Sunday, January 4, 2009

What Will Change Everything?

The Edge Annual Question 2009, What will change everything? This is probably the best question in science (not bad for life either) and is my favorite Edge question yet. I'll update some answers as I go through them. From Ian McEwan's entry on solar energy:
My hope is that architects will be drawn to designing gorgeous arrays and solar towers in the desert—as expressive of our aspirations as Medieval cathedrals once were. We will need new distribution systems too, smart grids—perfect Rooseveltian projects for our hard-pressed times. Could it be possible that in two or three decades we will look back and wonder why we ever thought we had a problem when we are bathed in such beneficent radiant energy?
If you've followed this blog, you know I'm betting on the sun. In 20 years, I believe solar energy will dominate in ways very few people now think possible.

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