Thursday, September 24, 2009


More Gadgets, More Power

In Power Shortages below, I noted that to handle the quickly growing mountain of data and cloud computing services, modern societies will require the construction of more data centers, which will consume more power. Just before that, in Oil and the Downhill Slide, I noted that Jevons paradox would help offset any efficiency gains. Here is a media article (thanks to the FTW Blog for bringing this article to my attention) which illustrates the operation of these forces with regard to consumer appliances. Our economy (which requires growth) and Jevons paradox dictate that the world will have more data centers and more consumer appliances consuming more energy. Again, any gains in efficiency will be handily offset by the rapid proliferation of data and appliances, until finally the economy blows like a punctured tire.

Resistance is futile.

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