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World Technology Summit – Live Blogging PM Session

November 30th, 2010 · No Comments

The Future of Energy Policy Roundtable:

Brian Dumaine, Fortune Magazine

Bryan Walsh, Time Magazine

Nicholas Parker, co-founder CleanTech Group

Steve Cochran, VP EDF (Environmental Defense Fund)

Jigar Shah, CEO Carbon War Room

Environmental meeting is happening in Cancun Mexico this week.  Not much happened with the Copenhagen meeting last year, can we hope to see much this year?  It’s always a difficult challenge to deal with these issues.

President Obama insisted that anything that would come out of the meeting last year was that it had to be verifiable by third parties.  That has been a stumbling block for this year.

One of the complaints of the rest of the world has been that the 1st world got rich with carbon and pollution.  We can’t impose new restrictions on the 3rd world when we didn’t have them imposed upon us first.

We can’t trade our way out of the energy and climate issues.  We need to innovate our way out of them.  We will solve the energy/climate crisis with new technologies that solve the problems ahead of the political solutions.

One of the big watch words is “solar to grid parity” which means that solar energy can generate enough power to match the powerPen Hadow measured the ice thickness every inch of the way with an ice radar on his walk to the North Pole #wts10 available from the grid and be generated at the same or a lower price.  We are near to reaching the price parity, the next challenge will be making enough gizmos to fill the need.

Brian Walsh- I think it’s a mistake to view climate change as a problem to be fixed because it’s a problem we’ll have forever going forward.  We will never fix it, we will always need to figure out how to work with the challenges associated with our impact on climate.

Jigar Shah, new energy technology will be the greatest wealth generation engine ever in the history of the world.  The need to replace so much infrastructure will be enormous.

Disruptive Technology by David Pogue NYT columnist

The phone today isn’t a smart phone, it’s an app phone.  It’s a different device than a phone or computer.  Because it has a gyro compass, GPS, and many other things that don’t exist in computers.

He’s talking about the music professor who became a millionaire by making the app that sold for 1 dollar each to allow you to play music on the iPhone by blowing on the microphone.

NY Times used to get 40% of it’s revenue from classified ads, today? 0%.

Pogue mentions some cool startups that he likes:

DoMyStuff.com is a site that allows people to bid for the lowest price to do a chore you don’t want to do.

Prosper.com is a small business website that makes small loans to business directly from people.  Kiva.com is a site for international small business micro loans.

Goloco.com is an automatic car pooling website.

whoIsSick.com Shows you who is sick with what symptoms- looks very scary.

Pogue, noticed that the Verizon voicemail instructions takes 15 seconds, which makes them $700MM per year in extra revenue.  He wrote a column about that and got AT&T to change the message from15 seconds to only 7 seconds.  But it’s still way too long.

Then he was talking with a college intern and the kid said, “nobody uses voicemail anymore.  Why should I waste 30 seconds of my life listening to you tell me you called? I just use the call record. It tells me you called and what time you called, and I can hit the button and call you right back from there. Why would I use voicemail?”

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