“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
“Ageing is, simply and clearly, the accumulation of damage in the body. That’s all that ageing is.–Aubrey de Grey
It’s that simple. Or so say Aubrey de Grey and his many followers in the gerontological and biotech communities. But the sixty-four dollar question is: how does the message disseminate to the rest of the world? Regulators…legislators…the public at large…they all need to understand the viability of this research, and the very real benefits that humanity could gain if it succeeds. No, it’s not there yet, and no, there are no guarantees that it will ever get there. But the probability of success grows with every passing breakthrough, day by day. In this episode of The Longevity Dialogues on Seeking Delphi,™ we discuss the ins and outs of Selling the Science. The panelists:
Aubrey de Grey–chief science officer of the SENS research foundation and author of Ending Aging.
Nir Barzilai, MD- founding director of the Institute for Aging Research, at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Author of Age Later.
Keith Comito–Founder and president of the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation.
“It is not in our stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.”–Willaim Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene III
Got foresight? Do you even need it? Hell yes, you do. The consequences of lack of foresight have never been more evident than they are in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. But just how can the long view be fostered in a human society that doesn’t often look beyond the next pay check, the next quarter, or most notably, the next election? Peter Hayward is a fellow futurist podcaster. In this episode of Seeking Delphi™ Peter joins me to discuss his approach to very much the same podcasting end that I have. .
“What I’m after is not living to 1,000. I’m after letting people avoid death for as long as they want to.”–Aubrey de Grey
It’s all so complicated. Back in January I hosted a panel entitled The Dawn of Superlongevity: Scenarios for a post-aging future. I hoped to address many of the issues involved in getting to radical life extension–and dealing with it. We barely scratched the surface. In that light, this is the first in a series of Longevity Dialogues. In this installment, we explore some of the challenges and logistics involved in implementing radical life extension, as well as the implications for the very meaning of human life, should we attain it. Our panelists:
Sergey Young–XPrize innovation board member, founder of the Longevity Vision Fund, and author of The Science and Technology of Growing Young.
David Wood–Chair of the London Futurists and author of The Abolition of Aging
Jose Cordero–Author of La Muerte de las Muerte (The Death of Death) and former candidate for the European parliament.
For Seeking Delphi’s™ fiftieth** episode, we return to visit with one of our earliest guests, professional futurist and author Richard Yonck. Three years ago, he joined me to discuss his first book, Heart of the Machine. He returns now for a conversation about his second book, Future Minds. In it, he has taken a broad look at intelligence–human and otherwise. It’s a sweeping review of how intelligence evolved since the start of the universe, and a preview of where it may be going as we tweak both our biology and our intelligent machines.