Trials and tribulations of the early tech adapter

Early Adapters/Early Pioneers – The laws vs human nature

Patrick Lalande on WordPress

In today’s capitalist society, some early adapters of today’s cutting edge technologies could be compared with early pioneers.  Rather than trudging across some unexplored far-distant tundra, they are navigating the unknown economics of solar power, wind power, and fuel cells.   Instead of facing the dangers of ferocious meat-eating animals and braving the harshness of an unknown climate these people face economic uncertainties and big government.  Back then, it was human nature that pressed them on just as today’s early tech adapters?  What forces will win?  Human nature or our laws?

Fuel cells make power for homes in Japan  makes the case for the difficulties and doubt that early adapters have but also states a case for integration of these types of technologies into our daily lives. 

The benefits expand past the economics as far-reaching and different as global warming and ego with bragging rights.  Those benefits also include better educating of future generations.  

When we of the current generation engage our fellow citizens in the enabling of emerging technologies we should not forget to analyze the roadblocks that past generations have put in place. 

I know that in Florida, if one was to put a environmentally-friendly power system in their home,s and it produced more than adequate power for their domain, the two choices that they have to preserve the extra power is to (a) not produce it or (b) sell it back to the power company, maybe as a load equalizer to avoid requiring additional power plants during peak loads or for a back-up in case of a natural disaster.

The obvious answer would be to sell in to the power companies but that, due to a state-sponsored power monopoly, only yields credits.  And this in one of the best areas in the United States to produce solar power. 

What is to be done to monetize a distributed power grid that needs money to continue to grow?  What would someone do with their credits once they have produced more than they could reasonably use in their lifetime?  What happens to those credits if someone moves out of state?  Why don’t credits earn interest?  Are these valid questions?  Let me ask one more.

In order to foster the growth of entrepreneurialism and enable creativity, these old methods of doing business should be changed.  I say, change them earlier than later.  Do you agree?



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