As I get ever so closer to vacation next week, my thoughts have started to migrate towards recharging and renewal. In that spirit, I wanted to share some interesting pieces I’ve been reading this week that span across that spectrum.
* Martin LaMonica of CNet has a short but very in-depth series on the current state of electricity, the role technology is playing in changing our consumption and how we sustain our ever-growing electronic lifestyles. He takes a look at both sides of the coin: home and generation. Highly recommended and especially timely in Massachusetts where there is a growing debate on National Grid’s planned rate hikes.
* Working off of a piece by Matt Richtel in the New York Times that discusses how our brains are changing due to our (some would say over) exposure to computers, blogger Marc Gunther explores the idea further in his post earlier this week on Sustainability and Your Brain. Marc makes an excellent point in conclusion:
“Being “always” on is ultimately unsustainable. More than that, the idea of resting and restoring (the earth, your workforce) are part of a sustainable business practice.”
As a society we are moving ever faster in the electronic/information revolution age. It brings to the forefront a great deal of questions:
* How much is too much information? And where will we get all the energy to sustain the information flow?
* How will we sort this information to make better and more sustainable business decisions? There is a great recent TED conference session online about data visualization’s potential role here, fascinating and well spent 18 minutes with David McCandless.
* How can/will this information be used to avoid another BP-style disaster in the future?
We’re heading off to Cape Cod to enjoy some of the national seashore and reconnect. I hope everyone has a chance to do something similar as we wind down the summer.