Thanks to Rhaomi's posting on the webchat Gabbly, many of us tonight got to speak with Sean about upcoming events at Steorn. Discussions like these make me question the possibility of this being a scam. An anonymous user posted the whole transcript in a comment on this blog in an earlier post, but I've pulled out Sean's highlights. Note that I've corrected some grammatical errors so it's easier to read, and I've done my best to not take comments out of context... Please correct me if I've made any mistakes:
:: what can we expect on friday the 13th?Sean, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions!
Steorn: not at lot, most of the stuff you guys know - it is an update for people who do not spend too much time watching us
steorntracker: Sean, do you expect anything exciting to happen at Steorn between now and the July demos?
Steorn: Anything exciting, not really, if you believe it or not, we are focused on the validation, and this keeps us busy
steorntracker: How is the SPDC going Sean? Any new modules coming out soon for them to play with?
Steorn: There was a video experiment last week and a new module, I believe that another module goes up this week and another video experiment the week after
gabber196: Sean, have you any ideas about solid state version of your technology ?
Steorn: solid state would be the holy grail - cant get my head around how it could be done, but we do need to spend some time on it
steorntracker: Sean, patent question for ya... Any idea when we'll start seeing your latest patent apps on the web? It seems to take about 8 months for them to appear.
Steorn: On patents, not for a while, we use provisionals, then changes and so on to keep them out of the public domain!
Steorn: But the funny thing is that most of the 'revelations' in the SPDC could have been worked out in a pretty logical fashion!
In Reference to the Video to be published Friday:
energyman8: Hows it lookin Sean?
Steorn: The setting is nice, the fat fella in the camera should be changed, other than that ...
TESLA: how much for the license?
Steorn: The license fees are not yet decided
Rhaomi: how will the third-world charity thing work?
Steorn: the humanitarian stuff is simple - there will be no money due to steorn
steorntracker: Any feel on when the Jury process will be complete? Do you think it'll be around the time of your July demos?
Steorn: No, validation will not be completed y July
yossarian: Steorn, considering the lack of infrastructure in Africa how would you suggest your tech best be implemented?
Steorn: Ok on the Africa thing we are putting our money where our mouth is, but we will not solve the problems, just give i some focus
GravityBoots: Not much mention of the water pump recently...how's that coming along?
Steorn: Not much mention of anything to be honest, but we have appointed a local engineering company in Africa to start the build
Steorn: The pump is designed yes, we are getting a company in Africa to build it
Rhaomi: What about the goal of validation?
Steorn: The goal of validation is simple - to get the world of science to acknowledge that it works
Rhaomi: so no attempt to formulate it?
Rhaomi: or to try to integrate it into current scientific understanding?
Steorn: we think that it fits in pretty well with most of science
Note: I'm not sure what Sean is saying nope to here...
Steorn: nope - I think that we will see a redefinition of what energy is
gabber699: So what is the next big thing after "free energy"?
Steorn: well I do not want to be in this position again! I will go back to developing antifraud tech
Steorn: thats what I love
gabber699: but its like discovering electricity then saying your going back to farming.
Steorn: not at all, there is nothing particularly complicated about this tech, the battle here is a PR battle, how do you change a state of mind
Karellen: if validation is completed, will there be an announcement by steorn or is every jury member going to publish results on their own ?
Steorn: The jury will publish as a group and be available to the media
Rhaomi: How is the validation going, anyway?
Steorn: well the Jury process is long and very indepth - as it has to be, our original estimate is that it would take a couple of years
steorntracker: Do you think the July demos will cause problems with the Jury? Jumping the gun on validation possibly?
Steorn: No - there is no conflict with the Jury on the July demos
TESLA: and do you have a plan C still?
Steorn: We no longer need Plan C
gabber527: It's simple? and validation takes a year?
Steorn: A serious review of this technology takes very carefully designed experiments, time to conduct the tests, review the data and on to the next tests.
dtorus: sean: end of this year, beginning of next - are you referring to all 3 phases?
steorntracker: With the July demos, the SPDC and activites like Dr. Mike visiting between now and the end of this year, do you think the Jury becomes somewhat irrelevant?
Steorn: no July is important to put the technology back onto the public agenda
crazy: Li-ion batteries were never validated in such a way and sell like ..crazy
Steorn: indeed, but li-ion is not a claim against fundamental science!
WhiteLite: Sean, have you contacted the press about July yet? If so are they interested or where they like "yeah whatever"?
Steorn: Hi WL - we get requests for interviews every week and turn them down. We are happy that we will get a lot of exposure in July
Steorn: When I say happy, its great as a company, but feckin difficult as an individual
Rhaomi: how concerned are you with leaks from the SPDC? Or even from the people you work with or from inside Steorn?
Steorn: leaks, not that concerned, leaks happen - we have nothing to hide
jellybean: just a thought... what would have happened if you had decided to quietly develope and release a product on the market and then people just sort of found out once they had bought it.. instead of all of this validation stuff
Steorn: hi Jellybean - we decided not just to start selling the stuff because it would be written off as a fraud - validate then commecialize
avid_engineer: Anyone know if an estimate is set for completing the documentary work?
Steorn: The documentary will only be completed with validation , since interviews with the jury will form part of it
Fiksu_V: I still want to get an answer to whether the results will only be published after all three phases
Steorn: @ FV- we will only release reports with the agreement of the Jury - now if for example the full thermodynamic analysis requires a search for ZPE or mass loss the it is most likely that a report will be released before such tests (that could take tens o years are done)
fizzoid!: so 5 years from now, will the world look different?
Steorn: in 5 years, for sure
energyman8: Sean, how much do you plan on expanding the company once this is all over?
Steorn: @ E8, to be honest once the validation is in and the full developers forum is rolling I doubt that I will stay in Steorn much longer - hand over the reigns to someone who is better at that kinda thing than me
WhiteLite: I guess you'll have enough money to persue all those cool engineering projects you've always wanted to do
Steorn: Money, the funny thing is that it is the last thing in the world I could give a sh*t about
supes: so, april 13th is the sure date for the updates?
Steorn: yep - friday the 13th - watching it now - not a lot to say to be honest
Referring to the video:
Fiksu_V: how long is it?
Steorn: about 5 mins
Referring to the Steorn Product:
crazy: how much will it cost ?
Steorn: the price and the product itself I will not go into at the moment
GravityBoots: As CEO you have company shares....what about the rest of your staff...will they get a nice hefty bonus when this is all over?
Steorn: @ GB - all the staff are shareholders (or at least the paper work is in place)
Dirtfarmer: So Sean, brutal three weeks or so? Still getting another working vacation, or has that passed?
Steorn: lol, I love to moan about my workload, but went mad over the long weekend when I was not allowed to work- heck this is great fun
crazy: are there plans to keep the forum running for ever?
Steorn: we have no plans to shut the forum - we will open it up again in July
gabber81: What you mean you'll open the forum again in July? Are you closing it?
Steorn: nope - at the moment new members cant post and there are a few banned members out there that we will welcome back!
steorntracker: Sean, is this the first time you raised millions for a venture?
Steorn: @ steorntracker - no I spent a year with an irish company called microsol - from memory we raised about 7 million
steorntracker: Sean, how often do you meet with Steorn's investors? How have they handled the ride so far?
Steorn: @ st - several times a year - and yes they are happy - we are on plan
Kent767: so sean... a simple emoticon response will suffice... how's the jury process going?
Dirtfarmer: So Sean, can I assume you did initially hire the documentary team? or how would they approach you? (post ad perhaps?)
Steorn: @ DF - they in fact do most of the stuff for U2 so there was a bit of a third party connection
energyman8: you are friends with Sir Bono Sean?
Kent767: Sean was the demo reel shown at Kinetica going to be the same device as you originally planned to demo?
Steorn: @ kent - nope