Unplugged: Without the Grid, Modern Man Is Totally in the Dark

August 16, 2003 | Source: Washington Post

Perhaps this is time for everyone to take stock of their dependence on invisible technologies.

Ray Kurzweil, author of “The Age of Spiritual Machines,” says the Blackout of 2003 shows that the electrical grid is merely a first Industrial Revolution technology. It’s highly centralized. It’s old-fashioned. We are now in the midst of the second Industrial Revolution, which favors decentralized technologies such as the Internet.

“The second is based more on emulating the ways of biology, and biology tends to be decentralized. Consider the brain. There’s no chief executive officer neuron,” says Kurzweil.