Wind Power shows potential

This Wired News story quotes Stanford researchers’ findings that wind power could be used to easily supply the world’s energy needs, with the potential to supply 5 times its current usage.

A new map of global wind speeds, compiled by researchers at Stanford University, shows wind speeds at more than 8,000 sites around the world. The researchers found that at least 13 percent of those sites experience winds fast enough to power a modern wind turbine. If turbines were set up in all these regions, they would generate 72 terawatts of electricity, according to the researchers.

Barlow on getting older and smarter

Reason has a interesting interview with John Perry Barlow. The topic starts out about Barlow’s coming appearance on Discovery Channel as a subject in a reality show on the aging of the Boomers, but it always seems to get around to intellectual rights. These are vital issues for discussion in a “free society”.

I get pilloried for saying this — “Oh, Barlow thinks the Grateful Dead model ought to extend to the world” — but I don’t see any reason why it can’t. It worked for us and it has worked for everyone else I’ve ever seen try it. I think that what we stumbled into was a real deep — we didn’t know it at the time — a deep quality of how an information economy works. We really did just stumble into it. We just decided it was morally shaky to toss people out of concerts just because they had tape recorders. It’s bad for your karma to be mean to a Deadhead.