Following is the essay you can designate as Volume 10, Number 35 of This Week's Clue, based on the e-mail newsletter I have produced since March, 1997. It would be the issue of September 3.
Technology is no longer defined by the few, but by the many. Computing power is no longer centralized, but decentralized. The greatest use of spectrum comes from unlicensed frequencies, not licensed ones. The best network is a dumb one, defined at the edge rather than the center. The big money in politics should come from the netroots, not the big contributors.
Open source. The Internet. WiFi. Howard Dean. Blogs. They're all telling us the same thing.
Our approach to the War Against Oil is completely wrong.
We're focused on defining point sources, on big plants. On corporate or government control. We should be focused on decentralized systems, defined at their edge. They're more robust, they're more defensible against attack by guerillas, but more important they work.
Yet the proprietary centralized model is the only one we read about. That's because, in the oil era, this defined the only correct approach. Oil and coal aren't everywhere. The process of cracking petroleum to produce useful fuels is dirty and dangerous. Tesla beat Edison.
With new times, new sources, and new problems should come new approaches.