Re: Technology evolves, ergo automation evolves, until...

Joe Jenkins (
Wed, 4 Nov 1998 15:00:57 -0800 (PST)

---O'Dhaniel Mullette-Gillman <> wrote:

> Joe Jenkins <> wrote:

> >Although I share much enthusiasm for self replicating machines, I am
> >also skeptical of the benefits of cheap centralized energy. I am
> >currently paying about $400 a month for power to my home. I don't
> >remember the source or exact numbers, but only a small percent
> >10%) of that is being used for paying the cost of energy. The
> > majority is for distribution, maintenance of power lines, meter man,
> >and general overhead. Even if the energy was free, my bill would
> >still be around $360 and that's not exactly a major increase in
> >quality of living. A real benefit would be an energy box in
> >home that requires occasional refills of cheap chemicals. Now that
> >would make a difference.

> What you are forgetting Joe is that everyone that you are listing
> is also charging you for their expenses... such as electric.

The recursive effects of zero cost energy at the centralized power plant would not be any more drastic than the direct effects. So taking this into account would save less than an additional $40 a month. Still, not a big deal. The infrastructure needed, including real estate, and a limited ability for open competition are too much of a show stopper for real progress. Household micro power plants encourage competition and eliminate the massive infrastructure needed.

Joe Jenkins

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