Reflection by RYAN S.
Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:
From the beginning of time humanity has derived its power from the objects around it. We used animals to carry ourselves, we used wind to power our ships as they blew across the water, wood, coal, and oil, have been used to power turbines, and create our electricity. And finally there is the sun. We have used the sun in the past as a source of warmth, as a way to measure time, and now…we use it as a source of fuel.
In many ways we have always used the sun as fuel… the three examples i used above; oil, coal, and wood, all depend on the sun ofr its formation. In a way we have simply been moving up the chart of more pure uses of the sun’s energy, from wood, to coal, to oil, and now directly from the sun itself.
The first thing I found interesting about the video was the developmental process for which they decided to use the machine (ergo: the shape of the mirrors, the angle they should reflect, etc…). Maybe it’s because I’ve grown up in a world of instant solutions, where things like this are an everyday possibility, but their final design (the one with the auto correcting mirrors), seemed very obvious to me. As if the solution was right there and they just seemed to miss it.
Another thing I enjoyed about this video was the decision process for which energy converter to use. The idea of balancing the factors, which would produce the maximum energy, for the least cost. The thought that since the sun is free to supply energy, the only cost would be the up front investment of the device itself.
Out of everything I saw in the video, There was one thing, that truly seemed to stand out, something that seemed almost Ted worthy in and of itself. AT the age of fifteen, This man, Bill Gross, had made a plan for a soared powered energy converter, made his company “Solar Devices”, and sold his designs to make enough money to pay his way through college. His beginning three minute intro, was perhaps the most interesting tale he told.
Bill Gross, like so many on Ted, is one of the few geniuses in our world today. His hard work, and intelligence has allowed him to build a genuinely efficient design, for practically unlimited free energy. If that isn’t the quality of a genius, I’m not sure what is.