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2016 – The State of New Energy

April 30, 2016 | By | No Comments

This is not a political post in spite of the picture of the bad hair boy.  It is a post about the difference between mis-information and dis-information compared to well researched and well communicated information.

The keynote address at Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s annual summit given by Chairman Michael Liebreich contains the most definitive source of well researched data and analysis that is available on the current state and emergence of the New Energy Era.  His speaking style is direct and without drama or theatrics.  It is very worth watching all the way through.

Here is a link to a video of Michael’s talk.  This is a must watch.

Here is a link to the written transcript.

Enjoy, Bob.

17 Sep

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More efficiently than was previously even imaginable

September 17, 2015 | By | No Comments

This compelling blog briefing on Sidecar Deliveries from the brilliant Jahan Khanna, co-founder and CTO of Sidecar, posted on September 15, 2015, describes an unfolding transformation in local deliveries or local logistics. Jahan cuts through the complexity of one of the most challenging algorithmic problems in computer science – “the traveling salesman problem”, and communicates with a simplicity that makes this problem understandable to a generalist. Please see:

https://www.side.cr/under-the-hood-a-look-at-sidecars-on-demand-logistics-infrastructure/

What really gets me excited about this briefing is one of its conclusions – MORE EFFICIENTLY THAN WAS PREVIOUSLY IMAGINABLE. This is made possible for deliveries or logistics to quote Jahan:  “When everyone is connected to the Internet all the time, people can work together in shockingly more efficient ways than was previously possible.”

This observation is true for Mobility on Demand and for deliveries and it’s also true for many other contexts. “Resource Efficiency” or using all of our resources more efficiently will dramatically lower how much we consume, how much we extract from Nature, and enable us to live sustainably while also living well. We live in times where the only true limit to solving our problems is our imagination and the resistance of those afraid of what they may personally lose as we move beyond “business as usual”. It’s better to get on the right side of the inevitable than to resist and lose. Bob.