Why I'm Hot for Solar
I feel quite strongly that solar power will be the single largest source of electricity generation by mid-21st century. In fact, just a simple extrapolation of the growth of solar power tells us it will be for sure.
Consider that the earth is almost entirely solar-powered today and the fact that we’re not a frozen ice ball at, say, 4 degrees kelvin, it’s due to the sun. And the whole ecosystem is powered by the sun.
There’s just an itty bitty amount of energy that we need to do complicated human things. It’s a tiny amount of energy compared to what the sun puts on the earth every day. And we just need to capture a little bit of that and turn it into electricity. But we need to accelerate that process as well because we have an unpriced externality in the effects of carbon fuels, and even to some degree, uranium and other fossil materials.
So we have to try to accelerate that with innovation. That’s what SolarCity is about.
The Russian-built FEDOR was launched on a mission to help ISS astronauts.
Most people think human extinction would be bad. These people aren't philosophers.
- A new opinion piece in The New York Times argues that humanity is so horrible to other forms of life that our extinction wouldn't be all that bad, morally speaking.
- The author, Dr. Todd May, is a philosopher who is known for advising the writers of The Good Place.
- The idea of human extinction is a big one, with lots of disagreement on its moral value.
Picking up where we left off a year ago, a conversation about the homeostatic imperative as it plays out in everything from bacteria to pharmaceutical companies—and how the marvelous apparatus of the human mind also gets us into all kinds of trouble.
- "Prior to nervous systems: no mind, no consciousness, no intention in the full sense of the term. After nervous systems, gradually we ascend to this possibility of having to this possibility of having minds, having consciousness, and having reasoning that allows us to arrive at some of these very interesting decisions."
- "We are fragile culturally and socially…but life is fragile to begin with. All that it takes is a little bit of bad luck in the management of those supports, and you're cooked…you can actually be cooked—with global warming!"