“Mining asteroids will ultimately benefit humanity on and off the Earth in a multitude of ways.”- Peter Diamandis
Peter Diamandis might be right, but asteroid mining is probably not imminent–at least not in the way that lunar mining is.
With both the NASA and the Chinese National Space Agency having designs on establishing permanent lunar bases within the next 5 to 10 years, mining on the moon will be a necessity. It’s just too expensive to supply all the needed resources to maintain the outposts from earth.
Daniel Sax is the cofounder and CEO of the Canadian Space Mining Corporation. His route to that post is, in itself, a fascinating tale. In this episode of Seeking Delphi,™ he explains both his personal journey and that of the company.
“We have created science and technology to extend our life, but we haven’t created life we want to extend.”–Sergey Young, Seeking Delphi™ episode #55, explaining why he believes more people do not support radical life extension.
Few individuals have done more, from an advocacy standpoint, to promote breakthroughs in human longevity, than Sergey Young. Seeking Delphi™ returns with a fascinating interview with Sergey on the occasion of the release of his new book, The Science and Technology of Growing Young. The book provides a comprehensive overview of where longevity research is now, where it could be going in the future, and what you can do, in the meantime, to get the most health and vigor out of your own life. We also discuss the current state of the soon to be announced longevity XPrize. You can subscribe to Seeking Delphi™ on Apple podcasts , PlayerFM, MyTuner,Listen Notes, and YouTube. You can also follow us on twitter @Seeking_Delphi andFacebook.
This podcast was originally recorded and aired in November of 2018.
“The Promise of Autonomous Vehicles is Great.”–Dan Lipinski
“My opinion is that it’s a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous vehicles.”–Elon Musk
There’s no shortage of opinions on the viability of self-driving cars. Be you a bull or a bear, though, there is no denying that there is a plethora of big players banking on them with R&D spending.
The issues surrounding the technology are too many and complex to deal with all of them in a single podcast. And while things like collision avoidance, navigation, regulation, liability and public acceptance take up much of the debate over the technology, one key element has not so often been discussed. That would be connectivity. To assure safety and efficiency, to any degree greater than currently exists with manually driven cars, they need to be able to talk to each other.
In episode #26 of Seeking Delphi™ host Mark Sackler talks with Alex Wyglinski, president of IEEE’s Vehicle Technology Society and co-chair of the Community Development Working Group for IEEE Future Networks, on how wireless connectivity might enable the technology.
In the popular HBO series Westworld, robotic hosts are depicted as being placed into a kind of psychiatric analysis by their creators. Could this actually happen one day? Joanne Pransky thinks it will. She bills herself as the World’s First Robotic Psychiatrist® (yes, she even registered that title!). She was dubbed the real life Susan Calvin by Isaac Asimov, after the robot psychologist he created in his classic 1950 short story anthology, I, Robot. In this episode of the Seeking Delphi™ podcast, host Mark Sackler talks to her about this and other significant issues in the man/machine relationships to come.
“I believe fuel cells could end the 100-year reign of the internal combustion engine.” –William Clay Ford
Seeking Delphi will return from hiatus soon. This is the first in a series of rebroadcasts of the highlights from the past 4 years of programs. Much has changed in the fuel cell sector since this program first aired in February of 2017, and the fuel cell and hydrogen industry is now red hot.
Hydrogen fuel cells have long been touted as a possible replacement for the internal combustion engine. But progress has been slow, and the emergence of this technology seems not much closer than it was 20 years ago. In episode #3 of Seeking Delphi, I explore the world of Hydrogen Fuel Cells with William Smith, the CEO of Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, Inc. The oil companies may not want you to hear this, but this technology is not dead yet. Links to Infinity’s web site and this weeks news stories are below. Seeking Delphi is now available on iTunes.Now also on YouTube.
Podcast episode 3: Whatever Happened to Fuel Cells.
“There’s a lot of automation that can happen that isn’t a replacement of humans but of mind-numbing behavior.” –Stewart Butterworth
“Automation is going to cause unemployment, and we better prepare for it.”–Mark Cuban
In an early standup routine, Woody Allen once joked that when his father came home to announce that his job on an assembly line was replaced by a 50-dollar part, what was really disturbing was that his mother immediately ran out and bought one of those parts. As funny as that may be, the potential loss of millions of jobs to automation is no joking matter. The fears of such abound as automation, robotics and artificial intelligence continue to invade the world of work. But the scenarios for the future of human employment may be far more nuanced than you might expect. In this episode of Seeking Delphi™ entrepreneur and author Jeff Wald discusses his view of the future of work, as outlined in his book The End of Jobs:The Rise of On-demand Workers and the Agile Corporation.You can subscribe to Seeking Delphi™ on Apple podcasts , PlayerFM, MyTuner,Listen Notes, and YouTube. You can also follow us on twitter @Seeking_Delphi andFacebook