For tonight’s discussion, we are using the following articles as reference: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02459-w https://bostonreview.net/science-nature/samuel-miller-mcdonald-nuclear-power-our-best-bet-against-climate-change We being this conversation with a large group of engineers. So where to start? With nuclear as a whole? Or perhaps with thorium reactors directly? How viable are thorium reactors in general? Thorium reactors have the potential to solve a strange “fear”Continue reading “Futures Salon: The Future of Nuclear Energy”
Our topic for the evening will be “The Future of Nuclear Energy.” In particular, we will consider the recent news that the Chinese will be testing a thorium reactor, which has the potential to produce electricity relatively safely and inexpensively and with a smaller amount of radioactive waste. Here’s some background reading to seed ourContinue reading “Salon notice: “The Future of Nuclear Energy””
The next Columbus Futurists monthly forum will be Tuesday October 12 at 6:30 pm over Zoom. Our topic for the evening will be “The Autonomous Economy,” with a specific concentration on the meaning and implications of the robot delivery vehicles that are now criss-crossing Ohio State’s campus. Here’s an article that describes what’s happening. https://www.thelantern.com/2021/08/robot-delivery-service-rolls-onto-campus/Continue reading “Salon notice: “The Autonomous Economy””
Our discussion topic for this evening will be “Resolved: Millennials will not have the experience of a retirement.” We used the following source as a guide for this discussion: https://money.com/future-of-retirement-experts/ The Resolution is proposed: Millennials will not have the experience of a retirement. Four votes in yes. Three votes in no. Three abstain. A generalContinue reading “Futures Salon: Resolved: Millennials will not have the experience of a retirement”
The next Columbus Futurists monthly forum will be Tuesday July 13 at 6:30 pm Our discussion question for the evening will be “Resolved: Millennials will not have the experience of a retirement.” Come prepared to debate this question.As background, please take a look at this short article: https://money.com/future-of-retirement-experts/ Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.
Our conversation tonight uses an article titled “Meet the school with no classes, no classrooms and no curriculum” as a reference. We will determine what will need to happen for this school to become the template for public education in the United States. Today’s conversation will be using idealized design, where we will start withContinue reading “Futures Salon: “How might we redesign public education?””
Please join us on Tuesday June 15 at 6:30pm for the next Columbus Futurists monthly forum. We will conduct an idealized design exercise in answer to the question “How might we redesign public education?” To prepare, please read this article, titled “Meet the school with no classes, no classrooms and no curriculum.” We will determineContinue reading “Salon notice: “How might we redesign public education?””
The next Columbus Futurists monthly forum will be Tuesday May 11 at 6:30 pm. We will conduct another futures wheel exercise on the topic of “wireless electricity transmission.” As preparation, please read this article: https://singularityhub.com/2020/08/30/new-zealand-is-about-to-test-long-range-wireless-power-transmission/ And please plan on joining us the evening of May 11.
The Me.Ring is just a concept design at the moment. But if it were to be actually built and widely marketed, its impact would be dramatic. The ring consists of a switch: when you are open to having your data shared, you flip the switch to the “on” position. To remain anonymous, a user wouldContinue reading “NEXT: The Future of Data Privacy”
Demographers have observed that, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent downturn in economic activity, birth rates in the U.S. have declined. Research from Melissa S. Kearney and Phillip B. Levine observes that “that the Covid pandemic would lead to a decline in U.S. births of about 8%, as compared with the number ofContinue reading “NEXT: Baby Bust…or Baby Boom?”