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economyWhat if we get super cheap D-D (Deuterium-Deuterium fusion power?

A guest article by Joseph Friedlander What if thermonuclear power was as easy to build as a plasma torch, or rocket engine– some simple electromechanical assembly (with precise electronic controls) that could be built in a home workshop and unleash …

AMDEmerging Technological Black Swans

The Black Swan theory (in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s version) refers to a large-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare event beyond the realm of normal expectations. Taleb regards many scientific discoveries as “black swans” — undirected and unpredicted. He gives the rise of …

futureQuantifying Some General Predictions

Futurismic has some of Karl Schroeder twittered short predictions of likely surprises for 2009. eBook Readers become as common as iPods. So ebook sales to track which part of the iPod quarterly sales jumps ? 240,000 kindle sales first half …

futureMcKinsey plan and analysis for offsetting climate change has pro-nuclear aspect

The McKinsey plan (107 page report) for lowering climate change gases in the United States1. Energy efficiency in buildings and appliances (710-870 megatons of carbon)2. More fuel efficient vehicles (340-660 megatons of carbon)3. Industrial efficiency (620-770 megatons)4. Bigger carbon sinks …

futureShort, mid and long term energy and transportation system overhauls

I am not convinced that we are at peak oil/liquids and if it does occur I believe that it will not do severe damage to the economies of the developed countries or China. In the event of a peak in …

energyTri Alpha Energy raises $40 million in Venture capital for nuclear fusion

Tri Alpha, which licenses intellectual property from the University of California, Irvine, is developing what’s called “hot,” or plasma, fusion, in which atomic nuclei are fused, releasing huge amounts of energy, according to Ray Rothrock of Venrock, one of the …

artificial intelligenceMy take on Shaping the Future

Science Fiction author Charlie Stross talks about “Shaping the Future” He wrote Accelerando and Singularity Sky among other books. He notes how progress used to measured by top speed, but how that stopped between 1950-1970. I believe that speed will …