October 2007

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Alternate Forms of Fuel

Posted by on 21 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: Future of Technology

I just found an article on Slashdot called Mutant Algae to Fuel Cars of Tomorrow? Basically, it talks about how there is a certain amount of hydrogen produced during an algae’s photosynthesis and scientists are creating mutant algae’s to produce even more hydrogen. According to the article, if “if 50% of the algae’s photosynthesis could be directed toward hydrogen production, an acre could produce 40 kilograms of hydrogen per day. At the price of $2.80 a kilogram, hydrogen could compete with gasoline.” If we could actually use this type of energy source, we could really change the future in a lot of ways. We could have a reliable energy source that wouldn’t rely on other countries. This could be produced right here in this country. When we talk about major problems facing our world, a sustainable energy source is one of the most important and one of the most devastating.

Further down in the comments for this article, there are other energy sources listed, sugar & corn being two of those. So, if there are these other sources that already exist, why aren’t they being used more frequently? This is also true with wind and solar power. From what I’ve heard/read, it’s all about cost and politics. We have to get past these problems before we’re going to be able to move past the use of gas and electricity.

In addition to the problem of sustainable energy, there are problems in the environment. This algae energy source could also be a much needed change in that respect. It could reduce the carbon produced and hopefully, in the long run, reduce the greenhouse effect. All of this relates back to using new technology and scientific theories, we can change the future from the doom and gloom of the depletion of oil and the devastation of the greenhouse effect.

The World Is Flat – Part 2

Posted by on 21 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: The World Is Flat

So, the first part of the book discussed the 10 flatteners, while the 2nd part began by discussing the three convergences, one of which is the ten flatteners converging. In addition to this, there is the convergence of new habits working in a flatter world with the flattened world itself. Finally, the convergence of a new set of people (China, India, previous Soviet Empire) with this new flat world. I think it’s interesting that the the first convergence leads to the 2nd and 3rd convergence. The flatteners basically created a chain reaction that change our world completely. These convergences created a more collaborative world and collaborative workplace. As I know from experience, collaboration on projects across countries will be a commonplace occurrence in the future. I think it’s kind of ironic that Marx (of all people) was one of the first people to state that this breakdown of barriers could happen.

Friedman also discusses how traditional governments, businesses, and organizations will have to change and work with new virtual communities, emergent businesses, networks of people to create a new culture of business. Because these walls will no longer exist, there are changes that will need to be made to how we deal with each other and how our government works. Our government will have to look past their own front door to establish relationships with those countries that are coming into this new global, flat communities.

There is definitely a negative attitude in the US among “regular citizens” about outsourcing, but I think it’s interesting that Friedman brings up another point-of-view. He explains that the Indian’s perspective on globalization is that it can empower them to build up their skill set and enables them to move up in their economic class. As he puts it “one person’s economic liberation could be another’s unemployment.”

However, Friedman also explains how the US can deal with these problems. First of all, he discusses the importance of having a government that will support this new global integration. As we discussed in class last week, it’s important for our government to have a focus and a cause. They have to explain to US citizens how this globalization can help them and what each person can do to be successful in this type of society.

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