The Learning Curve for Energy Storage

Energy storage prices are dropping fast. If you follow me, you’ve seen me write about this before. Energy storage prices have in fact been dropping exponentially for at least 25 years.

New Experimental Nuclear Fuel Could Provide Power Equal to Building 40 New Power Plants

The beleaguered nuclear power industry may soon have a good story to tell post-Fukushima. Lightbridge, a nuclear engineering company based in Virginia, is about to test a literal "twist" for fuel rods that can increase power yield by 10% in existing nuclear power plants with only minor modifications. And if the plants replace existing turbines with larger ones it would mean as much as a 17% increase in power output and incurring only an incremental investment without a major build.

What is CDR and What Role Will it Take in Mitigating Climate Change?

The carbon capture and storage project at the Boundary Dam in Saskatchewan is about to go live as reported in the press today. The project goal has been to eliminate 90% of the CO2 generated by the coal-fired power plant. Additions have cost $1.4 billion CDN, $115 million over budget, and represent what is believed to be the world's first commercial-scale CCS project to go live.

The Future of High-Quality TV

I occasionally do talks on future TV and I generally ignore current companies and their recent developments because people can read about them anywhere. If it is already out there, it isn’t the future.

The Future of Gardens

Surely gardens are a place to get back to nature, to escape from technology? Well, when journalists ask to see really advanced technology, I take them to the garden. Humans still have a long way to go to catch up with what nature does all the time.

Carl Rohde on Cool-Hunting Methodology

Cool is a concept that people understand instinctively and globally. It is not Carl Rohde who decides on his own what it the cool stuff on any subject; his eyes and ears are his students and associates. Rohde teaches on (almost) all continents. Part of his assignment is take photographs, describe what it is, and why it is cool. Select the best cool hunt of the week, and upload it to the cool hunting platform. The cool hunters rate each other's works. The items that have most potential will show up. The network of associates does pretty much the same thing, but there everyone has his own specialty.

The Futurist

In the September-October 2014 (Vol. 48, No. 5) Issue:

  • Futures Education: Teaching and Learning about the Future
  • Our Global Situation and Prospects for the Future
  • Seven Big Challenges for Pakistan—and the Lessons They Could Teach
  • Future View: 10 Questions for Machine Intelligence

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Predictive—and Persuasive—Technology: an interview with Chris Surdak, author of Data Crush

Mobile and Web technologies are making more and more data about us consumers and our lifestyle habits available to businesses. And in growing degrees, businesses are finding ways to use the data to both predict and influence their customers’ buying decisions.

Ensuring More Food for All: An Interview with Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank


As the world population grows, and as its resource bases shrink, producing enough food to feed the world becomes a steeper and steeper challenge. But the world’s small farms are up to the task, argues Danielle Nierenberg, president of the “food think tank” Food Tank.

The Future of Sharing

Living comfortably has always, to some extent, relied on owning many goods. But this is becoming less and less the case. A new worldwide “sharing economy," composed of startup ventures whose products consumers rent or share instead of own, is blossoming across the globe.

Reviews of New Books

Not Yet Dead: The Science of Staying Alive

Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead
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Author(s): David Casarett M.D.
Publisher: Current Hardcover (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 304 pages
List Price: $27.95

David Casarett describes developments of novel techniques that bring nearly dead and even fully dead patients back to the land of the living.

Strategies for Doing Business When Resources Are Few

Overfished Ocean Strategy: Powering Up Innovation for a Resource-Deprived World
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Author(s): Nadya Zhexembayeva
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 208 pages
List Price: $27.95

Fish populations across the world are withering under unrelenting pressure from human population growth and rising demand for seafood. … Within this crisis lies a golden opportunity …

Teens and Social Media: Debunking the Myths

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
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Author(s): danah boyd
Publisher: Yale University Press (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 296 pages
List Price: $25.00

Social media plays a huge role in young people’s lives and will continue to do so, but how exactly are its young users using it?

Strategies for Appropriate Development

Innovating for the Global South: Towards an Inclusive Innovation Agenda (Rotman/Utp - Monk Series on Global Affairs)
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Author(s): Dilip Soman, Janice Gross Stein, Joseph Wong
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (2014)
Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
List Price: $22.95

The world has made some progress in relieving poverty and improving health in the world’s poorest countries, but it will take new methods …

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