i read somewhere (don't ask me where) that the concept of large-scale transmission of electrical power is an outdated concept .
the article claimed that enough power can be produced "on site" in a variety of ways to serve the needs of small and large buildings , and factories .
a combination of power sources : underground heat , sun power (even when it's cloudy) , better insulation , heat-recycling .. . would at some future date make electrical transmisssion uneconomical and unnecessary .
will i ever see it ? probably not .
i become involved with computers in 1961 . at that time it was claimed that widespread computer use would not be possible because of the enormous power requirements of computers .
our first on-site computer (IBM 1401) required 2 inch cables for inter-connection and massive air-conditioning and humidification equipment .
not even 50 years later , pre-kindergarten kids use computers with more power than that first computer had .
since we've gone from coal-oil lamps to gaslight to electricity in about 150 years , who knows what it will be like in another 150 years .
i might just want to check .
IBM 1401 computer - we received a truckload of computer punchcards at least once a week to feed the monster .
programs were handcoded and "keypunched" by "keypunch operators" .
each program was single-fed into the computer since it didn't have the storage capacity to store more than 1 (ONE !) program at the time .
keypunch operators at work - they provided 'the muscle" for the operations