was for supporters and detractors to reach a civilized exchange and eventual agreement within about six months. Much as with the overly optimistic projections of Mills, my own projections failed to come to fruition even with a greatly extended timeline. As Holverstott notes repeatedly in his book, established scientists are human, and humans resist change. So the arguments generally circled endlessly and went nowhere, though both sides wished to continue debating even after I repeatedly asked if a list split would suit all better. After ten years, the other moderators and I found better things to do and closed the forum. Fortunately for interested parties, Mills participates in his own discussion forum, the Society for Classical Physics, available at no charge on his company Web site. Expect no critics tolerated there, however.
I currently cross my fingers without holding my breath that the SunCell in 2017 will indeed prove itself the “smoking gun” Mills has long sought to demonstrate at last the truth of the hydrino on a wide scale. A clean, cheap, limitless, decentralized power source will solve a myriad of current problems facing the human species. A cogent, reality-oriented physical theory will solve many others.