Forums – regular meetings and Book Circles – meet at 6:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room (875 Bethel Road). Also be sure to check out – and like – “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!
Forum: February 18, 2016
Topic: The Future of Fusion: Are we finally getting it together?
Under cover of loud noises about politics, commercial space, auto-driving cars, the latest iPhone et al., advances are quietly being made on fusion – perhaps the holy grail of the alternative energy quest.
Expensive, complicated and therefore difficult to sell to the public sector and all but the most informed investors – fusion combines virtually everything we know about the latest in physics, technology innovation and economics. Recent articles offer an overview of current activities and prospects for near-term success.
At our next meeting, we’ll discuss the facts, and try to put them into a perspective for planning any transition to new forms of energy.
Here are some background readings:
- Inside the Quest for Fusion – Clean Energy’s Holy Grail – Time Magazine cover story (11/2/2015)
- The Front-Runners in Fusion Energy
- Why it’s taking the US So Long to Make Fusion Energy Work
- Fusion as a Future Power Source: Recent Achievements and Prospects (helpful graphics)
We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting of the Columbus Futurists!
Forecasting some key events and parameters for 20126 is the new group project for Columbus Futurists. A short list of specific issues has been posted, and you can participate by sending your forecasts for any/all of the issues, along with a percentage presenting your confidence level. Over the course of the year, we will review progress (and check events off the list as they occur). You can send your forecasts to the Futurists email, and they will be added to the record, attached to the update post. The original instructions are here, and the update is here.
Join us – and let’s see how accurate our forecasting can be!
Scheduled meetings for 2016 (all meetings meet 6:30-8:00pm at the Panera Bread Co. community room, 875 Bethel Road): (Also be sure to check out – and like – “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!)
- February 18, 2016: Topic – The Future of Fusion
- March 24, 2016 – Topic: The Future of OIL – Is There Oil In Our Future?
- April 21, 2016 – tba
- May 19, 2016 – tba
- June 23, 2016 – tba
- July 21, 2016 – tba
- August 18, 2016 – tba
- September 22, 2016 – tba
- October 20, 2016 – tba
- November 17, 2016 – tba
- December, 2016 – no meeting