future of energy

Futurist Speaker Thomas Frey

Author of the 2011 book “Communicating with the Future,” Futurist Speaker Thomas Frey is a powerful visionary who is revolutionizing our thinking about the future of education.

Thomas is the Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, and is currently Google’s top-rated futurist speaker.

Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, the Boulder Daily Camera has referred to him as the “Father of Invention” while The Denver Post and Seattle Post Intelligencer have referred to him as the “Dean of Futurists”.

Thomas has been featured in hundreds of articles for both national and international publications including New York Times, Huffington Post, Times of India, USA Today, and US News and World Report.

Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Thomas spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer.

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Photo of me demonstrating an unusual thermoelectric generator
with NY Times Correspondent Matthew Wald.

TOPIC: The Future of Energy

Recent Papers

Dismantling of our Power Industry infrastructure(Published in FuturistSpeaker.com)

As a society, we have been conditioned to think that electric power is a scarce commodity. Twenty years ago we also thought information storage was a scarce commodity. Now we don’t even bat an eye when we store large photos or videos on our computers.

Over time, the price of power will begin to drop. As we’ve shown with progressively cheaper storage, usage will dramatically increase.

Rather than setting the thermostat to 62 degrees and freezing during the winter, what if we could set the temperature at a truly comfortable degree and not stress about going broke from it or overconsuming?

Being cost conscious of every kwh we use, we have gone through a period of sealing our houses to the point where they can no longer breath. A tightly sealed house creates a very polluted environment with the natural outgassing and chemical emissions of carpet, furniture, paint, and cooking products getting embedded in every wall. With this in mind, a draftier house can actually be a healthier house, and lower cost energy will radically realign our thinking in this area.  (continue reading…)

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