A New Type Of Power Utility That Lets Users Control Their Electric Bills. Power utilities generally live in a world divorced from their customers.
Yes, they might answer your call when there’s a billing issue, or the line outside is down. But they answer more to regulators and shareholders. State public utility commissions set the rates we pay for electricity. Oil: Past Consumption Patterns no Future Guarantee. TaaS Underscores the 'Million-Mile' Car Imperative. By James Arbib and Tony Seba Why would you build a million-mile car?
It wouldn’t be a selling point for most consumers who average just 10k miles per year in their cars. Who wants a car that lasts 100 years? How Amazon’s ‘Invisible’ Hand Can Shape Cities.
Holocene Hangover: Time for Humanity to Make Fundamental Changes. As a child growing up in the early 1980s, I often daydreamed of space exploration and interstellar frontiers.
The leap into outer space seemed tantalizingly close. Why the Cost of Living Is Poised to Plummet in the Next 20 Years. People are concerned about how AI and robotics are taking jobs, destroying livelihoods, reducing our earning capacity, and subsequently destroying the economy.
In anticipation, countries like Canada, India and Finland are running experiments to pilot the idea of "universal basic income" — the unconditional provision of a regular sum of money from the government to support livelihood independent of employment. But what people aren't talking about, and what's getting my attention, is a forthcoming rapid demonetization of the cost of living. Meaning — it's getting cheaper and cheaper to meet our basic needs. Powered by developments in exponential technologies, the cost of housing, transportation, food, health care, entertainment, clothing, education and so on will fall, eventually approaching, believe it or not, zero.
Will Car Ownership Be Obsolete in 10 years? The roll-out of self-driving vehicles within the next decade could spell the end of car ownership, according to Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick.
Uber, Google and Apple are among the many companies working on the development of self-driving cars, and Kalanick believes it won’t be long before autonomous vehicles begin to go mainstream. When this happens, the CEO says, mass car ownership will quickly become a thing of the past. Most Climate Change Driven by Just 90 Companies. Last month, geographer Richard Heede received a subpoena from Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Smith, a climate change doubter, became concerned when the attorneys general of several states launched investigations into whether ExxonMobil had committed fraud by sowing doubts about climate change even as its own scientists knew it was taking place.
Poll: Two-Thirds of US Would Struggle to Cover $1,000 Crisis. Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations. Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy. The circular economy is growing up; moving beyond simple radical resource efficiency, towards an authentic triple-bottom-line.
As with any transition, not everything is great. Business model innovation is the battleground for success - and while there are heroes, there are also villains holding back the real transformation that is needed. The real heroes of the resource revolution are the people and businesses that are ready to address the real challenges and make real shifts The Circular economy is coming of age. Only a New Economic System Will Save Us; Clean Energy Alone Won’t. Earlier this year media outlets around the world announced that February had broken global temperature records by a shocking amount.
March broke all the records too. In June, our screens were covered with surreal images of flooding in Paris, the Seine bursting its banks and flowing into the streets. In London, floods sent water pouring into the tube system right in the heart of Covent Garden. Roads in south-east London became rivers two metres deep. With such extreme events becoming more commonplace, few deny climate change any longer. This growing awareness about the dangers of fossil fuels represents a crucial shift in our consciousness.
Let’s imagine, just for argument’s sake, that we are able to get off fossil fuels and switch to 100% clean energy. Using Open Source Design to Address Climate Change. A growing movement that combines open source design with sustainability is creating an exciting alternative to profit-driven, proprietary sustainability products.
As we face urgent issues like climate change, the ability of open source communities to quickly and inexpensively create solutions makes increasing sense. One project that clearly recognizes this big opportunity for impact is POC21, an international innovation network whose participants create open-source, sustainability-related products like the 30$ Wind Turbine, Aker (open source urban gardening infrastructure), and Faircap (open source portable water filter). Co-organized by Ouishare co-founder Benjamin Tincq, POC21 has brought together hundreds of designers, makers and organizers to “prototype the fossil free, zero waste society.”
An open approach to design and production will allow for the biggest teams possible to create solutions in as little time as possible.