Volcanoes are erupting in The Philippines, but on-fire Australia received some welcome rain. The Iran war cries have been called off and The Donald’s military powers are about to be hamstrung by the Senate. Meanwhile, his impeachment trial is starting, and we’re all on Twitter for a front-row seat.
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Are we about to see a wave of energy innovation? (Let’s hope so.)
There’s so much focus on the need for “clean” energy — energy whose production generates little or no carbon emissions — that often overlooked is the equally important need for “abundant” energy.
Opinion: Why AI won’t take your job. (Maybe.)
My sense of things is that a) even though unemployment was low before the pandemic and is low today … and b) even though the advances in autonomous driving technology that drove much of the pre-pandemic freakout about automation seem to have stalled … c) people still think of AI as a big jobs killer more than productivity enhancer that could complement work tasks and create new ones.
Imagining a better future is easy if you try. But you have to try.
Even the Smithsonian's dreary 'Futures' exhibit, in the end, made visitors more optimistic about tomorrow.
How to build a future of clean energy abundance
We need technological progress and regulatory reform that supports cleaner, more abundant energy. What does that look like? In this edition of 5 Quick Questions, Alex Trembath discusses regulatory reform, R&D in the energy sector, and what’s going on with next-gen geothermal and fusion.
Future Schlock: Hollywood’s addiction to dystopia is really bad for us
5+ Quick Questions for ... innovation scholar Adam Thierer on why optimistic sci-fi matters.
What the ‘Bison Shock’ of the 1800s can teach us about economic growth today
Geographic mobility has always been an important way of dealing with economic disruption. Also: Why wolves are like startups.
Faster, Please! — The Podcast #5
A conversation about the future of manned space exploration with former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, author of 'Escaping Gravity: My Quest to Transform NASA and Launch a New Space Age.'
Faster, Please! — The Podcast #2
A conversation about the philosophy of progress with Jason Crawford, founder of The Roots of Progress.
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A conversation about space-based solar power with Ali Hajimiri, CalTech engineering professor and co-director of the Space Solar Power Project.
America is starting a New Space Age. And it’s a problem that many Americans don’t know about it.
The US is leading humanity toward bright future beyond Earth, but we need to be ready for costly setbacks.