Skipjack wrote:JoeP wrote:I still do not get why one of the silicon valley mega-rich nerds doesn't privately fund this as a project.
They are all green energy liberal tycoon types. You would think they jump at a chance to pioneer an energy system like this. It is a drop in the bucket for some of them. This is why Bussard went to Google in the first place and nothing came of it as far as I know. Instead, you hear of people like Paul Allen trying to buy up sports teams as a private collection for whatever pleasure that gives him.
These are technology nerds, they should grok the possibilities without too much trouble.
Rich investors are generally risk averse.
But seriously, the perspective/context there should be that those millions spent ruling out this particular path would narrow things down closer to actual working fusion. Park, Lerner & co, wouldn't come out of these efforts no wiser. Paul Allen is a fairly extreme case even among the mega-rich, but in his case he could easily pay for LPP and EMC2 on his own, on top of Tri-Alpha.