Thursday, November 20, 2014

Digitization: The underrated driver for a Better World – Business Week

by Eike Wenzel Source: Business Week Green

Sustainability is not so easy. In San Francisco, one of the Ökohauptstädte this world, the happy proliferation of usually touted as particularly green Urban Gardening Movement currently exacerbated the housing crisis. The example of the limousine service Uber shows that this could prove to be cultivated by the Internet communities parts, sharing, part-time and collective benefit of things and services as brutal capitalist devil. And is the carsharing hype not at least questionable, if more and more free floating cars clog our inner cities and make public transport customers alienated?

About the Author

  • Eike Wenzel

    Eike Wenzel is considered one of Germany’s most renowned trend and future researcher and has worked as the first German scientists with the LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability) , At this point, he writes about how digitization can enable a more sustainable use of resources.

This examples show: A new value culture beyond greed, and have chiquen scaling effects is obviously not child’s play

Sustainability is a dilemma practice, a permanent handling of contradictions and double bottoms.. The army of millions of politically incorrectness, has been playing the game with the structural impossibility, “the indubitable a good deed” to do for our environment. It comes with their nitpicking only cynicism out – and the cowardice of their own responsibility

At the end of certainties

Any reasonably enlightened people would have since the beginning of the 21.. <"MsoNormal" p class => his century clear that there are no more certainties, and certainly not on the way to a new energy future

In the past ten years, we have achieved a great deal: let cutting-edge technologies. themselves – in terms of higher efficiency and use of a braked resource consumption – as never before in human history. Real future technologies will be environmental technologies in the coming years especially, or they will not earn the label “future”.

Step industrial development

  • First industrial Revolution

    The first industrial revolution is dated to the late 18th century. Featured she was by the introduction of mechanical production, which were powered by water and steam power. During this time, the first mechanical loom was developed.

    Source: German Bank Research Industry 4.0 – Upgrading the industrial location Germany is imminent, as of February 2014

  • Second Industrial Revolution

    The invention first production lines in slaughterhouses in the United States is a symptom of the second industrial revolution. The availability of electrical energy for production purposes related from the second half of the 19th century, the introduction of labor mass production.

  • Third Industrial Revolution

    In the 70s of the last century, the automated production further. From this period to no longer just division of labor was operated, but all operations were taken over by machines. The basis for this development, the use of electronics and IT.

  • Fourth Industrial Revolution: Industry 4.0

    The industry 4.0 will be the fourth industrial revolution. In the “smart factory” to people, equipment and resources to communicate. This particular product is fed with information about yourself, can optimize its own production process.

However, technology has always driven the business in the energy markets to a high degree. In a society that sees itself as an enlightened and democratic, but always opportunities and reasonableness of the use of technology must be weighed. We have, in other words, the right and the duty on the design of energy and mobility turn to decide. We as a society have to make the decision on the best possible use of technology.

The fact that we want to prevent a looming climate catastrophe and this on the basis of a sustainable energy market, applies at the international level remains as agreed. But without the use of the latest technologies

digitization as enablers of the energy revolution

is us not succeed. Therefore, we must act responsibly all the more. This means, in my view, that we are obliged to invest in new technologies. Represent Given the immense challenges that climate change and energy transition to our economic and social system, it belongs to a responsible, open to the future action that we basically view technology as an outstanding human achievements and as tools.

These tools are definitely the blessings of digitization.

The digitization will transform all processes in our economy, that’s for sure for a long time. The Intricate to such influential megatrends such as demographic change, energy policy and, indeed, the digitization is that you can not escape them.


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