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P2P Air Travel and Electric Power

December 6th, 2005 · No Comments

Jon Udell writes:

Although the internet seems to touch every aspect of our lives, its network effects have yet to transform two major infrastructures: electric power and air travel. In earlier items — The energy web and Peer-to-peer air travel — I wrote about how we’ll expose these infrastructures to the kinds of network effects that we now take for granted when we use services like craigslist and eBay.

The visions are spelled out most clearly in the EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) roadmap, a lucid prescription for an intelligent power grid, and in James Fallows’ Free Flight, which chronicles the efforts of Eclipse Aviation and others to create air taxi services that leverage thousands of regional airports like mine.

In the Web 2.0 era, we’re learning how to build and use software that enables us to collectively manage information resources. Those skills will serve us well in Web 3.0, when we expose other kinds of resources — power, transportation — to the same network effects.

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