There’s a lot of Software in Our Future
It’s quite a bit of time that Juval Lowy—a Microsoft software legend—talks about energy and its relation to software and calls this the next bubble prefiguring the next boom for developers. To paraphrase John Lennon, he may be a dreamer, but he’s not the only one.
Weeks ago, having heard me a bit concerned about our future, my kids (11 and 8) started their own conversation about a world without computers and programs. How could do school homework without Word to help us put down writings? How could we search for details without Google? How could we get in touch without email? And how could we chat without Messenger?
And I also wondered what else I could do in a world without computers? If nothing happens, if the drift is unremitting, is the Western society destined to collapse?
It’s certainly possible. Never set limits to the human stupidity.
But, beyond temporary depression J, the software is the key to the future. Not a remote future, but the future that begins tomorrow morning.
A lot is being said about alternative energy, but I feel that real point is optimizing the demand/response pattern through which we get energy for our everyday life. I totally buy Juval’s statements in the DevConnections Spring 2009 keynote “The Energynet: the next boom in software”. We need smart power grid as opposed to today’s dumb grids. It is impossible to imagine a physical replacement of the grids all over the world. But we can make the grid smart. In just one way—the software.
It seems like we are witnessing an era of epochal changes—for our generation, the second big change after Internet. We’re not there yet. But we’ll get there. And the key of everything is – and will remain – the software.
Thanks God, kids, dad is in the right business J