Launching Season 1: Nuclear Energy
> If a new technology is sufficiently impactful, the battle with degrowthers and incumbents will be intense, and we need to understand exactly what it will take to win.
I agree 100%. That said, I’m a huge fan of “loving your enemies to death.” Degrowth gained traction because pro-growth advocates used that the virtues of growth as a “get out of jail free card” to avoid internalizing all the externalities of growth -- especially the loss of status due to the inevitable unequal outcomes.
The way to win that battle is precisely to steelman and out-empathize with the degrowthers -- NOT try to bury them in facts. That can be excruciating-- but I believe in you @packy. :-)
It is indeed time to embrace nuclear power in toto. One thing I pursue, which I don't see anywhere else, is successive life cycles. Why are we to ignore the possibility of extending our own life franchises while celebrating the glories of what are 3rd person advances, the extinguishing of our human franchise just taken for granted? Biobanks and maturing ectogenesis tech promise to keep our futures open to more childhood, youth and romance- are these not something to dream about as well?
Well said, Packy. There's optimism in the vision for the future and optimism in our ability to create progress toward the vision. Let me know if you need help in the energy space. It's a wonderfully complex world filled with awesome people - entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, policy makers and more.
I LOVED reading this first thing today. Healthy dose of optimism (and, frankly, a vision I share) for our collective future.
Any talk on the show about the future of water/wastewater management? I've made some bold predictions in the past as part of my future of water newsletter and podcast, would love to share if you're interested!
I care deeply about education because I think only an educated society can thrive. That's why I write about it in my weekly newsletter, The Value Junction. It makes me happy to see more and more people getting a basic education over the centuries. It gives me hope that even though many still can't access good education, things are getting better, and they'll keep improving as we work to make quality education available to everyone.Thank you so much for sharing, Packy.
Well I’ll be 85 in 2073, but this is pretty much exactly what I’m expecting. I’d probably get kicked in the teeth by all the tech people in the house if I were to say “let’s manifest that future together” so I’ll leave that for my slightly more woo woo newsletter, & instead here I’ll say “let’s build that future together”. Excited. Sometimes the world does need another dude with a podcast.
We don't need Nuclear Power to have an age of Miracles. And in fact any of the implementations of Nuclear power that are even slightly possible at this time will lead to disaster. You folks don't seem to get the danger of having 1000's of tons of ultra radioactive material moving around an industrial society. On top of that, every reactor and node in the industrial nuclear process is a target for the crazy terrorists we seem to be breading in every country.
We can have the age of Miracles without Nuclear Power but with renewable energy from Sun, Wind, Waves. (Well it would be Nuclear Power, but the reactor is 93 Million Miles away)
Love the idea of the podcast, for me personally this would be amazing to get into even more depth on the topics that underlie what I love reading about on Not Boring. Only question is, both a typically long blog and a podcast require quite a significant attention commitment, so does this mean that the consumers of this content would largely be those who are acceleration-pilled already? If the idea is to provide / change the narrative, what would be the content format which would appeal to a much larger set of people than those who are already acceleration-piiled?
It is funny that the pics chosen are very likely 1960s or 1970s pulp science fiction covers.
In the real world: the structural underinvestment across almost all of the periodic table manifests itself as a major structural undersupply of uranium even given today's loadouts, much less the techno-utopian future ones (I am deliberately leaving out China's massive nuclear plans).
The various uranium proxies: Kazatomprom, Sprott Physical Uranium Trust, etc have doubled in the past 6 months - yet the uranium conference attended by existing industry people seem oblivious to the train heading their way.