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So long
Leonard Nimoy/
Ambassador Spock/
William Bell.
Sometimes I think I was born too early. This world seems far too primitive to be my time.

The one thing that makes me feel I was born in the right time was meeting face to face and speaking with people who, no matter how long humanity survives, will still be inspiring and delighting humans, even hundreds or thousands of years from now.

The first was Buckminster Fuller, who left us July 1, 1983.

The second was Isaac Asimov, who went into the void April 6, 1992.

And yesterday the third, Leonard Nimoy.

Nimoy played two great roles. The first was as the single most relatable alien and alien/human hybrid, the ultimate guy to have your back. The other was as a man who found the way to open doors to parallel universes.

I am happy and grateful I had a chance to tell him how his work inspired me and several of my friends. I am also happy to know that there are aspects of his life that will live on, inspiring hundreds of millions of us in the years to come to boldly go where we have not gone before.

(Tell me that Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Bob Metcalfe, Vint Cerf, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Serge Brin were not inspired by Nimoy's portrayal of Spock, for starters, not to mention every astronaut!)

So farewell to the man who made so many of come to be at peace with feeling like alien/human hybrids.
Mr. Nimoy won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-Vulcan first officer in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek.”
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Teasing the Wolf with Nuclear Booth Babes:
Absurdity of US/Israel policy vs. nuclear power in Iran
By now you have heard many times that the U.S. and Israel do not want Iran to have nuclear reactors because, obviously, the reason a nation wants nuclear power is to have nuclear weapons.

This week I was 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Iran - less if you count the Thumb Islands claimed by Iran - at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

Look at the pictures: Korea and Japan (among others) are pimping reactors to anyone and everyone.

The Toshiba salesman implied I could buy one for the show special price of $1 billion.

Do you think I am joking?

This is actually a steal of a nuke deal: Abu Dhabi has purchased five nuclear reactors (from Korea, probably because Koreans use nuclear booth babes - so sorry, Japan) for $35 billion.

One of these reactors is just going to desalinate water for the other four. When these are finished in 2022, the price of electricity from them will be over 30 cents a kilowatt-hour.

Meanwhile, my solar company, Everblaze, would be delighted to provide solar photovoltaics around Abu Dhabi for 5 cents a kWh, or less and to sign a contract now to provide solar electricity from 2022 at 1 cent a kWh. And we probably aren't the only ones.
Abu Dhabi has a million people but roughly 75 to 100 billion barrels of conventional oil reserves. That's enough at current production to last nearly the rest of this century.

So what does Abu Dhabi need with five nuclear reactors? And why are people so crazed about Iran getting nuclear reactors but have no concerns about Iran's Lilliputian neighbors getting nukes?

Do I have to spell it out?

Iran could take over Abu Dhabi or Kuwait or Bahrain or Qatar in a couple days. They are closer to Iran, with its population of 77 million, than Las Vegas is to LA or Reno is to San Francisco.
If the US really doesn't want Iran to have nuclear power, it should stop the sales of nuclear reactors to Iran's neighbors that are a stone's throw away.
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Make your networks bigger, more diverse, weird, and open, and stay rabidly curious.
I really love this essay. Definitely worth taking ten minutes to read and five minutes to share it widely.

The observations I just read here make me very happy to be a leader, executive, writer, speaker, mentor, and attendee of widely and wildly diverse organizations and events around the world.

I can see several ways to apply these insights to the success of, the secure collaboration and social media software company that goes into open beta this Monday, January 19.

I now see that Witkit will give professional boosts
by helping people to increase the diversity, serendipity, synchronicity, and openness of their networks...that is, to move them to the left of the graphic in this essay.

A ha!

We can measure the diversity of different networks via "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon"-style friends-of-friends links between kits. What lessons can you immediately apply from this essay?

For the what it's worth, I am chairman of Witkit, Everblaze, and GINET, a mentor with Founder Institute, and on the board or advisory board of four other organizations, with very little overlap. Subjectively, I place myself on the left-most 1% of the continuum graphed.
It has been over three years since Steve Jobs died. Since then, books have been written and movies have been made. Each has celebrated his legacy and aimed to share the secrets he used to build the largest company in the world; things like attention to detail, attracting world-class talent and holding [...]
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Solar Industry Creating Jobs 20x Faster Than Overall Economy
Wow wow wow!!!
Read this read this read this!!!
I was asked by the only honest same uncorrupted environmentalist candidate for US president how to create jobs, and I asked a question:

"Are you willing to be known as the solar president?"

These new numbers are spectacular! And look at the comparison with coal (an industry that will be dead and buried within ten years - see my TEDx talk) and oil and gas pipelines (which will not be built after 2030 in the US): those numbers are guaranteed to be negative for 2015 (guaranteed by me) while solar will still grow in 2015.

Read this • read this • read this!!!

The Census found that the US solar industry employed 173,807 Americans in 2014, a figure that includes the addition of more than 31,000 solar jobs over the previous year, representing 21.8% growth in solar industry employment since November 2013. Solar employment grew nearly 20 times faster than the national average employment growth rate of 1.1% in the same period.
The solar installation sector is already larger than well-established sectors of fossil fuel generation, such as coal mining (93,185 jobs). The solar installation sector added nearly 50% more jobs in 2014 than the total created by both the oil and gas pipeline construction industry (10,529), and the crude petroleum and natural gas extraction industry (8,688). Solar employers are also optimistic about 2015, expecting to add another 36,000 jobs over the coming year.
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Michio Kaku Warning
That's the best metaphor you can come up with? A cliche? How about... like an alien* taking charge of space travel to extinguish the possibility of humans seeking out new worlds and going boldly where no Republican has gone before?

*Cruz wasn't born in the US. I have no idea why he is seen as a presidential candidate.
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This guy deserves a beating as does anyone behind him. 
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U.S. Central Command's Twitter and YouTube Accounts Hacked by ISIS Sympathizers
First reason i've had to visit Twitter in a long time.
The Twitter account for U.S. Central Command was suspended Monday after it was hacked by ISIS sympathizers -- but no classified information was obtained and no military networks were compromised, defense officials said.
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Solar Tree: “evrTree” from Everblaze
Behold the beauty and majesty of the evrTree, from Everblaze. Coming soon to a city near you.

The finished evrTree will have solar photovoltaic panels in these frames and will enable people in cities to have their lights at night and to recharge their phones and EVs 24/7/365 from ambient sunlight captured by the big PV “leaves,” for a high tech form of synthetic photosynthesis.

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+Alex Lightman I suspect manufacturing and supply chain dependencies (at this current moment) have us locked into a square/rectangle world?  +Todd McKissick  this circular forms, Alex had posted this image which had been bouncing around the net for years.  Also if you input 'solar tree' here in G+ you'll see a number of other elliptical and other forms, though mostly illustration.  Also this project by Southern Energy Management and solar double cropping applications is notable
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January 23 is a probing day for humanity.
Today in History: Man Reached New Depths in Traveling Opposing Directions
On January 23, 1960 — 55 years ago today — the Bathyscaphe Trieste, a deep-diving, self-propelled submersible, made a record-breaking dive to the “Challenger Deep” in the Mariana Trench of the Pacific Ocean — to a record depth of 35,797 feet (nearly 7 miles or 11 kilometers).

On January 23, 2003 — 12 years ago today — Pioneer 10, the first spacecraft to achieve escape velocity from the Solar System, stopped sending radio signals, because it lost electric power for its radio transmitter, after it had traveled some 7.5 billion miles (12 billion kilometers) from Earth.

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•The Trieste’s Deepest Dive:
•Pioneer 10 and 11 — Exploration of the Planets:
•Origin Story of Carl Sagan’s Plaque on Pioneer 10:


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•Bathscaphe Trieste [Left]: Image is the production of a sailor or employee of the U.S. Navy, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.
•Pioneer 10 [Right]: By Don Davis for NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Elon Musk: Very Smart Fellow
Elon Musk and Max Tegmak are very smart. Koreans say, "Smart is the new sexy." So hopefully you find this video sexy (less than 8 minutes).
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Love Musk's approach, Tegmark however.....
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Solar Solution for 1.2 Billion People without Electric Light
Wonderful 7 minute video that will give you hope for the future and respect for these entrepreneurs. Includes touching scenes from post-quake Haiti and the Masai in Kenya.
New York City-based MPOWERD's Luci lantern could be an efficient, low-cost, and environmentally sustainable alternative lighting solution to millions of people living off the grid.
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Fossil fuel-free world followers wanted
Who will follow me to a world that is fossil fuel free?
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"When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in."
All fine and good but the "doing something great part" is open to interpretation. It's how whack-job leaders attract nutters to their fcked up cause. 
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The evrTree at night, renewable energy delight.
What better way for cities to light the path of citizens than to gather photonic dividends, storing solar rays all day so the people can come out after dark and play?
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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    J. F. K. School of Government, 82
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
    International Business, 82
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    Innovation policy, 80
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Open for discussion about science, technology, innovation, Transhumanism, the future, science fiction, and economic development
5K friends on Facebook. Author of 1st book on 4G - Brave New Unwired World: The Digital Big Bang and the Infinite Internet, John Wiley, 2002 - and the book Reconciliation: 78 Reasons to End The US Embargo of Cuba. Currently writing national innovation plans focused on accelerating the transfer of science and technology to society.
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Oct. 21, 2011 received the first and so far only ECONOMIST Reader's Award, on behalf of 4G, voted by world as "the innovation most likely to radically change the world over the next decade 2011-2020", at the end of a process that started with 4,000 proposed innovations. Have published over a million words about the future without any major mistakes. Finished 15 marathons in the last three years. Can leg press and calf press over 700 lbs. and have lifted over 20 different random people from the ground to over my head in the last year.
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