Ep2: Power Dynamics
Saving Polar Bears, Laser Weapons, and a Looming Battle between Global Superpowers.
In this week’s episode, we dive into batteries: that invisible technology we all take for granted. More than simply recharging your devices, batteries are reshaping entire industries including travel, entertainment, weapons, and more.
- Personal: How have batteries influenced our social behavior? Do you suffer from “low battery anxiety?” I’ll share a few ways batteries have influenced our culture and even our language.
- Industry: From renewable energy to entertainment, batteries are creating exciting new opportunities. I’ll look at a few markets that are set to rake in billions of dollars in annual revenues.
- Global: Are we heading towards a global arms race for battery technology? I’ll show you two big moves that China has made in the last two years that’s setting the stage for competition.
Oh, and we’ll also tackle the emergence of laser weapons!
- China’s lithium investments in 2017
- LG Battery Anxiety Report
- Mark Changizi and the evolution of color vision in primates
- US Energy Information predictions
- 530 Million Cars on the road by 2040
- Lithium Ion Waste Issues
- How do batteries affect the environment
- Environmental Problems caused by Batteries
- The next supersonic airliner could be battery powered
- Why 2025 Matters: Electric Flight
- Laser Weapons!
- Battery Powered Societies (Foreign Affairs Long Read)
Media Used in the Podcast
- Dead Battery Song
- Energizer Bunny
- Elon Musk Introducing Power Wall 2
- Battery remix song
- CNN: Navy Testing Laser Weapons
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