The Technoptimist Show 8/11/21: Will Power Plants Move Into the Cloud?

Join Teresa Carey as she breaks down the latest news on the technology that is solving the world’s biggest problems. In today’s show, Teresa covers how a power plant could become cloud-based, the U.S.’s first electric tugboat, and what editing sugarcane’s genome means for the planet.

To learn more about the topics:
Will power plants move into the cloud?
The first U.S. electric tugboat will replace a tug that burns 30,000 gallons of diesel per year
Researchers edit the sugarcane plant’s genome for the first time
Should We Genetically Engineer Carbon-Hungry Trees?
This Genetically Modified Grass Can Clean Up Toxic Pollution

About the host:
Teresa Carey is a senior staff writer at, where she covers genetics and the environment. She is also a US Coast Guard licensed captain and a NatGeo Explorer. In addition to Freethink her work can be found in BuzzFeed, Scientific American, PBS NewsHour, NPR Weekend Edition, Smithsonian and more. @teresa_carey