Shift EV

Transportation is the sector with the largest CO2 emissions, accounting for 37% of total CO2 emissions from end-use sectors globally. A crucial strategy for the reduction of those emissions is the electrification of transportation. In that regard it is exciting [...]  Read more

Ishmael (Book Review)

Recently someone tweeted at me that I should read Ishmael by David Quinn in response to a piece I posted about the need for unlimited growth in a finite world . Well I have read it and now find myself [...]  Read more

To Infinity and Beyond

“Infinite growth in a finite world is an impossibility” goes a popular quote. It is usually rolled out to illustrate that sustainability requires humanity to impose limits. Sometimes people then point to a specific element that they argue we will [...]  Read more


For the original web to be widely adopted, people needed a web browser. This seems trivial today as every new computing device comes preloaded with one or more browsers. But early on this was a chicken and egg problem. There [...]  Read more


Increased mobility is one of the great accomplishments of the industrial age. We can get to places much faster whether it is for work, to visit friends and family, for sightseeing, or to participate in an event. Those gains, however, [...]  Read more


Electrification of transportation, heating, and various industrial processes is crucial to fighting the climate crisis. Of course that’s only true if we wind up generating that electricity without carbon emissions. Renewable energy, including wind, hydro and solar will play a [...]  Read more


“Danger, Will Robinson!” was one of the catchphrases of Robot Model B-9, mostly known simply as the Robot, in the 1960s TV Series Lost in Space. More than half a century later, we have plenty of industrial robots toiling away [...]  Read more