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Not only have smartphones crushed all other phone technologies, they have upended dozens of other industries too. They’ve killed the camera and powered the rise of social media and dating apps. They’ve decimated the traditional taxi industry.

So what has this got to do with energy?

It proves an important point about all successful new technologies: it is easy to see why they were so transformative in hindsight, much harder to predict how they will reshape our world in advance.

Which brings us to green technology – wind turbines, electric vehicles, solar panels and batteries, that kind of thing.

If you still think adopting these new technologies will be an expensive chore, think again.

Source: BBC Technology News

Date: November 3rd, 2020

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54723147

Discussion

  1. ” The world’s best solar power schemes are now the “cheapest source of electricity in history”, the International Energy Agency (IEA), which analyses energy markets, said this month. ” What impact might this have for massive datacenter / cloud providers like Amazon, Google and Microsoft?
  2. Google has promised to be “net-negative emissions by 2030.” First off, what does this mean?
    Secondly, how might they get there?

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