Wind Power

This review of the current state of wind power by Peter Sinclair was quite surprising. He’s definitely taking an advocate’s stance here, but he seems reasonable about it. I was particularly wowed by some of the techniques used to store wind energy. Here’s part one:

In part 2, he addresses criticisms of the first video.

I’ve long been an advocate of nuclear power but I love the idea of wind power. I had in the past heard that the main problem with renewable sources is that we require high-yield generators for emergencies and times of high-use. But if we could fix that need by updating our grid, then we all win.

This leads me to mention a wild-eyed idea which occurred to me a few years ago – If we implement wind power on a massive scale, wouldn’t that remove kinetic energy from the atmosphere? And if it does, how much would we need to remove for it to have a cooling effect? I’m assuming this is nuts, by the way. We’d likely return the kinetic energy quickly through energy use, and the amount we can siphon from the atmosphere is probably waaay to small to have a noticeable effect. But the thought tickles me.

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On Open-Mindedness

Good morning kiddies. Time for another steaming bowl of QualiaSoup.

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Longevity Escape Velocity

LEV Chart

Aubrey de Grey is an interesting character. He’s on the leading edge of longevity research, and believes it is possible that people alive today could live to be 1000 or more. One of the central concepts of his argument that this is possible is what he calls the “Longevity Escape Velocity.”

The key conclusion of the logic I’ve set out above is that there is a threshold rate of biomedical progress that will allow us to stave off aging indefinitely, and that that rate is implausible for mice but entirely plausible for humans. If we can make rejuvenation therapies work well enough to give us time to make then work better, that will give us enough additional time to make them work better still, which will … you get the idea. This will allow us to escape age-related decline indefinitely, however old we become in purely chronological terms. I think the term “longevity escape velocity” (LEV) sums that up pretty well.

I sure hope he’s right. Here’s his TED talk from a few years ago:

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