Creativity (stories, film, etc.), Philosophy, Society, Technology

hi tech and low power

I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him back safely to the earth.

John F. Kennedy, 1961

Our nation must commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and other clean sources within 10 years.

Al Gore, 2008

Well, I feel like all humanity (not only the US) has to solve this problem (and most other problems, too) together. But besides that, I think he’s right. we need to make the problem of climate change a positive challenge.

I wanna make a sci-fi story/film/whatever that shows people having succeeded in this challenge. I wanna show a world that is both hi tech and low power/energy. In opposition to Wikipedia’s description of Cyberpunk as hi tech, low living, I wanna show a society that maintains a high living standard with the help of hi tech and avoids messing up the whole planet, because this hi tech is so smart and efficient that it can do without much energy (or is able to recycle it to a large extent). The little energy that is indeed needed should be renewable and is gained decentralized.

I hope I get around to doing that story one day…

Philosophy, Technology

err… right, my blog…

Generally, I’m a very technology-friendly person. But strangely enough I’m sometimes quite slow in adopting new technologies when it isn’t immediately obvious to me at first sight in what way they might benefit me personally. Mobile phone? No, I have one at home. Tabbed browsing? No, I have Exposé on Mac OS X. RSS-feed reader? No, I have bookmarks in my browser. Now I use all those mentioned. But I still refuse to use some stuff like multiple Desktops (aka Spaces) or digital television (I watch video mostly on my computer anyway) for example.

Now, look at this. I have a blog! I’m still not quite sure what I’m gonna use it for, but it stroke me that I might as well put some of my notes and thoughts on the Internet instead of my local harddisk. As they accumulate over the years, maybe somebody will find at least one of them interesting… 😉

Another thing that held me back is that I’m cautious about letting too much information about my personal life slip loose on the internet. Call me paranoid if you feel better then, but the semantic web is coming (sooner or later and in one form or another). And when it’s fully arrived I’m not sure whether I’d appreciate that people might be able to find out just about everything about me by typing my name into semantic Google. So that’s why I don’t write my full name here.

Yet another thing: I don’t like having my data hosted by a company that doesn’t allow me (or others for that matter) to re-download it again (like it’s the case on YouTube). Neither do I like having my data stored in some kind of proprietary file format that I might not be able to read in ten years because I won’t have the software (or the computer to run the old software on). That’s why I’m very glad that WordPress is open source software and that allows my posts to be exported as XML-files.

So, I might just getting starting now… 😉