Nov 4, 2017
I've been writing some articles for the good folks over at Singularity Hub, who'll help you keep on top of a lot of breaking technology news. Working with them has been great so far.
You can see all my work here but there are also some highlights:
I briefly assess some of the various potentials for carbon
dioxide removal (CDR) geoengineering. Lots of people ask me, when I
talk about climate change, whether we can't just 'invent a machine
that sucks carbon back out of the atmosphere'. The fact is, people
are indeed working on this - although a better idea is to actually
try to enhance natural processes, which are far better at removing
and adding carbon to the atmosphere than we can hope to be.
The issue is that any method to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere must be done on the same scale as we're currently putting it up there. And since that is currently on the scale of a vast, industrial activity, it's going to require a whole industry to suck it back out again.
Best, as you always hear, to leave it in the ground in the first place.
Expanding on thoughts that will be familiar to those of you who listened to the Malthus episode.
This is a slightly less detailed version of the episode I did about various new kinds of solar panel, Splitting Sunbeams.
And this is my pet theory that, of all the companies with an incentive to develop humanoid robots, Amazon are the ones with the most to gain.
Happy reading, all.