Humanity is on the cusp of practically limitless energy via nuclear fusion and basically nobody is talking about it, which is nuts.

I left working in fusion because I was skeptical of the field's ability to progress, but my mind has totally changed (1/n)
Humans have built >100 tokamak fusion devices, which use magnets to confine and heat fusion fuel. We've hit a peak energy out/energy in (Q) of ~.67

Empirically, it turns out that Q scales *kind of* with the magnetic field cubed. 2x the magnetic field, 8x the efficiency. (2/n)
WELL, recent advances in mass manufacturing high temperature superconductors make WAY higher magnetic fields possible, and hence make Q >> 1 fusion possible! (3/n)
Of course it's still a *massive* effort to pull this off, but it's now more of an engineering + business problem than a science problem, and companies like @CFS_energy are well on their way to solving it.

Fusion's no longer 'always 30 years away' (4/n)
Two of the biggest questions society faces are where to get energy and what to do with it.
It's vogue to talk about how we may build AGI to revolutionize how we answer the latter, but few are excited that fusion is so close to making the former practically a non-issue (5/n)
And as someone that's worked in both, limitless energy by fusion is WAY closer to being 'solved' than AGI is. More people should be excited. (6/n)
Like the AI space, there's a fair amount of BS and noise in the commercial fusion space right now, but there's also way more clearly defined signal. Some teams with good theoretically + empirically informed approaches, and tractable plans to execute. (7/n)
And just imagine what possibilities it could unlock for humanity in the limit... fusion drives are practically a necessity for us to become an interstellar civilization. They run on stardust, and there's not much else other than that out in deep space. (8/n)

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Going away for a long weekend with people makes you bond so much closer with them vs. something like hanging out from time to time/traditional friendmaking. Even if you sit around doing remote work or doing nothing most of the time. Seems like something people should do more of.
Did this recently with a group of people and even though I spent maybe only a few hours with each person individually, walking in nature or just working at a table together, I feel WAY closer with them vs. if we had gotten dinner and had deep conversation 5 times over 6 months
Makes me wonder if this is an instantiation of some evolutionarily-motivated social primitive that paid huge dividends in historical social groups.
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