Tuesday Jan 20, 2009

Obama smartgrid and a smart new economy

Me and LBJ

"This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through radioactive materials and a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels."
--Lyndon B. Johnson 1965

"A new smart grid ... will save us money, protect our power sources from blackout or attack, and deliver clean, alternative forms of energy to every corner of our nation."
--Barack Obama, January 2009

"The most widely beneficial stimulus investment, however, could be for the government to subsidize the improvement of the electrical infrastructure of the U.S. The grassroots adoption of solar, wind, geothermal and other clean power is stifled by the grid’s inefficiency at handling highly variable inputs and transmitting power over long distances. An investment in a 21st-century grid would encourage energy reform without particularly favoring any specific production technology."
--Scientific American How Obama can boost the economy by investing in science.

"Over medium to long distances, IT demand load migration is far more efficient than electrical supply migration. This becomes significant when some locales can produce energy at a lower carbon or monetary cost. The global sale of computational resources is more feasible than the global sale of electric generation. Demand-centric computational resource trading can replace or complement carbon trading and contribute to a more effiient use of both IT and electrical grid resources."
--Me July 2008

Good luck Mr. President there are plenty of unexplored possibilities for making a more efficient, honest, balanced and free global economy.

Friday Nov 07, 2008

Visions of a sustainable technocracy

our little girls shadow

Barack Obama's team seems more technologically savvy than his predecessor. In the mid 1990s when George W. Bush was governor of Texas, I was surprised to learn that he didn't have a public email address. At the same time, George W. Bush's democratic Lieutenant Governor Bob Bollock did have a public email address. Obama's recently launched change.gov website provides a more scalable framework for public input than any past president has ever deployed. I hope he and his staff are able to manage it well. I submitted some of these suggestions to change.gov:

  • Restore the technical advisory counsels that Reagan sacked in favor of lobbyists. Consider appointing optimistic, far-thinking visionaries such as William McDonough and Bill Joy.
  • Rebalance the fiscal value of education and research with the societal value, so basic research on energy, health, economics... and other areas of science which are unlikely to boost an individual stock price in the next 91 days, won't forever sit on the back burner while Europe, India, China and Japan leave us in the technological dark ages. [Read More]

Tuesday Sep 25, 2007

Strato:Carbon neutral webhosting by 2008

Blackbox next to wind turbine

I love this quote from Strato's CEO Damian Schmidt, "Bad code is a climate killer." It might not be easily visible to individual laptop or Sun Ray users, but when the power load of a runaway applet, inefficient webserver or poorly designed database engine is multiplied across the world, eventually you do see an impact on profitability, oil prices and ecology. Strato is doing the right thing by planning to be the first company to power its data centers with 100% renewable energy by 2008. Awesome! I especially like the fact that Strato is making use of Sun's Niagara technology. [Read More]

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