Brian Cerda

Lead Futurist, Chemist, Biologist, and Engineer, Engineering Tomorrow
Mcallen, TX, United States

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Languages

English, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Materials engineering, Hydroponic food productions, Physics, Organic Chemistry, Sustainable Architecture, Renewable and Alternative Energy

An idea worth spreading

Elevating Food, Shelter, Energy, transportation, and healthcare to basic human rights.

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Science, The Future.

People don't know I'm good at

Martial Arts, I have 20 years of experience with combat, more then i have in science haha.

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Brian Cerda
Posted almost 2 years ago
David MacKay: A reality check on renewables
This talk is misleading while remaining factual. Yes we would cover the world with energy production if we used currently mass manufactured technology to produce energy. But that is a dumb way of doing things, if we wanted to have as many computers as we do today with as much power as current computers have back in the 1960s we would have covered every inch of the planet with computer hardware, but technology improves. There are designs for 40 acre wide vertical access mag-lev wind turbines that produce many hundreds of megawatts in average wind speed. true these turbines are monolithic constructions but if we as a society can build skyscrapers for industry to feel powerful we can build wind turbines to keep society moving. moreover off shore power is going to become more and more important in renewable energy such as tide, wave, and off shore solar/wind. Also, you didn't even mention geothermal, which could cut down on global heating and cooling use by 95% (thus saving us 28% world wide energy use). And more modern ideas of transport such as the system they are installing at heathrow, the ULTRA transport system. If we judge the abilities to change by the tip of the technological iceberg, nothing is every worth improving.
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Brian Cerda
Posted almost 2 years ago
Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe?
Paul- i will not adress the madness in the follow ups to your comment, but as to your statements on dark matter, dark matter is a thing. we have isolated it. Dark matter has been isolated. If i recall Stanford first observed it in 2006 and it has since been confirmed.
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Brian Cerda
Posted almost 2 years ago
Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe?
Miss Meng, There can be other forms of life that are resistant to such things, and other forms of life that can exists in these universes of varying energy, the safest assumption is not only that they can exist but statistically like do in great number. in this world alone J. Craig Venture has created synthetic life, and just recently researches created XNA capable of coding life both as we know it and very different from what we know it. our current views on exo biology are very conservative, as we know so little that we are not prepared to start making guesses about the plurality of "life" that could (and probably does) exist out there.
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Brian Cerda
Posted almost 2 years ago
Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe?
First, ,an explanation is provided to why life as we know it experiences the particular reality we do, this is simply the stage that we actors preform on. asking why this is the reality we experience and not another is like asking why someone is born in Africa and not in Australia, that is simply were they are from. Requiring any explanation beyond that is a circular logic that implies a belief that humanity is some how special in not only this universe but all realities. Next, a belief that our conscious minds move from one reality to the next is ill founded. We have no data to suggest such things happen, you are not a transcendent avatar of energy flying through the cosmos on some adventure. you are a collection of amino acids bound together by the laws of this universe. You gained the gift of self awareness as a result of an enlarged cerebral cortex that was used for advanced predatory modeling. Do not confuse advanced hardware and software with a "makers gift" we are not the universes most beloved children any more then the 288 is IBMs most beloved creation. we are simply another transitional form of transistor on the motherboard of life. While i understand your general frustration with there being unmeasured or perhaps unmeasurable things out there, saying it is unconvincing is parallel to saying walls cant exist because there are a set of them behind a locked door that you have yet to take measurements from.
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Brian Cerda
Posted about 2 years ago
How might teachers implement sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube to engage students in their education?
First to the main point. I would keep in mind public opinion interacting with students on facebook may have negative consequences and unhappy parents overreacting to news stories. However, youtube is a different story. I believe every teacher should have video lectures available on youtube to either replace or supplement lectures. it s a better model to lecture in video where students can post questions as comments below and the teacher can clarify by responding. This frees up more time for actual problem solving and application of knowledge in class. Secondly, John Penn, while i agree we should work to make things as interesting as possible. we have to except that if there is a list of curriculum to be taught every student will have a lack of interest in some fields. So it should be a two headed effort to both make things more interesting, and find ways to teach students about things they may not care about at all.
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Brian Cerda
Posted about 2 years ago
Clean technology, while a huge opportunity, will not go to scale in time to prevent a global economic and social crisis.
Necessity is the mother of all invention. We will bound towards destruction while it remains in the distance, jog towards it once it starts reaching the horizon, and begin to crawl away from it once we being to be truly pained by its effects. Humans as a group function much like any other organism they will continue with business as usual until the environmental pressure is to great to ignore. Is it the most efficient way to deal with our problems? No. But until we rise above our animal instincts as a people that is simply the way we end up functioning on a large scale.