Podcast Episode 3 (redux): Whatever Happened to Fuel Cells?

“I believe fuel cells could end the 100-year reign of the internal combustion engine.” –William Clay Ford

Seeking Delphi will return from Hiatus in Mid-May.  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.

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.

William Smith
William Smith

Podcast episode 3: Whatever Happened to Fuel Cells.

Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen

Honda-GM fuel cell venture

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Podcast #46: The Post-Covid Future, Part 3: The Electrical Grid and Emergency Preparedness, with Shay Bahramirad

 “Without Electricity, the air would rot.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

What might Ralph Waldo Emerson say if he lived in the age of “shelter-at-home?”   Perhaps he’d opine that without electricity, we all would rot.  At any rate, we’d all be a lot more miserable, if not in far greater danger.  The reliability of electricity has never been more important then it is now.  Can you imagine a major outage from natural disaster or cascading grid failure occurring while the world is still mostly locked down from the pandemic?   You probably don’t want to think about such things–but electric utilities must.  Shay Bahramirad is a vice president at Commonwealth Edison in Chicago.  She joins me to discuss just such scenarios and how they are being prepared for by our power providers.

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Episode #46,  The Post-Covid Future: The Electrical Grid and Emergency Preparedness

(YouTube slideshow episode #46)

The Carrington Event

 

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Podcast #38: Science Fiction, The Evolutionary Mythology of The Future, with Tom Lombardo

“Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.”– Arthur C. Clarke

“I’m leaving my body to science fiction.”–Steven Wright

 

Science fiction pervades our culture.  Movies, television, books, even stage productions.  It’s rich history, and its significance in shaping our views of the future–or for that matter, inspiring us to invent the future–is the subject of this wide ranging discussion with author Tom Lombardo.   Among the subjects we cover:

  • Science Fiction as a pervasive view of the future; all aspects of human experience, not just technology and science.
  • Parallels between mythology and science fiction
  • Science Fiction as social satire and even humor (think Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, for instance).
  • The danger of Hollywood’s apocalyptic future visions becoming self-fullfilling prophecies
  • Some of the best future predictions from scifi.

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Science Fiction, The Evolutionary Mythology of The Future. Click for Amazon link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode #38, Science Fiction, The Evolutionary Mythology of The Future

YouTube slide show of episode #38

 

Center for Future Consciousness (Tom’s web site)

Books by Tom Lombardo

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Podcast #37: The Future of Nursing and Caregiving, Part Two, with Oriana Beaudet and Dan Pesut

“The day healthcare can fully embrace AI is the day we have a revolution in terms of cutting costs and improving care.”–Fei-Fei Li

 

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In part two of this 2-part series, Oriana Beaudet and Dan Pesut discuss a healthcare future that includes automation, artificial intelligence and robots.  And what about potential disruptive futures that change everything?

 

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Episode #37, The Future of Nursing and Caregiving, Part 2

YouTube Slide Show for episode #37

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University of Minnesota School of Nursing

University of Minnesota Health Innovation and Leadership

 

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Podcast #36: The Future of Nursing and Caregiving, Part One, with Oriana Beaudet and Dan Pesut

“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.”
– Dag Hammarskjold 

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While many futures are generalists, there is a need for foresight professionals centered on specific fields, as well.  Perhaps no area is more in need of innovative outlooks for the future than healthcare. With rising costs, aging populations and personnel shortages, the challenges are many. But so are the opportunities to employ emerging technologies. In the first part of a two part series, host Mark Sackler discusses these challenge with two nursing Ph.D.’s, Oriana Beaudet and Dan Pesut.  Part One addresses the need for foresight both in nursing specifically and healthcare in general, as well as the global challenges of an aging population.  Part two will drill down to individual ssues, including automation, robotics and artificial intelligence as caregiving tools for the future.

 

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Episode #36, The Future of Nursing and Caregiving, Part 1

Episode #36, YouTube slide show

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University of Minnesota School of Nursing

University of Minnesota Health Innovation and Leadership

 

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Podcast #34: The Futures School, with Frank Spencer

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”–Malcolm X

“Be open-minded, but not so open-minded that your brains fall out.”–Groucho Marx

 

In our myopic, short-term minded society, how do we start to take a long view of the future?   In Seeking Delphi™ episode #34, host Mark Sacckler chats with Frank Spencer, founder and creative director at Kedge, The Futures School,  about what he does, and how he teaches about the future.

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Episode #34: The Futures School, with Frank Spencer

 

YouTube slide show of episode #34

Links:

The Futures School 

Frank W. Spencer bio

Teach The Future

University of Houston Foresight graduate program

University of Hawaii Future Studies 

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