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Nuclear Fusion - Anticipating the aftershocks
KEI NETWORK webinar's video link
December 17th, 2022
Energy is relevant to everyone, yes everyone on earth. Energy - the world’s largest multi-$Trillion economy and central to the world’s geo-political balance. Energy we need it. We consume it - for power or heat. We produce and distribute it for fueling the economy. There are few places on earth where energy is as relevant as it is to Alberta.
Alberta is a geo-political force in the world’s energy economy. As a major producer and distributor of energy - namely its oil and gas industry, Alberta is central to both Canada and the United States economies. Alberta - like the rest of Canada, is also a major energy consumer given their northern climate.
So it comes as no surprise that this weeks announced “breakthrough” in fusion energy would attract the interest of Alberta and worldwide. What does come as a surprise - to me at least, and hence the subject of the December 17th webinar, is that there has been so little discussion about the impact and aftershocks of fusion becoming the source of energy for the future, that is just what are the expected social, economic, and geo-political impacts of fusion for energy.
We cast a question out to you and the KEI Network to learn your views of the implication of abundant energy as expected through fusion. Many replies addressed the timing and technical science and engineering challenges of fusion. Overall - see below, they viewed development of fusion energy as having the potential to revolutionize the energy industry with a positive impact on both the environment and the economy. The December 17th Nuclear Fusion webinar echoed these sentiments.
The webinar’s recording can be viewed HERE featuring a brief introduction about fusion by the invited guest – Dr. Allan Offenberger, professor emeritus and world renown researcher and advocate for fusion energy. His presentation is followed by a Q&A of the KEI Network’s moderated by Perry Kinkaide exploring the future, the changes including any social, economic, or geo-political, and any aftershocks we might anticipate when fusion is available and accessible, and as promised clean and safe.
RESULTS of the KEI Network Survey (December 15th) - IMAGINING THE IMPLICATIONS OF ACHIEVING ENERGY ABUNDANCE
Today the world over is wrestling with the challenges of energy security and an energy transition from high carbon sources to a low-carbon future. Thinking beyond these challenges, imagine a world where there is an abundance of clean and safe, affordable and accessible energy everywhere for everyone. In thinking about such a future - What challenges, opportunities and risks does such a future present? Let us know of your views by replying to Editor@KEInetwork.net
We applied the survey feedback for analysis to Bearly AI - the new new Artificial Intelligence research tool for reading and writing. Here is the executive summary:
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