Re: Let the Hype Begin!

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Wed Jan 10 2001 - 17:56:38 MST

Brian Atkins wrote:
> I think all this is pretty doubtful.. Stirling engines are not what I would
> call a "mass consumer" product, which is supposedly what IT is. And as you
> see, it is not a secret they are working on that.
> And it also doubtful that it is anything like the hockey puck thing that
> would require new city infrastructure even before it could be used. The
> article states they expect this to be the most successful startup in history
> within its first year- can't do that if you have to build new highways first.
> I am sticking with either personal telepresence robot, or maybe some kind
> of personal helicopter. I don't think it can be any kind of normal ground
> transport since that doesn't solve the existing traffic problems in cities.

Ah, but if the sterling engine depends on an anal probe to use the human
body as a heat source, we're talking motor-scooters through better
digestion... ;-)

I'm wondering if its possible to make a human powered helicopter....

I don't see how a telepresence robot would mean
restructuring/redesigning communities.

Perhaps, considering his experience in medical and electronic devices,
its an actual, practical, mind/pc interface technology?

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