Scientists at Stanford have made a prototype solar energy cell that uses a process called “photon enhanced thermionic emission,” or PETE. The process promises to surpass the efficiency of existing photovoltaic and thermal conversion technologies. In short it will get at least twice existing returns and can be made from cheap materials, competing on price with oil and gas.
Technology will change our lives. What we need to speed up is our dull culture. Instead of getting ourselves organised in sustainable communities worth living in, we prat about with bureaucracy that leads to 10 cops on the street when 50 are needed and 1000 more doing nothing relevant to what is needed. There is little entertainment about I actually want, but a total flood of crud I have no time for. We are mad and the only hope is that machines may rise to save us from ourselves.
PETE is an example of how slow we are. We’d probably have installations all over if we were at war. We’d have cops back on the beat and half the rest doing something purposeful (like erecting PETE structures?). We’d probably make some decent films. What stops us engaging with change without war?