7 Decisions to Developing Non-Traditional Technologies

This blog post comes out of the discussion that I had with Anonymous on my Lifeboat Foundation blog post about Real Scientist Working in the Field of Propulsion Physics (see the comments).

Anonymous was working on a ‘gravity wheel’ that was nearing completion. He had also indicated that he was working on both planet-based travel and interstellar travel. He wanted to know whether to publish his work now or wait until he had completed his planet-based gravity wheel. Here was my advice:

Assuming that what you are proposing works let me try to address your comments and questions in a manner that would be helpful to others, too, who have chosen a non-traditional approach in their field of endeavor.

First, you have to ask yourself, do you want to make money for yourself (& your associates)  or do you want to place some or all of your knowledge into public domain. If you choose the second option you could risk losing recognition for your work, because if and when people realize that you are correct, a lot of people will jump in.

Second, what would you publish? Some of your work or all of it? The point is, can you figure out how much to publish to receive recognition for your work, while giving yourself the opportunity to form a team to make money from your own work, if the first is the option you choose? You need to recognize that if you are correct, then something like this would eventually require team work – also sometimes called a company or research lab.

Third, bear in mind that the word ‘nearing’ has different meanings to different people. To a theorist ‘nearing’ could mean several decades at best while to an engineer it could mean several months at worst. Why don’t you complete your gravity wheel technology and demonstrate it?

Fourth, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Interstellar travel is whole different ball game then planet-based travel. Take it one step at a time. Complete one thing at a time. Build a track record of your accomplishments.

Fifth, stay disciplined & build credibility. Use scientific and engineering language, only. Avoid mentioning aliens, UFOs or other such terms. The language you use reflects strongly on your scientific & engineering rigor. Your paper(s)  are not likely to be accepted for publication if you do not demonstrate scientific &/or engineering rigor. Bear in mind that for something non-traditional, the peer review process can be very difficult for the author. So can you persevere?

Sixth, (I didn’t want to say this earlier)  if you want to raise funds for your technology, you need recognition i.e. you need to publish in peer reviewed journals or conferences. That is, the more established professionals in your field are giving you a vote of confidence that you may have something important to say. That is all. The rest is up to you.

Seventh, if you have met or decided on the previous six recommendations, stay focused on what you are doing and not on what other people say. Many will wax & wane, hot and cold. Many will come and go. If you are correct stay your course.


Benjamin T Solomon is the author & principal investigator of the 12-year study into the theoretical & technological feasibility of gravitation modification, titled An Introduction to Gravity Modification, to achieve interstellar travel in our lifetimes. For more information visit iSETI LLC, Interstellar Space Exploration Technology Initiative


About Benjamin Solomon
Ben Solomon is a Committee Member of the Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion Technical Committee, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), and author of An Introduction to Gravity Modification and Super Physics for Super Technologies: Replacing Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger & Einstein (with Kindle Version)

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