Could the Economy be Super-charged With an Inflation Safety Valve

Dr. James Albus considers whether an effort like mobilizing for World War II could be done to create a fully productive society that targets the enduring problems of poverty and unaccomplished grand goals instead of the defeat of an enemy nation. Ramp up investment and have mandatory savings to prevent inflation. NOTE: Flaws with the …

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Augmented Intelligence versus Democratization of the Capacity to Tackle the Big Problems

A large increase in the capability of computers to augment our intelligence and productivity is coming but the societal impact will be dwarfed by the increasing democratization of the capability of many more people to have meaningful opportunities to tackle the big problems. Intelligence and Productivity Enhancement with Computers 1. Besides the basic connection, there …

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Update on General Fusion : Steam Punk Approach to Nuclear Fusion

General Fusion is a venture capital funded company that is taking an acoustic wave approach to magnetized target fusion (MTF). The approach is to have a sphere surrounded by steam pistons that drive a pressure wave inward to generate fusion compressions twice every second. They have performed some actual proof of concept experiments at 25 …

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IEA World Energy Outlook

The International Energy Agency has made a new comprehensive forecast of world energy from now until 2030. The conclusions are: Current energy trends are patently unsustainable —socially, environmentally, economically– Oil will remain the leading energy source but…> The era of cheap oil is over, although price volatility will remain> Oilfield decline is the key determinant …

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Tata s Electric Car’s

A radical redesign of cars to cheap, safe, lightweight electrical cars is beyond the imagination or believability of some people. “We cannot have lightweight electrical cars, they are not safe because we have SUVs and trucks”. – Air bags work to protect in a collision. Lightweight cars bounce from collision with heavier vehicles. – Formula …

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Proper framing of the transhumanist debate

Michael Anissimov has another article related to the defence of transhumanism from misguided attacks. Transhumanism (sometimes symbolized by >H or H+), a term often used as a synonym for “human enhancement”, is an international intellectual and cultural movement supporting the use of new sciences and technologies to enhance human mental and physical abilities and aptitudes, …

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