Re: re:Hole in a box

From: scerir (
Date: Mon Feb 18 2002 - 09:16:40 MST

From: "Robert J. Bradbury"
> Of course we feel in the current era that producing and using the
> energy as rapidly as we can is the correct perspective. Perhaps
> this is because we are in the era where bits generated per unit
> energy consumed exceed bits consumed per unit energy generated.
> But will that always be true?

In "Possibilities for Substitution between Energy, Time and Information,"
Daniel Spreng
discusses many aspects of physics, engineering and economics and
examines the use of those three quantities, in cumulative form, as
factors of production for any economic activity. Examination of the
influence of "new information technology" (NIT) on energy demand shows
that NIT is used--and could be used much more--to conserve energy,
but that NIT serves more often to speed up processes rather than make
them more energy efficient.

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