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