Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030

Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030

Sep 17

We are on the cusp of one of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruptions of transportation in history. By 2030, within 10 years of regulatory approval of autonomous vehicles (AVs), 95% of U.S. passenger miles traveled will be served by on-demand autonomous electric vehicles owned by fleets, not individuals, in a new business model we call “transportas-a-service” (TaaS). The TaaS disruption will have enormous implications across the transportation and oil industries, decimating entire portions of their value chains, causing oil demand and prices to plummet, and destroying trillions of dollars in investor value — but also creating trillions of dollars in new business opportunities, consumer surplus and GDP growth…

Ray Kurzweil: Self-Driving Cars & Other Predictions

Ray Kurzweil: Self-Driving Cars & Other Predictions

Apr 23

In a wide-ranging speech in front of a standing-room crowd at the SAE World Congress Ray Kurzweil describes how and why he sees technology impacting our lives over the next 30 years and beyond…

Al Gore: From Doom & Gloom To Positively Upbeat

Al Gore: From Doom & Gloom To Positively Upbeat

Mar 28

EXCERPT: “Investment in renewable energy sources like wind and solar is skyrocketing as their costs plummet… Experts predicted in 2000 that wind generated power worldwide would reach 30 gigawatts; by 2010, it was 200 gigawatts, and by last year it reached nearly 370, or more than 12 times higher. Installations of solar power would add one new gigawatt per year by 2010, predictions in 2002 stated. It turned out to be 17 times that by 2010 and 48 times that amount last year…”

Warka Water: Clean Water Out of Thin Air (Updated)

Warka Water: Clean Water Out of Thin Air (Updated)

Jul 11

Designer Arturo Vittori’s innovative invention can provide remote villages with more than 25 gallons of clean drinking water per day…

Elon Musk Bets On Solar & Battery Tech

Elon Musk Bets On Solar & Battery Tech

Jun 17

Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories “an order of magnitude” bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels. Musk’s future customers could ignore traditional energy companies completely. They would have SolarCity panels on their roof that would generate enough power to also charge up a Tesla in the garage. A Tesla battery could then power the home at night with stored solar power…

Elon Musk: ‘All Our Patent Are Belong To You’

Elon Musk: ‘All Our Patent Are Belong To You’

Jun 12

Want to start your own electric car company? You now have the technology to do so. Tesla has made the unorthodox move of pledging not to pursue litigation against any company that uses its technology “in good faith”…

Great Ideas: Solar Roadways (Updated)

Great Ideas: Solar Roadways (Updated)

Jun 03

Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds… literally any surface under the sun. They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots. A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole. They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a “home” for power and data cables. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving…

Showtime To Launch Landmark Climate TV Series

Showtime To Launch Landmark Climate TV Series

Jan 15

This April, Showtime will start airing its ground-breaking climate change TV series. Nothing like this 8-part series has ever been put on TV before, a collaboration between the amazing storytellers mentioned above and top-flight journalists (like Chris Hayes, Lesley Stahl, and Tom Friedman) and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars (like Matt Damon, Ian Somerholder, Don Cheadle, Olivia Munn, and Harrison Ford). They provide gripping reports of people affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change…

Massive Solar Flare Narrowly Misses Earth, EMP Disaster Barely Avoided (Updated)

Massive Solar Flare Narrowly Misses Earth, EMP Disaster Barely Avoided (Updated)

Aug 02

The earth barely missed taking a massive solar punch in the teeth two weeks ago, an “electromagnetic pulse” so big that it could have knocked out power, cars and iPhones throughout the United States. Two EMP experts told Secrets that the EMP flashed through earth’s typical orbit around the sun about two weeks before the planet got there. “The world escaped an EMP catastrophe,” said Henry Cooper, who led strategic arms negotiations with the Soviet Union under President Reagan, and who now heads High Frontier, a group pushing for missile defense…

New UFO Documentary: ‘Sirius’ (Updated)

New UFO Documentary: ‘Sirius’ (Updated)

Apr 23

’Sirius,’ reportedly the highest documentary crowd-funding raise in history, explores UFO and ET visitations and “the advanced, clean, and alternative energy technology that’s getting them here”. The film debutes April 22.

GravityLight: Light for the Developing World

GravityLight: Light for the Developing World

Jan 23

As part of a research initiative on how to harness off-grid energy for low-power electronics, a pair of U.K.-based designers created a lamp that uses gravity to generate light…

WakaWaka Power

WakaWaka Power

Jan 14

WakaWaka Power is a super efficient personal solar power station that charges your iPhone and any other smartphone or shines 40 hours of excellent reading light, all on just one day of solar charge. A lifesaver for those without electricity. For every WakaWaka Power sold during this pre-sale campaign the creators of WakaWaka will give two WakaWaka Lights (lights only) to Haiti, where 370,000 people still live in makeshift shelters without electricity…

New Movie: ‘Promised Land’

New Movie: ‘Promised Land’

Sep 28

Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company’s expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt). Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge…

LIFX: The Light Bulb Reinvented

LIFX: The Light Bulb Reinvented

Sep 23

LIFX is the smartest light bulb ever created. It’s a wifi-enabled, energy efficient, multi-colored bulb that you control with your iPhone or Android. LIFX gives you unprecedented control of your lights, reduces your energy costs, lasts up to 25 years and delivers an amazing range of experiences…

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Aug 21

A collection of our favorite TED videos…

Bunker Roy: Barefoot College

Bunker Roy: Barefoot College

Nov 20

In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men — many of them illiterate — to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It’s called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works…

Michael Pawlyn: Using Nature’s Genius In Architecture

Michael Pawlyn: Using Nature’s Genius In Architecture

Nov 10

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun…

The Urban Farming Guys

The Urban Farming Guys

Sep 28

The Urban Farming Guys is a band of pioneers, farmers, and fans, running hard to put the most innovative, accessible, low tech and reproducible solutions for self sustaining community into the hands of everyday people from the inner-cities to the Nations. Beginning with energy, agriculture, and housing technologies, we are beating a path for communities and villages to thrive in any economy. And we are putting videos, diagrams, principals, parts lists and full technology into your hands in our open source knowledge base. Next we are putting them to the test in the hostile environment of the inner city of Kansas City as 20 families now have acquired homes and land within a 5 block radius of each other in Lykins Neighborhood as our first prototype of Sustainable Community. And Lastly to establish a sustainability school and training center…

Dickson Despommier & Vertical Farms

Dickson Despommier & Vertical Farms

Aug 16

Dickson Despommier is the Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Microbiology at Columbia University, and the vertical farming concept grew out of a medical ecology course he taught in 1999. Articles about the subject have been published in The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Popular Science, Scientific American and Maxim. Dickson talks about Vertical Farming: A 21st century hunger and conservation solution that promises, urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal farming…

Can Algae Save The Planet?

Can Algae Save The Planet?

Aug 12

Winter sunlight streams through the glass roof onto rows of long, white troughs filled with algae and seawater. A little water wheel in each trough turns to keep the liquid circulating and the growing cells evenly exposed to light and to carbon dioxide-enriched air. Computers maintain a constant temperature. Giant transparent bags of algae varieties waiting to be tested hang from metal beams. Someday algae could replace oil wells, free the planet from its dependency on fossil fuels and create a near-endless supply of energy…

Poop Fuels Hydrogen Cars

Poop Fuels Hydrogen Cars

Aug 11

An experimental fuel cell at a wastewater treatment plant in California is turning poop flushed down the drain into hydrogen fuel for cars. The novel fuel cell converts biogas — methane — produced in digesters at the plant into heat, electricity and hydrogen. The heat is fed back to the digesters, the electricity powers the plant, and the hydrogen is fuel for cars…

Dubai Weather Wizards Create Rain In Desert

Dubai Weather Wizards Create Rain In Desert

Jul 20

A Swiss company called Meteo Systems has developed a technology called Weathertec that uses giant ionizers to make rain. If the ambient humidity in the area reaches the required minimum of 30%, then you turn the ionizers on and start pumping electrons into the atmosphere. Assuming that you have high temperatures, the electrons will rise with the heat and water molecules will start condensing around them. At this point, you have clouds that will produce rain once they are dense enough…

Homegrown Revolution (Award-Winning 2009 Short Film)

Homegrown Revolution (Award-Winning 2009 Short Film)

Jun 08

Homegrown Revolution is a short film that was never created for a film festival circuit but has a true homegrown, homemade story behind its creation. The original version of Homegrown Revolution was made in three days for a lecture Jules Dervaes gave at the University of California Los Angeles in October 2007 on the topic of Slow Food. It received a wildly enthusiastic response from the students and, subsequently, attracted an avid following on YouTube, with over 500,000 views to date. This new version of Homegrown Revolution was created in 2009 and went on to screen at many film festivals throughout the world…

Urban Homestead’s New YouTube Channel

Urban Homestead’s New YouTube Channel

Jun 08

Urban Homestead now has a channel on YouTube…

GE: Solar Cheaper Than Oil In 5 Years

GE: Solar Cheaper Than Oil In 5 Years

May 26

Solar power may be cheaper than electricity generated by fossil fuels and nuclear reactors within three to five years because of innovations, said Mark M. Little, the global research director for General Electric Co. (GE)…