[Flash Forward] POWER: Weird Flux But OK

POWER: Weird Flux But OK

26/11/2019 by Rose Eveleth

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Today’s episode is about nuclear fusion, a technology that might save us all or might be a complete waste of time and money.
Guests: Charles Seife, professor at NYU and author of Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking Sabina Griffith, communications officer at ITER Nicholas Evans, professor of ethics at UMass Lowell Michael Wahid Hanna, senior fellow at The Century Foundation
Actors: Radio Host — Brett Humphries (a Patron!) Moses Blackman — Eden Rohatensky Dr. Amelia Brand — Soleil Ho Lawrence O’Donnell — Tamara Krinsky
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Listen Date: 2020-02-02

Notes:

  • I learned about Edward Teller’s raging anticommunism and thought of Dr Strangelove.
  • Also, found that the idea of nuking the moon wasn’t all that absurd in the 1950s. Sending a missile to the moon to blow it up and use the disturbance for spectrographic and seismic tests was actually far more feasible than sending a manned mission to come back.
  • I liked getting the lowdown on the Iter project and how far it’s coming.
  • And learning about orphan initialisms.
  • I got reminded of the wonderful Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. I think the first time I heard about it was from a featured article on longform.org or longreads –  whichever one I was using at the time.
  • While intellectually agreeing with the point that a sudden collapse in oil demand could destabilise the Middle East and make it even worse, my emotional state still can’t help but cheer on the prospect.

 

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