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On Friday, The New York Times ran an article on the state of our nation’s electric lighting industry.
In the article, the author, David L. Haddock, the managing editor for the paper, cited a report by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences that said that “a century from now, the lights on our homes, offices and businesses will be so advanced that people won’t need to have lights.”
The paper quoted the lead author of the report, Professor David E. Fauci, as saying, “The future of lighting is going to look a lot like our modern lives, with our lights powered by the sun and our homes powered by batteries.”
Haddock then went on to explain that, “A century from today, people won.
They’ll have lights and they’ll have them cheap.”
According to Faucom, the next big change will be in our homes.
“I predict we’re going to see an explosion of the home as a home,” he said.
“You’ll see the average price of a home go up by more than $100,000.
That’s because you’re going home from work.
You’ll see it in your garage.”
In addition to a new type of lighting that will be affordable to the average consumer, Haddock predicted that home automation will be cheaper than it is today.
“It’s not going to cost a lot of money to put the light on,” he told the Times.
“That’s why the first generation of smart lighting was so affordable.
If you’re just getting a few hours of entertainment, and you don’t need the light, it’s going to be cheaper for you to just use your smart lightbulbs.
It’ll be cheaper to go to the gym and the TV and the computer.”
But, as Fauco explained, “You don’t want the lights to go off.
You want the light to stay on.”
The article also referenced the “solar panel explosion” that is currently taking place in our solar systems, which are becoming cheaper and cheaper to install.
“This is going out to all of us,” Haddock explained.
“If we don’t do something about it, we’re gonna see it happen every generation.”
“A century is the new one,” Fauccio continued.
“The next century is going up.
It’s just a matter of when.”
Haddock then took on the idea of creating a universal energy source that could power all of our devices.
“Why not have all of these electric lamps that can go on the wall that can do all of this?” he asked.
“We can’t do it, but it’s not a big problem if we can, right?”
While the New York article was about the energy industry, another story appeared in The Wall Street Journal on Sunday.
The paper reported that the “United States Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has awarded a $100 million grant to the National Electric Light Company to develop a solar energy technology to power all electricity-generating and energy-saving devices in the United States.”
A spokesperson for the DOE told The Times that the agency has “long been concerned about the need for a more efficient energy infrastructure.”
It appears that, despite these concerns, the DOE has made it easy for the company to receive funding to develop such a technology.
“We have a lot more than just solar,” FCA spokesperson Amy Shatz told The New Yorker.
“Solar energy has the potential to power everything.
That includes our electric cars, our electric homes, our air conditioners, our thermostats, our lighting, and even our refrigerators.”
This technology could allow us to have “energy-saving bulbs,” which will provide us with a lot less energy than we currently use, she continued.
For example, the solar energy system in the office that powers the lighting would generate just a few percent of the energy that it takes to light the entire office.
According the DOE, “This [technology] could be used to power electric lights in office buildings, smart lighting in homes, and smart lighting at retail stores, airports, and other commercial facilities.”
And the DOE’s statement on the development of this solar technology is not encouraging.
“As part of our efforts to achieve a low-carbon future, the Department of Transportation is partnering with solar companies to develop technologies that will reduce the use of coal, oil, and natural gas for electricity generation and for transportation,” the DOE said.
Shatz then explained that, even though this technology is very different from the one in the New Yorker article, there are some similarities between the two.
In fact, the company that is developing the solar technology in the NYT article is the same company that produced the solar panels that were used in the construction