Richard Branson Talks About Peter Diamandis:
This is from page 229 of Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler: “Demonstrating great ideas always involves a considerable amount of risk. There will always be naysayers. People will always resist breakthrough ideas until the moment they’re accepted as the new norm. Since the road to abundance requires significant innovation, it also requires significant tolerance for risk, for failure, and for ideas that strike most as absolute nonsense. If an idea is truly a breakthrough, then the day before it was discovered, it must have been considered crazy or non-sense or both-otherwise it wouldn’t be a breakthrough.”
I did my best to get our ideas about innovating flight out there before Peter in the brief moment I had. Now we’ll have to see if the message resonates. You can bet I’ll keep you posted. I also had a response from a letter I sent to Robert Love at the University of Florida. It’s posted in the ‘Letters’ section. We agree that novelty and teamwork are critical, though Robert doesn’t go in much for heron suits.
Despite my efforts, the stubborn vision which is so clear to me, eludes many if not most visitors to GBM. I know it will be technically demanding to create, but as Tom and John and others have said elsewhere, all of the pieces are in place. I’ll continue to do what I can to paint a better picture in the coming weeks. Here’s what those two said was okay to post in advance of my meeting with Peter:
From Tom at Daedalus’ Notebook:
Hey Karl, what an awesome opportunity. I envy you the chance to meet such people. This was the kind of chance I’d hoped to use my 3D Man Bird creations for. Other than the stuff I’ve already written on the blog, I don’t know what else to say. From what I have seen of Peter, he seems to be receptive. I guess I’d ask him the one question that always comes to mind, and that is, “If we can build robotic exoskeletons and powered prosthetic arms and legs, can we not also build fully articulated wings on the model of the birds?”
I know that the answer is yes. What I don’t know is how to secure the funding to put together the team to do it.
Good luck and I’ll be very interested to hear what you find out.
And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
And from John at Talos Perdix Ornithopter Design:
If possible, depending on how you judge his openness to unusual ideas, you could ask him if he thought big size flapping wing, personal aircraft, might become a reality one day.
If he responded positively, you could then tell him about our shared dream and ask how we might further the cause, particularly, how we might get the support of a philanthropic sponsor. Perhaps by offering prize money for both a human powered ornithopter that could take-off from the ground and fly say 200 metres; or a powered ornithopter that could also take-off from the ground and fly a set figure of eight course of say 5 miles round trip.
The Royal Aeronautical Society here in the UK ran the Henry Kremer prize money competitions for various human powered fixed wing aircraft flights (mostly since won, by Americans). They have told me they’d be willing to run a similar scheme for flapping wing aircraft if I could find a sponsor.
If you do get the chance, let me know how you got on.
Today has been the kind of day that I’ve long dreamed of. I am thankful for each of you fine friends out there. We will get this bird in the air one day soon and gather heaps of data all the while…