This site is about a new discipline of design – gravity design. Along with its burgeoning engineering sibling gravity engineering this coming decade may hold some very significant changes for society if the ability to generate and manipulate gravity-like fields can be demonstrated.
Gravity modification (expressed here in shorthand as gMod) and the ability to change local gravitational effects through the production of powerful local gravity-like fields would represent a new technological domain. The closest analogy would be the harnessing of electricity.
This is not a site for proving the existence of gravity-like fields… that is a scientific debate outside our purview. However, if the evidence in favor of more than one type of gravity-like field continues to advance though theory and experiment (see Extended Heim Theory) then it must be explored as the basis for a new set of tools for designers.
Evidence for gravity-like fields is accumulating and recent published research suggests that it might be the underlying mechanism for “Modified Newtonian Dynamics” (MOND), and therefore may be the basis for both dark matter and dark energy.
As a designer, professor of design, and all around technology wonk this is exciting stuff. But even if it were to be substantiated with peer reviewed research today, useful outcomes in the form of products are likely decades away. Therefore the discussion that designers should focus on is the scope and potential, conveyed through both commentary and visuals, as we continue to track the theory and stay aware of advances in the science.
The postings on this site will arrive as advances in experiment and theory are made and as new and notable ideas arise. Postings will not include claims of antigravity outside of the scope of generating gravity-like fields and will most often include notions arising from published papers detailing gravitational symmetry-breaking through the mechanism of spinning superconductors or vacuum polarization.
The groups have been set up to focus upon possible attributes of gravity-like fields. In a 2006 New Scientist magazine cover story Dr. Martin Tajmar stated that, “Levitating cars, zero-g playgrounds, tractor beams to pull objects towards you, glass-less windows that use repulsive fields to prevent things passing through. Let your imagination run riot: a gravitomagnetic device that works by changing the acceleration and orientation of a superconductor would be the basis for a general-purpose force field.” Tajmar also mentioned the potential of building zero-g simulators on earth. The groups on this site are suggestions of ways to think about the possible applications of gravity-like fields on Earth. Since these and other effects go well beyond mere propulsion, how do we describe this new vocabulary of non-propulsive field effects derived from gravity modification?
Inventor Marcus Hollingshead proposed seven categories of fields based upon his (non-verified) findings. As a group they were known by the acronym HAFF, presumably for “Hollingshead Anomalous Force Fields.” In addition to propulsion against the force of gravity their additional list of attributes includes the ability to push, pull, provide resistance and impart physical action at a distance. Consider these categories as jumping off points to explore possible implementations of gravity-like fields on our own planet.
Please join in with comments, keep an open mind, and let’s see where this journey takes us. Please note that postings here that are dated before June 21, 2014 were retrieved from my UThink Blog at the University of Minnesota in advance of that service being retired.