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Still To Be Determined

97 EpisodesProduced by Still TBD: Matt Ferrell and Sean FerrellWebsite

Join Matt Ferrell from the YouTube Channel, Undecided, and his brother Sean Ferrell as they discuss electric vehicles, renewable energy, smart technologies, and how they impact our lives. Still TBD continues the conversation from the Undecided YouTube channel.

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96: A Return to the High Seas - Wind Power Ships

December 1st, 2021

24:14

Matt and Sean talk about potential wind power transport for cargo on the high seas.

Watch the Undecided with Matt Ferrell episode, “Why Wind Power Ships May Be The Future of Transportation”: https://youtu.be/MdI191-vNlc

95: Like a Lead Balloon - Solid State Hydrogen Energy Storage

November 15th, 2021

21:08

Matt and Sean talk about solid state hydrogen, lasers, VCR tape, and why Sean’s brain is melting.


Watch the Undecided with Matt Ferrell episode, …

94: Re-Fusion to Give Up! Magnetic Fusion Breakthrough

November 8th, 2021

26:51

Matt and Sean talk about where fusion energy production stands right now, and how a time machine might help.


Watch the Undecided with Matt Ferrell episode, “Why Rust Batteries May Be the Future of Energy - Iron Air …

93: Witchcraft or Battery? Iron Air, Rust Battery

November 1st, 2021

25:19

Matt and Sean talk about iron air, rust batteries and how to effectively compare new technologies with old.

Watch the Undecided with Matt Ferrell …

92: This Debunked Episode Will Fail - Debunked Inventions Feedback

October 25th, 2021

25:09

Matt and Sean talk about bold and bad predictions, bias, and how to achieve balance in our own response to the new.

Watch the Undecided with Matt …

91: Behind the Scenes Q&A

October 18th, 2021

25:22

Matt and Sean talk about the life of a YouTuber, how Matt got into creating Undecided with Matt Ferrell videos, what it takes to pull videos …

90: A Growth Industry? Talking about Agrivoltaics

October 11th, 2021

36:55

Matt and Sean (and special guest Rob van der Wouw) talk about the impact and hurdles to incorporating solar energy production into agricultural …

89: A Lot of Hot Air? Space Powered Cooling Panels

October 4th, 2021

26:45

Matt and Sean talk about putting heat into space, and wrestling with how to incorporate new technology into old homes.


Watch the Undecided with Matt …

88: Algae You in My Dreams? Talking About Algae Plastic

September 27th, 2021

24:14

Matt and Sean talk about puns and plastics and how they affect our health.  Algae oils may be the future of of biodegradable plastic production.


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87: Burying the Lead? Perovskite Solar

September 20th, 2021

29:53

Matt and Sean talk about solar panels that move away from silicon, and the industry’s challenge to balance panel longevity and energy production.


86: Is That a Diamond in Your Pocket? Nuclear Diamond Battery

September 13th, 2021

22:23

Matt and Sean talk about repurposing nuclear waste into radioactive diamond batteries. No, really.


Watch the Undecided with Matt Ferrell “28,000 Year Nuclear Waste Battery? Diamond Batteries Explained” episode:

85: Tired of Earthships?

September 6th, 2021

27:51

Matt and Sean talk about earthships (off-grid homes built from repurposed materials like tires), their challenges and advantages, and what more …

84: Full of Empty

August 30th, 2021

24:30

Matt and Sean talk about airships: their viability, their safety, and whether passenger travel will ever be something for the masses (or even the super-rich).


Watch the Undecided with Matt Ferrell “Why the Airship May Be …

83: Don’t Compute Your Chickens Before They’re Hatched!

August 24th, 2021

23:12

Matt and Sean talk about IT companies that have found a use for heat waste that provides for consumers’ hot water needs. A win-win-win.


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82: Better Off Meat

August 16th, 2021

27:17

Matt and Sean talk about lab grown meats, the positives to the environment, and the strange opportunities it serves up. 


Watch the Undecided with Matt Ferrell “The Future of Meat - Lab Grown Meat Explained” episode:

81: Circuit Breaker Circumstances

August 9th, 2021

20:37

Matt and Sean talk about Matt’s experience with smart circuit breakers and smart electric panels, how you might need to divvy up your power needs in a blackout, and what to do when you’ve got a rogue dehumidifier.


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80: Too Many Bond Villains - Floating the Idea of Floating Cities

August 2nd, 2021

32:47

Matt and Sean talk about the the future of car ownership, how there’s not just one solution for everything, and the viability of floating cities … …

79: Ok…Ok… We Knew It Has Mass…

July 26th, 2021

27:36

Matt and Sean talk "massless" batteries, and how to tell if some of those apples you're comparing might actually be oranges. Or bananas.


Watch the Undecided with Matt Ferrell “Exploring Massless Energy Battery …

78: The Hottest and Wettest Batteries!

July 19th, 2021

23:59

Matt and Sean talk about molten metal batteries, how they may solve some power storage issues, and why their pace of development is slow.


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77: Give Me An N…E…O…M… What’s That Spell? (Not Monorail)

July 13th, 2021

26:39

Matt and Sean talk about possible advances in sustainable tech--even though the big picture project may be a pipe-dream--and what elements of that …

76: Frosting for 500,000 People - Talking About Modular Homes

July 5th, 2021

30:55

Matt and Sean talk about modular and panelized homes, if it’s an affordable path to net zero, Matt’s journey to his own modular home, and reaching …

75: Mold (Mould) Molds (Moulds) - Talking about Mycelium as a plastic replacement

June 28th, 2021

24:08

Matt and Sean talk about Mycelium Fungus, if it’s a good replacement for plastic, whether it might be a technology that will grow on us, and will we …

74: Double Feature - Talking Space Mining and Tidal Turbines

June 21st, 2021

30:48

Matt and Sean talk about space mining, the costs, the challenges, and if we’ll see it in our lifetimes. And we also talk about underwater turbines and how well they’ll stand up to the maintenance challenges. 


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73: Making Number 2 Number 1 - Talking Water Pipe Turbines

June 7th, 2021

28:15

Matt and Sean talk about water pipe turbine generators, turning your toilet into a power source, and the incredible number of ways we can turn wasted energy into electricity. 


Watch the Undecided with Matt Ferrell “Clean …

72: Recycled Content and Cities - Talking Battery Recycling

May 31st, 2021

29:11

Matt and Sean talk about EV recycling research that could grow to a second source of critical battery components and help revitalize economically …

71: Is That A Turbine In Your Pocket, Or…?

May 24th, 2021

27:11

Matt and Sean talk about “bladeless” wind-powered electricity generation, and the inspiring (and awkward) design concepts behind them. 


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70: Which is Better: Solar Panels or Solar Tiles?

May 17th, 2021

25:10

Matt and Sean discuss how the aesthetics of solar tiles might not find a mass market place if panels start to be an everyday item. Also: is the cost …

69: 3D Printed Homes Have a Strong Foundation

May 10th, 2021

46:59

Matt and Sean talk about recent progress in 3D printed homes, and what the future may hold. Also: STAR WARS: Bad Batch, Tenet, and FAST AND FURIOUS. 


68: Movement in the Transportation Sector: Talking Electric Truck Shipping

May 3rd, 2021

52:36

Matt and Sean discuss the ins and outs of transitioning to electric fleets of shipping trucks; also: hate watching Mortal Kombat, Space 1999, and how the 1970s were just plain weird.


Watch the Undecided with Matt Ferrell …

67: This Tech is Solid (State Batteries)

April 26th, 2021

45:22

Matt and Sean talk about what to expect from Solid State Batteries, and when to expect them. Also: NOBODY, SHADOW & BONE, and more.


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66: These Jokes Are “Pun”ishing: Talking Green Hydrogen

April 19th, 2021

41:51

Matt and Sean talk about green hydrogen options--where it might work today and what its tomorrow may look like. ALSO: Made For Love, Falcon and the …

65: Are We At a Tipping Point? Talking About the Future of Renewable Energy

April 12th, 2021

58:36

Matt and Sean talk about the comparison between our current era and previous large shifts in industrial revolutions in how industry evolved. Seismic …

64: Rolling with Solar: Talking Going Off-Grid in Solar RVs

April 5th, 2021

38:51

Matt and Sean discuss Matt's talk with a mobile-solar-RVing friend who lives off-grid wherever he might want to roll (including how it might not be …

63: Snowpierced! Hyperloop explored!

March 29th, 2021

47:42

Matt and Sean talk Elon Musk and hyperloops, how you'd find enough real estate (or convince people to get inside), and why the train system itself may be beside the point. Also: more WandaVision, Say Anything, and …

62: Old Timey Machines and Submarines: Talking Stirling Engines

March 22nd, 2021

50:07

Matt and Sean discuss how the old technology of a Stirling Engine can have modern (and even futuristic) applications. How thermal energy storage and …

61: Old McDonald Had Geothermal - Talking Geothermal Heating and Cooling

March 16th, 2021

45:33

Matt and Sean talk about geothermal heating and cooling systems (impact, expectations, and costs). Also: WandaVision, For All Mankind, Punky Brewster …

60: Bond Villains Rejoice - Talking Elon Musk’s Neuralink

March 8th, 2021

47:07

Matt and Sean talk about Neuralink, Elon Musk's idealism, potential upsides and downsides, and how ethics need to catch up soon before bad acts (intentional or not) start happening. Also: sci-fi is coming true …

59: Studs Be Damned - Talking Passive Homes

March 1st, 2021

55:29

Matt and Sean talk about passive homes, saving on energy costs, and why you don't want the wrong kinds of studs! Plus: Babylon 5, Jack Nicholson, …

58: Toupeight! Talking Nanotechnology and Lithium Ion Batteries

February 21st, 2021

42:03

Matt and Sean talk about breakthroughs in mining processes using nanotechnology and metal organic frameworks (MOFs), as well as the impact on battery …

57: Under Pressure - Talking About Geothermal Energy

February 14th, 2021

40:12

Matt and Sean talk about geothermal energy production, company transitions to new models, and upstarts who bust the models entirely like Tesla … and maybe even an Apple Car. Also: more Babylon 5, and a bunch of comedies …

56: We’re Calling It Brogurt! Talking Vertical Farming

February 7th, 2021

1:04:30

Matt and Sean talk about vertical farming, Elon and Kimbal Musk, weird super-bowl parties, and share some thoughts on the Babylon 5 resurgence.


Watch the Undecided with Matt Ferrell episode: https://youtu.be/2tGQXRYgKBI


55: Fungus Among Us - Talking about Net-Zero buildings

January 31st, 2021

47:35

Matt and Sean talk about growing bricks of fungus, green architecture and net-zero buildings, and slaughtering non-English pronunciations. ALSO:  movies and television that make them cry (sometimes in fear).


Watch the …

54: This Thing Blows - Talking About Battery Snow Blowers

January 24th, 2021

39:33

Matt and Sean talk about electric snow blowers (Torque! Blades! Intrigue!), Ego mowers, batteries and other home products, as well as powerful …

53: Monkey’s Paw(er-wall) - Talking Tesla Powerwall Issues

January 18th, 2021

39:06

Matt and Sean talk about the unexpected pitfalls Matt experienced when putting in his Tesla Powerwall; also: how the Bee Gees are like Marvel Comics, …

52: Flywheel in the Ointment

January 10th, 2021

46:39

Matt and Sean discuss flywheels and how their old-school approach may have future energy storage applications.  And how they hold up against lithium …

51: Podcast & Sons - Talking about Tesla Solar Roof

January 3rd, 2021

44:00

Matt and Sean talk about all the non-electric benefits of the Tesla Solar Roof, the importance of depending on experts for installation, and fair …

50: Micromachines - Talking about Arrival Micro Factories

December 28th, 2020

44:18

Matt and Sean talk about the videogame-style microfactory manufacturing setup of EV maker Arrival, as well as (very differing opinions about) the new …

49: Seanny, I Shrunk The Pod - Talking Nanotechnology

December 21st, 2020

40:56

Matt and Sean small-talk about nano-tech, try to build bridges between brain-busting ideas and bored classroom kids, and discuss the show The Expanse and the film Nocturnal Animals (and why David Lynch is so confusingly …

48: Supergreatpodcast, Inc. - Talking Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

December 13th, 2020

44:16

Matt and Sean discuss how "small" modular nuclear reactors may be a retro-futurist dream, why building your own computer isn't as much fun as it …

47: Title Confusion or Tidal Confusion - Talking Hydropower

December 7th, 2020

43:55

Matt and Sean discuss the very wide range of hydro-electric power production methods and tidal energy, and why some of them need more attention (from Matt) in the future.  Also: super-hero shows that are better than …

46: Everything is Torque! Talking About Electric Snowblowers, Smart Homes, and More

November 30th, 2020

41:43

Matt and Sean discuss which smart home devices might make good holiday gifts, how electric lawn and home-care devices, like the Ego Snowblower, have …

45: Solar Sheep - Talking about Community Solar, Smart Meters, and Star Wars

November 22nd, 2020

43:44

Matt and Sean talk about how to take advantage of solar power panels when you don't own your home, how to enjoy terrible movies with comedians, the …

44: Regrets? Talking Tesla Model 3

November 16th, 2020

39:04

Matt and Sean talk about whether or not the Tesla 3 still fits Matt's needs. Also: TV and movie recommendations that include animated fare, sci-fi, funny ghosts, and a movie made for happier times.

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43: After Dark - What to Watch (or Play)!

November 9th, 2020

43:48

Matt and Sean talk about Matt's upcoming episodes, his upcoming second channel, and television, movies, and videogames (many of them related--accidentally--to The Mandalorian) that will help you pass the time.

Get in …

42: Charged By The Minute - Talking EV Charging and Getting Weird

November 2nd, 2020

27:39

Matt and Sean talk about varied ways that charging stations encourage (or discourage) speedy use, and they humbly suggest ways that positive …

41: Our Panel of Panel Experts - Talking Solar Panels for Home

October 25th, 2020

36:14

Matt and Sean discuss solar panel owners' relationships to their power company, tax issues, and when motion detectors strand you in a bathroom stall. …

40: My Right Foot - Talking Porsche and Tesla Updates Gone Wrong

October 18th, 2020

40:55

Matt and Sean talk about the Porsche Taycan, why it’s not the “Tesla-killer,” what a Tesla-killer should have, and why car interfaces should not be …

39: Full of Hot Air…

October 12th, 2020

33:51

... Well, cold air. Matt and Sean discuss liquid air batteries (cryogenic energy storage) and Highview Power, the difficulties of using technical …

38: Trigger Warnings - Talking about solar panel environmental impacts

October 4th, 2020

31:37

Matt and Sean talk about solar panels, their useful life, how some people get triggered by them, and what stands in the way of people using them. …

37: What principles? Talking about Tesla Battery Day

September 28th, 2020

35:52

Matt and Sean discuss the ways that Tesla’s recent announcements demonstrate a kind of thinking that breaks from the norm and how it puts them ahead—and what we sacrifice in the process. First principles thinking is the …

36: Fuel Cells are Hard

September 20th, 2020

29:39

...to understand. For Sean. But Matt helps him through it! We talk through a lot of questions around efficiency, why they aren’t catching on in cars compared to battery electric vehicles. Plus, an instructional blooper …

35: It’s Virtually a Grid — Talking Tesla Powerwall and Home Batteries

September 14th, 2020

34:17

Matt and Sean talk about evolving approaches to renewable energy production on the local level, surprising impacts of house-based power storage like …

34: We Have Engaged … the Pork … well, Supercapacitors

September 7th, 2020

29:50

Matt and Sean talk about supercapacitor technology (aka ultracapacitors), trade terrible puns, and wonder if advances in the future will make our …

33: To Hype or Not to Hype - Tesla Battery Day

August 30th, 2020

31:05

Matt and Sean discuss the possible paths that Tesla's battery day announcement might take, rank preferences, and talk about why a company doesn't want to build expectations too much. They also talk about the recent …

32: You spin me right round - wind turbine viewer feedback

August 24th, 2020

43:37

Matt and Sean talk about recycling wind turbines or maybe just growing some--the debate over the environmental impact of new technologies, and how …

31: It’s all about context - talking Tesla solar panels and YouTube

August 16th, 2020

29:59

It’s all about context … and where you place your ads. Matt and Sean talk about the US solar installation costs versus other areas of the globe, …

30: E-plane, E-plane! Talking about electric airplanes

August 10th, 2020

41:11

Matt and Sean discuss the potentials of electric-powered flight, why it doesn't (and shouldn't) be a simple recreation of liquid-fuel flight, and …

29: Bringing Shadow-power to Light - Talking About Solar Panels

August 3rd, 2020

35:00

Matt and Sean talk about the shocking advances to solar power production, record breaking solar panel efficiency, and the evolution of 'shadow' based …

28: Why We Call it Undecided - Talking About Carbon Capture and Beer

July 27th, 2020

35:20

Matt and Sean talk about the debate around carbon cleaning technologies and why an all-or-nothing approach may not be the best option, as well as …

27: The case of the missing episode

July 20th, 2020

43:09

Matt and Sean talk about the evolution of remote work, including how it's impacting Matt's own YouTube channel. Also: suggestions on movies, …

26: Our chickenwire future (carbon nanotubes)

July 13th, 2020

35:05

Matt and Sean discuss some possible (but unlikely) uses for carbon nano-tube technology such as Road Runner style escapes, space elevators, and cars …

25: Making SENSE of it all

July 6th, 2020

30:18

Matt and Sean talk about the Sense energy monitor, machine learning and smart home, and why someone might try to cook eggs on a dehumidifier.

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24: The future is mechanical?

June 29th, 2020

29:38

Matt and Sean discuss various battery options, mechanical power production, and how cool something as simple as a falling weight can actually be. And …

23: Home Automation: Where to start?

June 22nd, 2020

32:43

Matt and Sean discuss different ways of approaching home-automation (cheapest, easiest, and most impactful), the balance between freedom and …

22: I... Am... THOR(ium)

June 15th, 2020

43:43

Matt and Sean talk about what scares people about thorium reactors and nuclear energy, how to take the long view on difficult projects, and how to …

21: Cast Iron Bikes and the Sound Barrier

June 8th, 2020

31:31

Matt and Sean talk about the Rad Power RadRunner 1 E bike, the ins and outs of city cycling, and learning to ride a bike heavier than the Earth itself. Before getting an E bike check to see what is legal in your area.

20: Not to scale - the truth about graphene

June 1st, 2020

37:25

NOT TO SCALE: Matt and Sean talk about graphene, how it's made and how it *might* be used. Everything from graphite to flash graphene. They also discuss interns singing Queen, absurd smiley faces, and the bad B-movie …

19: Is your mower on fire or are you just happy to see me?

May 25th, 2020

45:52

Matt and Sean talk about how modern electric mowers give them flashbacks to harder yet simpler times. Plus they share suggestions for some show and …

18: Starlink - when you get caught between the moon and witches

May 11th, 2020

52:14

Matt and Sean discuss SpaceX's plans to launch 42,000 (!) Starlink satellites, how goofy that sounds, 50s sci-fi tropes, and great (bad) tv viewing.

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17: Home office and work-brain/decompression

May 11th, 2020

53:01

Matt and Sean talk about the physical (home office) and the mental (motivation, anyone?) of a work-from-home situation. They also share some suggestions for decompression entertainment, and Sean explains why he was late …

16: Fusion Energy or Captain Planet?

May 4th, 2020

40:44

Matt and Sean discuss relying on actual experts during a pandemic, fusion energy option and alternatives, and how many horses it would take to create …

15: Keeping Sane in the Simulation (Sanulation?)

April 27th, 2020

40:12

Matt and Sean talk about Bond super-villain Elon Musk, growing your own Spider-Man webbing, and shows to watch (and think about) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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14: We Do Awkward .... and Smart Thermostats

April 20th, 2020

31:22

Matt and Sean discuss smart thermostats (Ecobee), technobabble (peak load, anyone?) and awkward pauses. A lot of awkward pauses.

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13: Where is the Octoplug? EV charging standards and the grid

April 13th, 2020

26:09

Matt and Sean discuss the myriad of charging cords, robot attacks, and dogs losing their minds. Also, electric vehicles.

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12: Is that the Batmobile or a Braided Loaf?

April 6th, 2020

30:07

Matt and Sean talk about cars other than Tesla's, braided bread loaves, keeping perspective during the pandemic, and how Matt's first shot at a live-stream went.

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11: Respect my authority! Talking Tesla apps and more

March 30th, 2020

33:36

Matt and Sean talk about Tesla apps, confusing authorizations, and recommendations for movies, pillows and other ways to while away your socially distant hours. Bonus track at the end: We don't know how to read a …

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March 29th, 2020

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10: Bread battery - EVs, solid state batteries, and avoiding the hype

March 23rd, 2020

34:40

This week Sean and Matt discuss the future of solid state batteries and avoiding the hype around them. As well as procrastination baking. We really …

9: Listener questions - Tesla solar, coronavirus, and more

March 16th, 2020

31:45

This week Sean and Matt answer some listener questions about smart vents, Tesla solar roof, coronavirus impact on Tesla manufacturing, and the future …

8: Who Moved My Espresso Cheese? Talking Tesla and Batteries

March 9th, 2020

35:13

Matt and Sean talk about battery development, a pending announcement from Tesla, human rights abuse in cobalt mining, and how cheese can impact you during Daylight Savings transitions.

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7: Tesla and ownership versus obsolescence

March 2nd, 2020

28:48

Matt and Sean talk about Tesla's recent notice to owner's requesting they update their cars, and tech evolutions that mean changes in what ownership …

6: Charging on the run? Wireless EV charging

February 24th, 2020

31:52

In this episode, Matt and Sean talk about wireless charging for electric vehicles. The future may be right around the corner, and it may not involve …

5: Putting the Tech in Texas - Fully Charged Live follow-up

February 17th, 2020

38:58

Matt and Sean discuss the Fully Charged Live conference in Austin, Texas (which included both new cars and recycling the old), and talk about binging …

4: Quick Hits - Climate Change, Tesla butt dial, and Fully Charged Live

February 10th, 2020

34:25

In this episode, Matt and Sean catch up after THREE episodes of Undecided. Topics include myths around global climate change, atomic energy, the …

3: Why is it all gummy?

January 27th, 2020

27:36

In this episode of The Still To Be Determined Podcast, Matt and Sean discuss wearable technology and how it can help us monitor our health. From …

2: But Does It Have a Cupholder? Concept Cars at CES 2020

January 20th, 2020

27:42

In Episode Two of the Still To Be Determined podcast we discuss concept cars. What's the point? Why do manufacturers do it? What do they prove? And why don't Tesla or companies like Apple reveal their daydreamed ideas …

1: What is Chip ... and can I eat it?

January 13th, 2020

32:10

Welcome to the first episode of Still To Be Determined! We didn't know the title when we started. Today we follow up on some questions around Matt's …

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