SIGHT GEIST - 1 Nov 2011
New Power, More Power, Free Power
The day we had to bring this issue to the printer, we heard that Steve Jobs died. Steve Jobs, a visionary of our time and a true metaphor of new power: passion and mission driven, he had the guts to follow his intuition, becoming the engineer of number one brands like Apple and Pixar. That’s what power is today!
This issue is about power, new power:
At first sight it is about interesting developments in the interesting developments in the automotive industry, electric and hybrid cars and about renewable energy sources – solar, wind, hydraulic, LED. Wim de Ridder (Future Studies, University Twente) writes about the price development of electricity and why lower prices or maybe free energy is not only a dream. “A super low price for electricity does not mean the end of the electricity sector. Again, the parallel can be drawn with ICT development. Communication Technology is so far advanced that telecom companies are earning less on phone calls. Communication via Skype is free, for example. Nevertheless, ICT is a growth market, especially because of the services offered. IT has become the cheap oxygen of society.” Read more this on page 37.
This issue reaches far beyond technical developments. We get smarter about energy. But it’s about old, sometimes forgotten, sources of power as well: human power, the power of health, the power of storytelling and the power of nature’s system in the world……