Monday, November 07, 2005

Welcome to iNuclear

Technology magazines often list the top 10 or 15 exciting technologies predicted to be “big” in the next decade. But there’s one technology which never makes the list, despite the fact that it's already a huge world player, is entering a period of rapid technological improvement, and will likely revolutionize a large swaths of human civilization. Of course, we’re talking about nuclear power…the next, most exciting growth phase of nuclear power.

There is still debate whether nuclear power is “dead” or “rising from the dead.” In fact, nuclear energy was never dead; it was never even close to dead. The slowdown of nuclear construction in the past 30 years was simply a natural, normal hiatus in the inevitable growth of a key human technology.

Here at iNuclear we'll be watching this renewal, especially as it relates to the world of high technology.

Here are some predictions:

• Nuclear technology is in a period of rapid advancement, with great gains being made in waste output, fuel usage, and safety which will bypass or eliminate most of the public’s worries about the technology. In the next 20 years, even greater improvements are on the horizon.

• In our globalized, high-tech civilization—with nanotechnolgy, biotechnology, quantum computers, and tourist hotels in space—nuclear power will be accepted as a reasonable, non-controversial, and appropriate power source to keep civilization humming. Our grandchildren will wonder what all the fuss was about.

• We’re becoming painfully aware of our effect on the ecosystem, with global warming, acid oceans, and all the rest. Nuclear power will be seen as the obvious and straightforward way for the humanity to reduce it’s footprint on the surface of the planet.

• Nuclear power will become the key way to supply the insatiable, overwhelming thirst for energy from nations such as China and India. This will be seen as a good way to lessen rising tension between nations, who otherwise would be contesting scarce oil and gas sources

• The many billions of people in these nations, finally pulling themselves out of poverty and experiencing freedom from hunger and cold, will see nuclear power as an integral and essential part of their success. Widespread prosperity will cause human population levels to stabilize or decline.


At 1:10 AM, Blogger Rod Adams said...

Exciting introduction to your blog. I look forward to seeing what you have to say about the amazing new technologies that are going to be introduced as more people develop ways to use the incredible properties of the atomic nucleus.

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Tom Benson said...

Thanks Rod, I look forward to plenty of good discussions about the nuclear future!


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