Where is the spectacle in earth-friendly technology?
August 9, 2010 3:14 PM Subscribe
The sophisticated engineering, delicate structure and graceful flight of solar-powered aircraft is a beautiful vision in efficiency. A formation of fighter jets makes the very skies thunder and the ground shake, exciting in its power. This dichotomy is everywhere, especially machine racing sports.
So where can environmentalists and energy efficiency enthusiasts get the excitement of power without the indulgence of excessive wastefulness? And where can people who love seeing jaw-dropping power get fired up by green technology without having to develop an appreciation for boring economy?
posted by -harlequin- to Technology (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I know that electric race cars will eventually easily outperform the most powerful gasoline cars, but not for many years yet.
In the meantime (or in the much-nearer-future), where do the seemingly contradictory streams cross, where displays of power are also displays of energy efficiency? Where greenies and muscle gearheads can both get excited?
Where an open ended exciting challenge that pushes the envelope of what we can do, is not always met by sacrificing how we do it, and thus producing contenders that are environmentally beautiful as well as awesome?
Energy efficiency, almost by definition precludes spectacle, but it is the way the world is moving, so where canwe find (or create) the raw exhilarating spectacle of energy efficiency?