Broadcast 2937 Barry Levin

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Guest:  Barry Levin:  Topics: Our continuation of the discussion on 4th Industrial Revolution and the role of the space industry.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,   Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See  

We welcomed Barry Levin back to the program for a 99 minute two segment updated discussion on the space industry and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  For the first segment, Barry reintroduced us to the topic, outlining the issues, the concerns, the technology, the role of government, general industry, technology and of course the space industry.  Barry illustrated his points with subtopics such as going back to the Moon, going to Mars, and how we might use the traditional aerospace industry to help in the transition, including helping out in educating people as the transition heats up.

Later in the first segment, we started taking questions.  Joe in Phoenix suggested Barry might be putting too much responsibility on the space industry for helping out in the coming transition.  He also read an email about the reasons for spaceflight by former astronaut Dr. Phil Chapman.  Don't miss what Barry said in response to Joe's comment.

Adrian sent in the first of several emails illustrating a skeptical position to what Barry was talking about and also what he said later in the show.  You do not want to miss what Barry said in response to the points Adrian made in his first email.

Adrian's comments took us into the medical sector of the economy. Barry said the medical, space, and educational sectors were the three sectors not experiencing exponential growth. Don't miss this important part of our discussion which took us to the end of the first segment.

In the second segment, we talked about the need to find the people that wanted to be helped as not everyone will want to change and be reeducated.  Adrian sent in his second note which addressed Barry's earlier comments in the first segment about the IBM Watson which Barry said would revolutionize medical diagnosis.  Again, Adrian was skeptical due to the high cost of a Watson, the operating and maintenance costs, etc.  Don't miss what Barry said in response to Adrian's skeptical email. 

Our next topic dealt with the new nuclear power plants and here Barry talked about revolutionary manufacturing techniques to make nuclear power plans as modular thus greatly reducing their costs and technology risks.  Adrian sent in a note on this too but here, Barry, in support of the risks Adrian mentioned, said that new designs using 4th Industrial Revolution technology and techniques addresses the concerns Adrian mentioned.  He also suggested that critics should be involved in many of these new technology projects, have a type of oversight responsibility Don't miss all of this discussion.

Barry talked about using cryptocurrency such as Bitcom.  He explained this along with his suggestion that cryptocurrency could even be used to motivate kids to do well in school.  He explained the use of this type of currency and why it would be needed in this changing and transitional time.  In addition, Barry talked about the "internet of things."  Simply put, this is the idea that any electric device will ultimately have an internet connection which will lead to massive Big Data with amazing and most useful databases.  This will lead to more interactive technologies.  He said people would be able to learn these technologies and make use of them as work was being redefined, a topic he spoke about later in this segment.

Katherine sent in an email asking Barry to consolidate the discussion so far to help her in understanding it in a logical way since she thought we were doing too much jumping around. Barry did a good job of bringing it all together so don't miss his response to Katherine.

Before the show ended we talked about job displacement problems due to this new transition.  The topic of new institutions came up, we talked about Crisper and Odin and a type of do it yourself genetic engineering with the Odin kits.  For more information, see site. I will work to get their founder on the show so look for that program in the schedule and the newsletter.  Finally, we discussed doing Space Show visual learning and demo programs for some of the topics Barry talked about it. We would like your feedback about this. Would these programs interest you? That would you like to see in such a learning Space Show program?  Please let us know on the blog.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog. You can reach Barry through me.  




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26 Jun 2017 Barry Levin
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