Internet Lessons for Solving Energy
When: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Amphitheater “Room 204”
Cost: $20 per person. Includes box lunch with dessert and beverage.
Parking: Garage parking is available at the AT&T Conference Center for $4 (Your ticket will be validated upon check-in).
Summary: Come let’s talk about lessons from 65 years of building the Internet and how they might help us solve energy. For example, if the Internet is any guide, solving energy is not a Manhattan Project, which took three years, nor even an Apollo Mission. Solving energy will take decades, and when we’re done, we will not be using less energy than today — we’ll have energy in squanderable abundance. How should we think about energy? Solving energy will involve some thermodynamics, and some government policy, but the Internet teaches that the best lens to use in looking at energy is networking. And again, if the Internet is any guide, the Enernet will be architected, layered, intelligent, distributed, local, asynchronous, and storified. Who will solve energy? Mostly fiercely competing teams of research professors, graduating students, scaling entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, strategic partners, and early adopters, if the Internet is any guide.
For questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 471-8611.
Professor Bob Metcalfe
Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at the University of Texas at Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering. Professor is Bob’s new, fifth career. Previously he was a venture capitalist, publisher-pundit, entrepreneur-executive, and scientist-engineer. He is best known for inventing Ethernet in 1973 and founding 3Com Corporation in 1979. Bob is a recipient of the National Medal of Technology, for “leadership in the invention, standardization, and commercialization of Ethernet,” of which, if you count WiFi, we ship about a billion new ports a year.