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Living in a World of Energy Contradictions

Speaker: Sean Collins

Sean Collins

Sean Collins

President, Terrapin Geothermics

Collins focuses on transforming the global energy system through his work with geothermal energy. He also co-founded Student Energy, a charitable organization with presence in more than 80 countries.

Sean Collins

President, Terrapin Geothermics

Living in a World of Energy Contradictions

This session will explore how far away we are from energy abundance and why the reality of today is as important as the vision of the future.

Key Takeaways:

  • Energy is the mother of all tradeoffs.
  • No decision in energy is purely black and white.
  • Energy is both intensely emotional and somewhat irrational.
  • With projects becoming more nuanced than ever, our attention spans have never been shorter.

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The Future of Energy

Speaker: Ramez Naam

Ramez Naam

Ramez Naam

Energy & Environmental Systems, Singularity University

Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist, and award-winning author.

Ramez Naam

Energy & Environmental Systems, Singularity University

The Future of Energy

The exponential curve of energy technology and what that will mean to our economy and our world.

Key Takeaways:

  • The fossil fuel industry is being disrupted by innovation.
  • The price of solar, wind, batteries, and electric vehicles have all plunged rapidly and will continue to plunge.
  • The coal industry is the first of the three fossil fuel industries to be affected – with disruption and bankruptcies occurring already.
  • Oil is next on the horizon, with efficiency, automation, transport-as-a-service, and electrification all leading to peak oil demand in the next 10-20 years.
  • Declining oil demand will lead to low global oil prices, with enormous ramifications for oil-exporting nations (like Canada).
  • Businesses and nations who ignore the energy transition stand to suffer drastic economic losses. Those who embrace it stand poised to reap a share in a multi-trillion dollar new market.

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Programming Life

Speaker: Raymond McCauley

Raymond McCauley

Raymond McCauley

Founding Faculty, Digital Biology Chair, Singularity U

Raymond is a systems biologist, bioinformaticist, biophysicist, computer scientist, and storyteller who was on the team that invented next-generation DNA sequencing.

Raymond McCauley

Founding Faculty, Digital Biology Chair, Singularity U

Programming Life

What happens when biology becomes digital and can be programmed like personal computers and smartphones?

Key Takeaways: 

  • Learn about the difference between digital biology and old-school biology.
  • Reading DNA — dropping costs; medical and consumer examples; biodefense; future uses.
  • Writing DNA — as a coding exercise; CRISPR/Cas9; examples in industry, food, medicine, humans, environment; ethics.
  • Hacking Biology — biohackspeaces; as education; as invention hubs; as innovation; local examples; how to participate.
  • What will the trends in digital biology mean for our jobs, our families, our lives, and ourselves? What’s coming next?

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