Update at end [new video]
Often the centre of LENR speculation, National Instruments has been promoted as Rossi’s best buddy all the way through to an indifferent company simply trying to sell their wares to anyone who wants them. A new video has just surfaced from NI Week, where cofounder, President and CEO, James Truchard indirectly puts some meat on the bone.
Talking of 21st Century systems design and the evolution of NI tools to facilitate it, he mentions a couple of examples in passing but, in a 17 minute talk he spends a full three of them at the end on only one – giving the apparent impression of a history of instrumentation design that has been leading up to this single important work – cold fusion. I have little doubt that this was not the intention – indeed, he importantly says that they do not judge, they only measure – implying the very thing many hardened sceptics try to point out. It would take a determined person however, not to land somewhere in between. It seems certain to me that NI (perhaps through Truchard’s personal interest) is keenly involved with cold fusion and has used this platform to publicly associate the company name alongside it. At very least, he must see a business opportunity here and perhaps this reflects our suspicion that many researchers are beginning to take the subject seriously enough to spend hard cash on the instrumentation. My bet is that it goes some way beyond this but that is a mere hunch.
I don’t think we can draw any conclusions regarding the eCat or Hyperion but cold fusion is definitely an important subject for National Instruments.
The following is a rough transcript of the relevant part (from 15 minutes on). Any errors are mine:
If we look at one area where National Instruments has been involved since 1989 – is cold fusion. This is a very controversial subject… and in 1989 we were looking for… eh..working with some of these Edisons. We offered everyone who wanted to prove that it existed a copy of Labview and everyone who wanted to prove it didn’t exist, a copy of Labview… And as far as I know, only the ones who wanted to prove it actually took us up on the offer. So, we actually did an App Note on how to do cold fusion with Labview so, we’ve been there all along in this very controversial area.
Most recently…, a lot has happened since then. Grimshaw did his masters thesis at LBJ’s School of Public Policy – viewed as fairly neutral – saying that he had found 184 examples of positive experiments in this area. And he recommended that public policy support research in this area. We have also been working with Labview over the years… many of these Edisons in their basements and their closets… their laboratories at the back of their yards to continue this research. We actually have a demonstration of Dr Celani’s work from the Italian Nuclear Institute on the showroom floor. I’m actually recommending a different name.. that one has been tarnished over the years. Maybe we should call it quantum reactor. That’s the name often used in science fiction movies.
So, on the showroom floor, we have a demo and we have a panel of some of the select researchers that have been working in this area for the last 20 years including Professor Hagelstein from MIT who has worked on some 282 theories on how it works. His latest one he thinks is his best one, so check that out. In the experimental process in this case, it has kind of been stuck at the first step of observation. So our goal in life is to make sure these Edisons can move on through the process, get the measurements they need, have the capability they need in a graphical system design to solve these really, really important problems as we go forward.
So, it is about graphical system design where the inventor can choose whatever subject… We say…we don’t judge, we measure. The user has a lot of choice in what they do in the graphic system design and ofr both design and test, doing it ever faster and more ably as we see from the many, many examples…
[With thanks to Akira Shirakawa on Vortex]
Dr. Rob Duncan [U of Missouri] and Greg Morrow [NI] discuss anomalous heat effect, revealing some of the work NI has been doing. Once again, we get the impression of a company committed to working in this space because they believe it important.
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