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10-26-14

conversations with tomorrow: energy 2064

If you asked me what is the most significant advance in the modern world, I’d say electricity. Everything else is derivative. Electricity is modernity. Without electricity you have none of the powerful tools that we have today: the Internet, wireless communications – they’re all predicated on electricity. Unfortunately, much of the electricity is generated today… read more…

6-10-14

failure of moocs: massive open online courses

In a recent article in the NYT Michael Porter expresses a deep insight on the failure of MOOCs: “I think the big risk in any new technology is to believe the technology is the strategy. Just because 200,000 people sign up doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.” It seems that people have misinterpreted Marshall McLuhan’s… read more…

4-24-14

the importance of large scale stationary grid-level storage

Why is storage so important? If you look at the grid today, we have 40% margin for peak and we hit that peak for less than 5% of the time. Imagine if we operated an airline so that 360 days a year 40% of our planes were on the ground and then for the remaining… read more…

3-3-14

background for inventing liquid metal battery

Epiphanies are the result of a lot. I am like the teabag; I’ve been steeping in this water a long time. You can’t invent if you don’t have a lot of background knowledge. I can draw on seemingly disparate fields and superimpose ideas on top of one another. Why did I invent the liquid metal… read more…

2-28-14

clean technology

My family instilled in me a sense of duty. Marrying the notion of science and community service drove me in the direction of applied science rather than pure science, and ultimately got me thinking about science in service to society. Asking the big questions. That’s how I became interested in inventing clean technology to produce… read more…