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Hi @Erin , thanks for your continued interest in this topic.

Thanks for being blunt. Bluntness is good for saving time.

Let me address some things you said:

Pursing this is not useful because, even if you could make a discovery, it would not possibly be useful until literally 100 quintillion years from now

That is simply just not true. If we had infinite energy tomorrow, very soon after that, we could  solve all problems solvable using resources. Let me present a list of stuff we could do very very soon (likely <10 years, extremely likely <100 years):

  1. solve climate change (trivially even!)
  2. solve all basic necesities of people (food, water, clothing, shelter)
  3. solve all non-basic necesities: cars, airplanes, mobile phones, laptops - you name it, we got it
  4. interstellar travel: Yes, people would already be flying to Alpha centauri and lots of other places. They would even reach them in "a few years/months" (a few years for them, but lots of years for us back on Earth)

There is lots of potential here, but I found that if I start talking about all the things that could be done, people are actually 


To think that you could transmit this knowledge that far into future doesn't make any sense.

Based on the refutation above, this point does not stand anymore.

You say that physicists have told you that they are, but do not discount the possibility that they were simply being polite, or that your questions were misinterpreted.

This is an awkward argument to address. Sure, everybody I ever met could be lying, and there's always solipsism. Same argument applies to everyone. I don't think this is a healthy way to continue a conversation - throwing doubt into what people say. It's not healthy compared to an alternative that fortunately enough, we have:

  • I am currently reaching out to more and more physicists, and asking them for their opinion on this. I am posting updates regularly on the discord server that you can find on http://infiniteenergy.org . If you are interested, you'll find there how much physicists are interested in this.
  • If you have any idea of what I would need to show you, so you consider there's enough interest from the science community, I'm all ears. 

Please however let's avoid distrust-based arguments in the future, and let's replace them with data-based arguments. 

I'd avoid them first of all because, being from Eastern Europe, I am not aware of the existence of people who would not call an idea "stupid" right off the bat, instead of being polite, if they had the slightest distrust in it. Am I wrong? Not sure. Am I lying? You can't be sure. So let's let experiments decide :)


I genuinely think it would be a mistake to pursue this idea at all, even from a theoretical perspective, because there is essentially no chance that you are onto something real, that you can make progress on it with the tools available to you, and that you can communicate it so clearly that you will be taken seriously.

@Erin, I can't fight belief. If you believe this idea is wrong, there's not much point in talking. 

Sure, you said "think", not "believe" - taken, however thinking and reason means explanations, justifications, models, and logic. Do you care to justify:

  1. Why you think there's essentially no chance that I'm onto something real
  2. How I would not be able to make progress on it with the tools available to me (the internet is my preffered tool)
  3. That I wouldn't be able to communicate it well enough to be taken seriously
  4. That I won't find other people more capable than me in any of the points above

I understand that this might be a deep emotional backlash. Humans have emotions, yes, unfortunately at times.

I'm however looking for supporters, and there will be only so much time I will spend on arguing with non-supporters. If you don't want to believe that people are interested in this, feel free. If you want to see what actually is happening, check out http://infiniteenergy.org 

It kind of feels like all I have so far was said. I don't have more data at this point to get you more toward "omg, this might be possible after all", but I am eager to hear your arguments, that might get me more toward "omg, this might actually not be possible" - as they say in startups: "negative feedback is the best kind of feeback".


Thanks for your feedback!

Hi Guy,

Thanks for your answer.

Given that empirical science cannot ever conclusively prove anything, you may never find a physicist to tell you that it isn't possible. But there's no reason to think that it is possible. Compare to Russell's Teapot.

We don't know whether this is possible. You are the only one to make the choice between:

  • so we shouldn't try to find out
  • so we should try to find out

Pascal's wager and oppotunity cost madness ensues thereafter. However, maybe I'm blindspotted, but I can't find a better topic to bet on - would solve all problems solvable with resources.

I don't think I can find a non-emotional way to convince people to switch from we should not search to we should search (for infinite energy). 

Addressing rationally (but it's not clear how reason can change values/emotions) :

  1. there's a big difference in the impact of Russel's teapot and infinite energy. One is irrelevant, the other is extremely relevant
  2. 2000 years ago, there was no reason to think that it would be possible to get to the moon or have mobile phones. The universe isn't obliged to respect human intuitions.
  3. True, there's at this point no clear reason to think this is possible 
    1. well except energy possibly not being conserved in general relativity - I can't tell if there's a consensus on this topic or not at this point - crazy! 
    2. Also, fundamentally because something exists (rather than nothing), some hope exists that there's arbitrarily more of this "something". Why would existence necesarily be constrained to a finite quantity?
  4. However, the impact of infinite energy, to me, seems high enough to require some serious research on the topic. The current times also leave a lot of gaps, where we can try to find infinite energy:
    1. quantum mechanics and relativity are incompatible with each other
    2. relativity itself is failing (dark energy vs dark matter clearly show we don't understand what happens in ~95% of the universe). Dark matter can explain some things but not others, modified gravity explains others, but not some.
    3. the big bang at t=0 possibly violates conservation of energy


Comparison to Pascal's wager is an interesting point. Sounds like it makes sense to some extent. I am not 100% certain though that the one could fundamentally boil down the infinite energy problem to Pascal's wager, because: 

  •  I am not certain if we can even talk about 
    • how many gods there are
    • and how compatible they are with one another
    • how many of them could be real at the same time
  • whereas science pretty much converged on very few ways to look at the world
    • and especially on the concept of energy - it is present in all the major theories of physics (at least to my knowledge)


So in a way, the infinite energy idea is at the very least more like a Pascal's wager, where there seem to be far fewer gods.


But ultimately, this is an emotional issue. It is very similar to climate change in this regard, just more abstract, further away, and with higher payoffs.

Hey Guy, thanks for your feedback.

I might be wrong on this, but the way I understand probability to work is that, generally:

  • if event A has probability P(A)
  • and if event B has probability P(B)
  • then the probability of both A and B to happen is P(A) * P(B)

What this means, is that technically:

  • The existence of supernatural beings, with personalities, and specific traits AND the power "to do anything they want" is at most equal to the possibility for an endless source of energy to exist

simply on the basis that more constraints make the probability of the event smaller.


The interesting point however is that I have found (so far) no physicist that says this is not possible.

I have also not found anyone yet who knows how to estimate the effort so far.


I would be very interested however if there are arguments against this position.


And I'd be even more interested in people who want to help me with this initiative :D Arguments are nice, but making progress is better! 

Hi Erin,

Thanks for your explanations of what likely is the issue regarding disagreement here. I appreciate it that you spent some time to shed light here, because feedback is important to me.

I knew about Isaac Arthur, I'm trying to reach out to him and his community as we speak.

I'd try to add some clarrifications, hoping I adress the concerns of those people that seemed to be in disagreement with my idea.

I find it quite surprising that people concerned with the long-term welfare of humanity seem to be against my idea.

If there are genuine arguments against my position, I'd totally be open to hear it - maybe indeed there's something wrong with my idea.

However I can't find a way to get rid of these points (I think this is philosophy)

  • Sure, investing more than 0 effort into this initiative, takes away from other efforts
  • The faster we reach this goal, the faster we can make tremendous improvements in peoples' lives
  • If we delay this for long enough, society might not be in such a state as to afford doing this kind of research (society might also be in a better position, but I'm more concerned about


Regarding viability:

  • I don't know how much effort must be invested into this initiative, in order to achieve its goals 
  • I don't know if this is possible (Though through my own expertise, and the expertise of 11 physicists out of which at least 4 are physics professors, this goal does not seem impossible to reach)


Framing in "What we owe the future" terms:

  • Contingency: I'd give it 3/5 because
    • 1 would be something obvious to everyone
    • 2 would be obvious to experts
    • 3 would be obvious to experts, but there would be cultural forces against it. William MacAskill talks about "cultural lock-in". I think science is in such kind of a situation today. You might have heard of issues such as "publish or perish" ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publish_or_perish ). There's also the taboo created because of similarities with "perpetual motion machines".
  • Persistence: 5/5.  It's realistic we could lose access to this, but if we don't, then this in conceivably the most persistent thing possible (comparable to the death of all sentient beings, this is the other extreme)
  • Significance: 5/5 - Hard to imagine something more significant than the ability to literally give everyone every thing they want or need (not "everything" but "every thing", because you can't give them human slaves, or make other people their friends, if those other people disagree)


So if my points are correct, we basically have a tradeoff between:

  • Invest less in more concrete initiatives and
  • Risk losing eternal bliss for an infinity of people

This is a genuine dylema, I don't have the answer to it, but my intuition tells me that we should invest more than 0 effort in this goal.


@Erin, or others:

Do you have any other idea where I should take this problem? As said, I'm trying to reach out to Isaac Arthur and many other people. Do you think this would be interesting for William MacAskill?


Thanks a lot,

Vlad A.

Hi all, I'm Vlad, 35, from Romania. I've been working in software engineering for 12 years. I have a bachelor's and master's degree in Physics.

I'm here because I read "What we owe the future", after it was recommended to me by a friend.

I got the book recommended to me because I had an idea which is a little unconfortable for some people, but I think this idea is extremely important, and this friend of mine instantly classified my thoughts as "a branch of long-termism". I also think my idea is extremely relevant to this group, and I'm interested in getting feedback about it.

Context for the  idea: Long-termism is concerned about people as far into the future as possible, up to the end of the universe.

The idea: ...what if we can make it so there doesn't have to be an end? If we had a limitless source of energy, there wouldn't have to be an end. Not only that, but we could make a lot of people very happy (like billions of billions of billions .....of billions of them? a literal infinity of them even)


It sounds crazy, I realize, but my best knowledge on this topic says this:

  • We know that we don't know all the laws of the universe
  • Even the known laws kind of have a loop-hole in them. Energy is supposed to be conserved, but we don't necessarily know how much energy exists out there - if an infinite amount exists, we can both use it, and conserve it
  • I received feedback from a few physicists already, none of them said that infinite energy is clearly impossible - just that we don't know how we could get it


So my conclusion is: some amount of effort into the topic of infinite energy should be invested. 


Is anyone interested in talking about this? I can show you what I have so far.


P.S. fusion is not a source of infinite energy, but merely a source of energy potentially far better than most others we know

P.P.S. I created this website for the initiative: https://github.com/vladiibine/infinite-energy

This book contains studies of poor people, how they spend their money, and what could help them the most: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10245602-poor-economics?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=3qdox2Dpdo&rank=1