ET3 Goes Viral

26 April 2012

During our road trip to NV, CA, and UT starting on 13 March, ET3 went viral in the media.  The first major article "New York to Beijing in two hours without leaving the ground?" By Brian Dodson,  23:52 March 22, 2012 appeared in Gizmag.  In just 3 days it became the most commented article in the ten year history of Gizmag. 

This LA traffic solution contest entry by Nick Garzilli may be where Gizmag picked it up.  Or it could have been "Moving Beyond High-Speed-Rail" by Graham Kaye-Eddie that appeared in the Bakersfield news paper on 20 March.

At any rate, the efforts of Licensees like Nick and Graham are getting major attention, and it is spreading around the world.  On 29 March, ABC's Bill Weir did a TV piece on ET3 on his "This Could be Big" series. This 3 min video has attracted over 2000 comments, and in just 2 days 34 licensees were purchaced. 

Most of the repeats of thease stories contain the minor inaccuracies, and add their own gross inaccuracies.  Obviously most of the bloggers, readers, and commenters have not read the peer reviewed paper about ET3 published in Journal of Modern Transportation last year.  Or the first ET3 patent, that issued in 1999.

There are also some negitive pieces about ET3 as published in Atlantic Cities by Eric Jaffe 29 March 2012.  For the record, Mr. Jaffe did not secure permission to use ET3 images that he credits "courtesy of ET3".  Apparently, some readers see the bias; the first (of only 4) comment says "you said, "seems to have misplaced a zero or several..." ... do you have any empirical evidence to support this "opinion" or are you simply a skeptic?" in response to Jaffe's asertion that ET3 cost estimates are grossly innacurate.  

This unauthorized Video about ET3 from a company in Tiawan is good, but has several gross errors: the capsules are shown about 1.5 foot larger than the 51 inch (1.3m) optimal size, and the tubes also appear about double the optimal diameter of 5 foot (1.5m).  It shows capsules entering the system without airlocks as in pnumatic systems, and shows ET3 crossing the Pacific (instead of the prefered route across the Bering Strait between Alaska and Siberia.)

A couple of good ET3 comments on Tumblr.

A Google news search on ET3 just now shows 86 articles around the world. A few examples:

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