In Silicon Valley we hear a lot about innovation. It is the mantra
for entrepreneurs, managers, engineers, educators, even our local politicians.
Disruption >> Innovation
a little harder to see is disruption
to the entire order. We are so
used to change in Silicon Valley that we don't always see how fast a
complete transformation shifts into place ... or what it takes for that shift to happen.
Since I first
heard Bucky Fuller explain the essential discipline of doing more with
from "fossil fuels" to renewable energy has been the obvious answer for me. I still regularly encounter skepticism, but that's
normal for those of us who act upon the pressing need for
One person who has done an excellent job of articulating this need and the opportunity it represents is Tony Seba [video]
. He calls it Clean Disruption [slide deck]
goes far beyond clean innovation. Echoing that sentiment in the context of becoming Solar Nations
, it's high time for
humanity to make an about-face, to abandon fossil fuels, not only because
it's necessary but also because it's more effective, and more
economical ... by far.
Tony sees the big picture. It's not hard, after all. Here's how he laid it out for transportation in his presentation (slide #70):
3D - Clean Disruption of [Transportation] |
©2016 Tony Seba
Well, if you look closely, you will notice that he has actually drawn vehicles for a 2D world where the configuration driver is still rubber tires on asphalt (a variation on the theme of fossil fuels, a substance that breeds potholes in the end). And the Law of Conservation of Momentum
still holds, dictating that sooner or later, energy efficient, asset utilizing, autonomy capable cars will still bump into things. (Ouch!
) And because of that, they can't go very fast, either. They gotta watch out for people and things on the ground.
In the modern 3D city, transportation will soon become 3D too, something like this:
Come the Solarevolution, solar-powered, automated, non-stop, elevated podcars will run on high strength steel lasting 10X longer than asphalt -- and cheaper. The pods will weigh 10X less than Teslas. (They don't have to carry lots of heavy batteries and be built like tanks to protect their occupants.) The pillars will require 1000X less land area than cars, freeing up the ground level for human activity.
|4D - Clean Transportation|
(with apologies to Tony Seba)
Ooops.... Excuse me while I make a little adjustment...
|Ahh, that's better.|
So now we have room in our cities for people, pets, pedals and petals!
|4D Transportation as if people mattered|
And travelers win too. Because elevated vehicles can't hit people, the passengers in podcars zooming overhead will get to where they're going much faster.
Now that's what I call disruption