September 13, 2009 by Rick
Ray Kurzweil gave this presentation about the exponential effect of technology on the advancement of science and the standard of living. Listening to this you get a feel for where we have come from and where we could be going with the current and future advancements at hand. Definitely a glass half full presentation.
If you really want to get your hopes up read this story or listen to this recent NPR report. It states that scientists at MIT have developed a new, more environmentally friendly way to make batteries. Their approach employs an unusual component: genetically engineered viruses. These new batteries have the same energy capacity as other lithium batteries of the same size and show potential to develop even more powerful batteries. They can be made in water at room temperature without organic solvents or pollutants. Exxon owns the patents on nanotubes and buckminsterfullerene . I hope there is no conflict of interest with them on MIT developing major energy saving devices too quickly?
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