That should have happened from the get go (thorium reactors),
except that a bomb cannot be made from thorium.

On Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM, Jason Resch <jasonre...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
> On Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
>>
>>
>> I'm giving a talk Monday on why we should be building molten-salt thorium
>> reactors to replace the burning of fossil fuels for electrical power.
>>
>
> Brent,
>
> That sounds awesome.  Where will this talk be, will the presentation be put
> online?
>
> I think the move from fossil fuels to Thorium reactors will have a
> stabilizing effect on world politics.  The U.S. would have little interest
> in the middle east if not for its concern over energy resources.  There is
> 10X the energy in the Thorium contained in coal than we get from burning it,
> and the release of radioactive Thorium (from burning coal) leads to the
> deaths of untold thousands each year.
>
> I think if humanity can survive the next 50 years without destroying
> ourselves, or setting ourselves back into a new dark age, we will be in the
> clear, having surpassed what Carl Sagan called a civilizations technological
> adolescence.  In 50 years from now, it is likely (given current trends) that
> the computational power necessary to emulate a human brain will be very
> cheap and very efficient (more efficient than our current brains which
> require 20 watts of food energy).
>
> Yet, if we can power brains directly with energy (bypassing the
> photosynthesis cycle), we move from needing 1 acre of farmland per person,
> to a 6 by 6 inch square worth of sunlight to power each human brain.
> Instead of using 40% of the Earth's photosynthetic capacity, we would use a
> fraction of a percent, and we would live richer lives than any billionaire
> does today: we could experience anything that anyone might imagine.
> Regenerative medicine (the ability to re-grow tissues and organs) is
> predicted to become mainstream by 2025, so those that can survive the next
> 10 - 15 years could survive for eons.
>
> Jason
>
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