Brian Ho

President and Founder, HiPoint Software, LLC
Honolulu, HI, United States

About Brian

Bio

BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Hawaii, 1992

I'm passionate about

Electrical Engineering, LENR, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Astronomy, Software programming, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Robotics, Hiking and Backpacking

Comments & conversations

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Brian Ho
Posted 4 months ago
"Consciousness" is a basic "Field" in Physics.
Is consciousness an emergent property that arises from non-conscious components? We are all made of non-conscious atoms but yet we have self-awareness. Either this awareness comes from something beyond our parts or it is an emergent property such that it is true that the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. That said i often wonder if there is a global consciousness - not metaphorically speaking but as real as my own consciousness?
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Brian Ho
Posted 5 months ago
What would you do on your last day to live?
GREAT Question! Especially given the duration is only one day. I will spend the next 24 hours pondering it and then return if I have something worth sharing. But great question nonetheless. ---------------- I didn't need 24 hours...for me the answer is obvious. I would climb into my handicapped sister's crib and spend the time with her. She is my perfect little angel. There is only abundant joy when I'm around her.
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Brian Ho
Posted 6 months ago
NASA LENR Energy is Emergent for Good or Bad
The application of LENR to solve the world's energy problems is one thing (well, one BIG thing) but I am very interested in the application of LENR to aeronautical engineering AND space travel. The high energy density of LENR and I imagine the thrust/fuel ratio is why NASA is so interested in this. Looking forward to what comes out of NASA. [Also curious why SPAWAR stopped LENR after the great research they did. Skeptics will say "see, it doesn't work"! Or maybe instead....]
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Brian Ho
Posted 6 months ago
NASA LENR Energy is Emergent for Good or Bad
Thanks Gregory for introducing LENR to TED Discussions. I look forward to more LENR discussions and participants. I think 2014-2015 will be very interesting times for LENR. In the meantime I am replaying the MIT IAP course again but at a much slower pace so I can take better notes and cross reference what I'm learning. Best wishes!
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Brian Ho
Posted 6 months ago
NASA LENR Energy is Emergent for Good or Bad
5. I would like to know what are the implications of the recent patents awarded to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (awarded in December 2013) and one to U.S. Navy that explicitly mentions LENR as a process to transmute radioactive isotopes into non-radioactive elements - a nuclear process! I have yet to read through them but interested to hear the comments of others. Which brings me to the topic of commercialization. Plainly, if academia refuses to at least consider that LENR is deserving of some additional funding - maybe .5% of the budget that goes towards hot fusion research which even after decades of research is still considered many decades away (don't get me wrong I do consider high energy physics very interesting and these monstrous machines that consume terra-watts of electricity for femtoseconds to oversome the Coulomb barrier are way cool - sorry I mean HOT).... digressing again... then commercialization will determine if LENR will be vindicated. I am very interested in seeing what happens with, among the many enterprises doing more quiet research, Brillouin Energy, Andrei Rossi in Italy (some label him a fraud and a con-man although interestingly Nobel Laureate Brian Josephson thinks there is something of interest with Rossi's E-Cat machine - who by the way is trapped it seems between his invention and the need for openness and his desire to protect his invention in an environment where the USPTO doesn't recognize LENR (except perhaps for Mitsubishi and US Navy mentioned above), the NANOR technology of MIT Mitchell Swartz, Blacklight Power. When these commercial enterprises put their inventions out to 3rd party testing and verification it will be very interesting indeed! I hope the impetus for further LENR research will come from the commercial sector since it seems academia can not or will not deliver.
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Brian Ho
Posted 6 months ago
NASA LENR Energy is Emergent for Good or Bad
4. One of the original experiments to replicate the Pons and Fleischmann effect was done at CalTech and I believe is referenced as a reason why the USPTO does not grant patents for cold fusion (reason: perpetual motion machine although one could say a hot fusion reactor would be considered the same because it too would be self-sustaining - and that's nonsense). It took years of research and months of preparation for P&F to get their experiments to have excess heat and yet it only took one month (albeit from many institutions) to declare LENR, wrong and dead! I think personally they WANTED IT DEAD! There are many things to consider in regard to these experiments and I am only beginning to come to grips with the possible key areas but one area that was missing was how the Palladium had to loaded with Deuterium. Many at the time were content to declare the experiment a failure when their Palladium was loaded to 85% whereas in experiments that came thereafter it was discovered that the Palladium had to loaded to 90+ percent before any excess heat is observed and that anything less then this would generate absolutely no excess heat. And them comes the question of the structure of the Palladium electrodes. Where did they come from - what is their structure? What micro-defects in the rods contributed or removed the ability to generate excess heat? How fast should the deuterium be loaded? Should the current be ramped, modulated, etc. etc. etc. Honestly this is damn interesting!! Where is the joy of science here? Given the effect I would be fascinated to no end to determine what these variables are. It is like being on a mountain top obscured by clouds and only once in a while Mother Nature opens a tiny patch wherein you can see the magnificent valley below. Anyway, I think at SPAWAR they did some LENR research but loaded the palladium via deuterium codeposition since they were impatient and also AS A RESULT got better and consistent results. Continued..
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Brian Ho
Posted 6 months ago
NASA LENR Energy is Emergent for Good or Bad
3, Science works by trial and error - hypothesis, experimentation, results. Theories are created/modified as new research comes in. A successful theory guides scientists into areas of research and a theories "correctness" or utility is enhanced by how much it can explain the current body of observations and PREDICT observations not yet observed. The highly successful nuclear theories have guided nuclear physicists for decades (result fission reactors, nuclear bomb, fusion experiments at National Ignition Facility, ITER, etc.) and so the contradiction with LENR (and I will stay with the more modern term LENR that I happen to I think is in fact a more appropriate term since it seems it is NOT fusion BUT a TYPE of reaction involving nuclear components) - means that LENR MUST BE WRONG. I wonder why in recent times with various LENR theories being circulated (Electron Capture, Widon-Larsen among others) why physicists cannot conceive of alternative (perhaps exotic) non-fusion nuclear pathways that could generate excess heat initiated via a chemical process? I admit at this point it may be I don't properly understand some things but I am willing to express my thoughts and give ammunition for or against LENR! Anway, I am digressing. Science again is advanced through trial and error and we know that it may take hundreds or thousands of experiments (and by many different scientists) to get things right - to have reliable replication and to ensure that all variables are considered and controls implemented. If Pons and Fleischmann got significant excess heat 3 out of 100 times and they knew that their calirometry was set up correctly - and I personally don't doubt that they were quite capable in this regard as electro-chemists - then I think this would be remarkable to anyone indeed! That excitement would drive them to continually ask: why did it work this time but not the other time - what variables are we missing. We know the effect - now consistency... continued...