Wed, 23 July 2014
Antimatter may ultimately become a means of storing vast amounts of energy in a very compact form. Utilizing it in practical ways may take decades, maybe a century or more. Our speakers will describe what we have done already, what engineering difficulties lie ahead, and what the benefits may be if we succeed. Our speakers are: Jim Beall, David L. Burkhead, and Dr. Charles E. Gannon.
Jim Beall has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years. His experience in engineering and power systems began as a naval officer. After the USN he worked in design, construction, inspection, and assessment at a nuclear utility and at an architectural engineering firm before joining the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC).
David L. Burkhead is a physicist working in surface science and Atomic Force Microscopy, which is a field of study within Nanotechnology. He has published a number of technical and popular science articles as well as a number of SF&F stories.
Dr. Charles E. Gannon was a Distinguished Professor of English at St. Bonaventure University and a Fulbright Senior Specialist (2004-2009). As a member of the think-tank SIGMA, he has advised the Pentagon, Air Force, Army, NATO, DARPA, DHS, NASA, and other agencies. His earlier credits include film and TV writing & production in NYC. These days he is principally known as a New York Times bestselling author.
Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 23, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 60 minutes] This panel was recorded in front of an audience on June 28, 2014 in Chattanooga TN at the SF&F convention LibertyCon.
Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.