The Future of the 2020s
Director, Sky Power Institute
Joe Jordan, Director of Sky Power Institute, coined the phrase Sky Power! in the 1980’s, when he was working at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California in the Atmospheric Sciences Division. Joe established his sky-power.org domain and launched the Sky Power Institute website in the 1990’s.
Joe worked at NASA for over two decades, providing programming support for principal investigators who are among the world leaders in atmospheric sciences, including Dr. Chris McKay, Dr. Brian Toon, and Dr. Carol Stoker. Some of Joe’s most engaging projects during his tenure at NASA were the Hubble Space Telescope design, the Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO), SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infared Astronomy), the Mars Project at SETI, computational studies of the atmospheric microphysics involved in the stratospheric ozone depletion problem, as well as atmospheric modeling and mission flight support for ongoing investigations of global climate change. The Ozone Hole Research under Dr. Toon led to discovery of the “smoking gun” of ozone depletion and, ultimately, to the passage of the Montreal Protocol, considered by many to be the finest example of international cooperation in human history. Joe was honored to be included as a co-author of a number of papers with Dr. Toon on the chemistry of stratospheric ozone depletion.
Joe served on the international Airborne Arctic Stratospheric Expedition to the north pole in the winter of 1988-89. Other projects during his years at NASA include investigations of aerosols in Titan’s atmosphere, development of multispectral geophysical image processing software in support of the Airborne Sensor Facility, calculations in support of development of a Large Deployable Reflector (LDR) orbiting submillimeter telescope, and network simulations for application to the communications environment on-board the planned space station. His research includes use of artificial-intelligence software to search for new types of infrared astronomical objects from satellite observational databases; the search for extrasolar planets; supernova shockwave calculations; and airborne earth/ocean/atmosphere imaging analysis. With the SETI Institute, Joe has done analysis and color-correction of images sent from the surface of Mars by the Pathfinder/Sojourner lander/rover.
During Joe’s tenure at NASA on the Climate Change research, he became increasingly dissatisfied with the disparity between the consensus of the scientific community regarding Climate Change and the public perception of the issue. Having had first-hand experience of the enormously successful resolution of the ozone depletion problem, he determined to help bridge the media gap between scientific consensus and public perception of Global Climate Change. He began speaking publicly about the issue, and soon was much in demand. The focus of Joe’s talks shifted from an explanation of the problem of climate change to an exploration of the solutions. Today, he works full time as a consultant, teacher, trainer and public speaker, telling the world about Sky Power and the potential of solar and renewable energy to solve our economic problems and meet all of our energy needs, while curbing the impending crisis of global climate chaos.
Throughout his career, Joe has pursued an interest in science education. He has served as a teacher of observational field physics and astronomy for many public and private educational organizations, including the University of California at Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College, the University of Missouri, The Santa Cruz Natural History Association, Lyceum of Santa Clara Valley, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Sierra Pacific Educational Adventures, the Sequoia Natural History Association, Rancho del Oso State Park, Mt. Tamalpais Interpretive Association, and the California Academy of Sciences. Joe has taught science, math, environmental studies, physics, and solar/renewable energy in K-12 classrooms, high schools, colleges and universities. He has delivered his Sky Power curriculum to teachers and administrators across the country, focusing on renewable/efficient energy and its scientific background (both the environmental need and the technological opportunities). He has been a presenter and keynote speaker at a wide range of workshops, seminars and conferences. He has developed and taught numerous professional level renewable energy training programs, and currently teaches at University of California, San Jose State and Cabrillo College.
Joe is an affiliate of ASES (American Solar Energy Society), NCSEA (Northern California Solar Energy Association), and CARET (Consortium for Advancing Renewable Energy Technologies). He serves on the Board of Directors of Ecology Action of Santa Cruz, and has served on the Santa Cruz City Public Works and Transportation Commissions. He is responsible for the first solar installation on a school and on a government building in the county, and continues to actively pursue ways he can help facilitate wider applications of renewables in the public as well as the private sphere.
Joe has always been interested in radio. He broadcast his own show, “Looking Sideways at Science” from the Oberlin College campus in the late 1960’s. Over the years, he has been a frequent guest on radio and TV. Joe has also contributed as a science writer to a number of science radio shows, including the “Field Notes” series on radio station KUSP-FM in Santa Cruz — a program about science, technology, public affairs, and everyday personal experiences of nature. He and the other members of the “Field Notes” production team were awarded the Peabody/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Excellence for a piece they wrote and produced, which was aired nationally on “The DNA Files”. The radio piece, (linked below) “Genetics & Astrobiology: Life: How to Make a Cosmic Omelet”, tells the story of microbes living in Yellowstone hot springs and their possibly close genetic connection to the earliest life forms on this planet. In 2011, Joe presented a TEDx talk in Santa Cruz. A selection of Joe’s media content is available here.
CEO, Arc Fusion
David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning, best-selling author of nine books published in 21 languages. David is CEO and Curator of Arc Fusion, and a Health Strategist in Residence for IDEO. He is a columnist for the Daily Beast and the chief correspondent for NPR Talk’s Biotech Nation. David writes for The New York Times, Atlantic, Fortune, Wired, National Geographic, Discover, and Outside, among others. He is a former commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition and a special correspondent and producer for ABC’s Nightline and 20/20, a former producer for Discovery Channel, and a correspondent for NOVA’s ScienceNow!. His latest book is When I’m 164: The new science of radical life extension, and what happens if it succeeds (TED books). He also wrote Experimental Man: What One Man’s Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World (Wiley). He is the founding director of the Center of Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley, and is on the faculty at Singularity University. David is finishing his first novel, a biomedical thriller. David’s work has won numerous awards, including Magazine Story of the Year from AAAS, and has been nominated twice for a National Magazine Award. He serves on a committee of the National Academies of Sciences. David lives in San Francisco and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.
Founder, Moon Express
Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to solve the world’s biggest challenges through innovation. He is the founder of several successful companies including Moon Express, Viome, Bluedot, TalentWise, Intelius and InfoSpace.
Moon Express is the only company to have permission from the US government to leave earth orbit and land on the moon. We are developing technologies to harvest planetary resources on the moon and developing infrastructure to make humanity a multi-planetary society.
Naveen Jain a trustee of the board at the X PRIZE Foundation where he is focused on finding entrepreneurial solutions to address the global challenges in health, education, women empowerment, agriculture, and energy. He recently launched a million-dollar Women Safety XPRIZE to empower the women around the world.
Naveen Jain is on the board of Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university with the mission to educate and inspire leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges through innovative technologies.
Naveen Jain has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills including “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Albert Einstein Technology Medal” for pioneers in technology, “Humanitarian Innovation Award” at the United Nations, “Distinguished Global Thinker Award” by IILM, “Most inspiring Entrepreneur” by Andaaz TV, “Most admired Serial Entrepreneur” by Silicon India, “Top 20 Entrepreneurs” and “Lifetime Achievement Award” for the leadership in the technology industry and support of other entrepreneurs by Red Herring.
Managing Director, Terasem Movement
Bruce Duncan has been the Managing Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation Inc. since 2004. He has worked in the field of non-profit administration and education for over 25 years. He is repsonsbile to for overseeing the mangagment and implementation of the research and educational outreach of the Lifenaut Project and other programs of the Foundation. He has taught conflict resolution at the University of Vermont and worked at Seeds of Peace, an international peace camp. He is also a filmmaker and has produced several independent films and documentaries.
With his wildly popular US Presidential run as a science candidate, bestselling book The Transhumanist Wager, and powerful speeches at institutions like the World Bank, Zoltan Istvan has literally transformed transhumanism into a thriving worldwide phenomenon. He is often cited as the global leader of the radical science movement. A humanitarian activist and former journalist for National Geographic, Zoltan has been compared in major media to a young Al Gore and described as a modern-day Ayn Rand.
Bina48 is one of the worlds most advanced social robots based on a composite of information from several people including, Bina Aspen, co-founder of the Terasem Movement. She was created using video interview transcripts, laser scanning life mask technology, face recognition, artificial intelligence and voice recognition technologies. As an “ambassador” for the LifeNaut project, Bina48 is designed to be a social robot that can interact based on information, memories, values, and beliefs collected about an actual person.
As such, Bina48 is an early demonstration of the Terasem Hypothesis, which states:
1) A conscious analog of a person may be created by combining sufficiently detailed data about the person (a mindfile) using future consciousness software (mindware).
2) That such a conscious analog can be downloaded into a biological or nanotechnological body to provide life experiences comparable to those of a typically birthed human.
CEO, JUST (formerly Hampton Creek)