TEDxBayArea October 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
Mountain View, United States
Brian Wang is a long time futurist and has lectured on Nanotechnology at the Singularity University. Ray Kurzweil's Kurzweilai.net site listsBrian Wang as one of the Big Thinkers. He is also the Director of Research for the Lifeboat Foundation.
Brian has a degree in computer science and an MBA (from Canadian universities) and has worked in the information technology industry for 25 years. He created and ran his own professional services computer consulting company with offices in Canada and the United states and clients in the USA and Europe. He has also been involved in e-commerce, internet startups and real estate investing. He is familiar with angel and venture funding academically and from the entrepreneur's perspective.
He authored The Impact of Nanofactories on Jobs in the USA, Predictions For a Technological Future, Now Until 2050, Considering Military and Ethical Implications of Nanofactory Level Nanotechnology, and coauthored Nanotechnology in Global Security and Economics. He designed a project Orion (nuclear pulse propulsion) variant - a true nuclear cannon for jump starting a true space age and wrote about the Mundane Singularity (technological acceleration using only technology that is at least working in the labs today.)
Link to one of the nuclear cannon launch system articles
Link to one of the Mundane singularity articles
Brian has written over 5500 articles for the top ten (as ranked by Technorati) Science and technology website Nextbigfuture.com.
Overview of the talk:
Uncommon wisdom about Energy - What is and is not dangerous and what are the best options.
What are the deaths per TWH for all energy sources. The big view of energy subsidies and energy infrastructure and how much will be spent building energy generation. 75% of the energy is being built outside the OECD (not north america or europe), so cost estimates for
making a US nuclear reactor is not that important. Where will the real energy future be ? What are the costs and timeframes and supply chains. Why proliferation from commercial nuclear reactors was never that important and will be even less important.
The importance of advanced uprating and factory mass production.
Advances in nuclear fission technology
Promising Nuclear fusion possibilities 2015-2025
Wind - kite generation and 1000 foot turbines
Best ways to improve energy efficiency
Biofuel - seaweed, weeds and algae
Adrian C. Ott, CEO and founder of Exponential Edge, Inc., was called “one of Silicon Valley’s most respected (if not the most respected) strategist” by Consulting magazine. She has worked with some of the most innovative Fortune 500 and start-up companies in the world to gain a market edge in today’s exponential economy. In addition to consulting, she writes a popular column at FastCompany.com, and chairs the Strategy & Growth Roundtable for the Harvard Business School Association of N. California, the largest HBS alumni club in the world.
Prior to founding Exponential Edge, she was an HP executive that was recognized in an annual report for “infusing HP with new revenue streams and new technologies and new business models.” She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley.
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