FTP010: Nikola Danaylov from Singularity 1 on 1 – Shaping Our Own Future

The future is something that is often looked at in one of two ways. There are people who embrace it and look forward to the opportunities it presents. While there are others that wait in fear of what’s to come. To a certain extent, some of these fears are valid when we look at the negative effects that some technological advancements have brought upon society.

But there is another way to think of the future, and that is to become active participants in it. We don’t have to sit back and watch as the world changes and technology evolves around us. We have control over what the future is going to be; and can create it in a way that’s going to have a positive impact in all of us.

Nikola Danaylov on Future and Ethics

In this episode, we’re joined by Nikola Danaylov from the Singularity 1 on 1 Podcast and the Singularity Weblog. We talk about his vision for the future and how science, ethics and access to information play huge roles in it. We discuss several technologies that can have a positive snowball effect, and why they’re not getting the attention that they need – not just from investors, but from the world.

We also pick Nikola’s brain on his experience at The Singularity University, and talk about how formal education is not really a necessity in certain fields today. Finally, we talk about success and how failure is a huge component in it.


“If you lack a purpose or a meaning in your life, then you may embrace a extreme religion, you may embrace sort of a violent ideology, or you may just simply become a criminal.” – Nikola Danaylov

In this episode of The Future Thinkers Podcast

  • [02:30] – Becoming proactive in creating the future
  • [04:42] – Why ethics should play a role in scientific advancements and business actions
  • [09:19] – The chain effects of solving energy issues
  • [11:50] – Why many scientific projects lack investment and support
  • [17:24] – Nikola’s experiences in The Singularity University
  • [18:20] – Formal education vs. self education in the information age
  • [29:10] – The roles of failure and fear in achieving success

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  1. Brad Arnold 4 years ago

    The best way to fuel the Law of Accelerating Returns is to spur the economy. The best way to fuel the economy is to lower energy costs. The following is a clean, almost free, and super abundant energy technology. It is one of a slew of LENR technologies that will soon hit the market.


    Here is a primer:

    Check out this third-party verification of a LENR reactor that will soon hit the market: http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.3913
    “Given the deliberately conservative choices made in performing the measurement, we can reasonably state that the E-Cat HT is a non-conventional source of energy which lies between conventional chemical sources of energy and nuclear ones.” (i.e. about five orders of magnitude more energy dense than gasoline, and a COP of almost 6).

    This phenomenon (LENR) has been confirmed in hundreds of published scientific papers: http://lenr-canr.org/acrobat/RothwellJtallyofcol.pdf

    “LENR has the demonstrated ability to produce excess amounts of energy, cleanly, without hazardous ionizing radiation, without producing nasty waste.” – Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center

    “Total replacement of fossil fuels for everything but synthetic organic chemistry.” –Dr. Joseph M. Zawodny, NASA

    By the way, here is a survey of some of the companies that are bringing LENR to commercialization: http://www.cleantechblog.com/blog/2011/08/the-new-breed-of-energy-cataly

    For those who still aren’t convinced, here is a paper I wrote that contains some pretty convincing evidence: http://coldfusionnow.org/the-evidence-for-lenr/

    Finally, here is an article that helps give an overview of the theory behind LENR:


    • Euvie Ivanova 4 years ago

      Thanks for the detailed reply!

      P.S. The cleantechblog link doesn’t seem to be working…

  2. Paige 10 months ago

    Have you ever thought about writing an e-book or guest authoring on other blogs?
    I have a blog centered on the same topics you discuss and would
    really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribers would value your work.

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