So there’s been a lot noise around whether a guy is an inventor or not. A huge crowd came to the comments section of the story – Trolls and good people alike, they screamed. “He can’t have invented anything! How dare he compare himself to Elon Musk!” a half of the crowd’s been shouting angrily. The other is not helping matters at all, having given up all debate to religion “With the Christian God, anything is possible!”
The curious few have ofcourse been left wondering what exactly is going on. Here are my brief thoughts on the matter.
- If Maxwell won’t say how his new invention works and chooses to leave it all to “God gave me the blueprints” then what exactly is he trying to achieve with this campaign? Get investors? What investor puts money in a scientific research project based on “God told me to…” Yes, I know to the Man of Faith, this approach is heathen and I’m sorry, but on this one even God would love that you show us the scientific proof because it may actually be new science.
- We need to stop this attitude of not wanting proof in the science preferring instead to leave it at just “God did it for us”. God gave us amazing brains so that we can think up new stuff to improve our lives. Science builds on science, it doesn’t defy it inexplicably. You may know the words of one inventor and futurist, Charles Clarke, who said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”.
- The science is what’s going to get this invested in if it’s worth it. Besides, if not based on the science, what happens to the foolish investor if Max falls out of favour with his God? Dreaming finito, let’s all go home, the connection’s lost?
- To follow the money a bit here; is investment the reason the media was called to cover this? If not, then what exactly was the motivation of this move? Why now? Why call journos to show them drones, a car and copters only to clarify later (after being called out) that these were just bought off Alibaba and that they’re not the deal? Why did the media need to believe that you had made those things?
- And why the comparison against Tesla’s stuff. If we’re going to compare then we should go into spec details and demonstrate the science at work that proves this. Say: this is what Tesla’s technology does (it’s open source btw) and now watch what our technology does. Spec by spec. Just saying “our car” is better than a Tesla is useless to anyone trying to understand what you thing is, since, really, it’s not even the car that’s the point right? It’s the generator that runs on nothing.
- In fact, how hard is it, without even disclosing the technology behind the power, to just take it to the UZ engineering department and have the car run under test conditions (locked warehouse where car wheels spin as they would on the road) for a 3 week non-stop? If it doesn’t need any fuel, then there’s nothing to lose right? And maybe we can have the scientists say “We have no idea how it’s doing this but we checked and it’s running without fuel or ordinary battery for thousands of miles non-stop!”
- The videos don’t help either. They just say the car is the result of a blueprints given to Max by God in dreams and that’s it. More inspirational and religion than invention. What is Zimbabwe supposed to do with this?
- I have no idea if he's onto something or not, but so far all this doesn't make any sense. For the world's sake, and for Zimbabwe's sake, I'd like to be proven wrong. I'd like to one day realise that he was just a misunderstood genius who created a world changing tool and that maybe it's all these men of faith around him that were confusing the message.
- That aside. Arguing that this guy can't invent anything because he's Zimbabwean, is not Elon Musk, is not Einstein, is black, is not educated and all other such nonsense should understand another of Clarke's lines: "Witchcraft to the ignorant, ... simple science to the learned"