It all started when Grandpa sent through an news article he received from a friend. His friend was excited because he'd found a news article online that talked about breakthrough technology. He said this in his email (my emphasis in red):
Greetings from Clunes – Graeme is busy getting the marinade ready for the chicken and beef for tomorrow night’s meal and June has gone to Ballarat to play the recorder in a recorder band.
Looking forward to catching up tomorrow.
Attached is a momentous news item. It has the potential to wind down the fossil fuel industry. Watch the opposition/resistance to implement these inventions!.
[name witheld :-]
Click here to open the article Renewables changing the nature of power and check out the details yourself.
Ok- so let's presume for a moment that this might be true. So, there's some scientists at Harvard and MIT (real human beings) that understand how this technology could work for humanity in a meaningful way. Who owns these ideas? Harvard and MIT? The human beings whose brains continued the work of their scientific forbears? The forbears – do they own the ideas? What about a rich First World corporation – can they own the ideas? Or do these ideas really belong to the Commons – the collection of all human knowledge used for the benefit of all human beings – not just a bunch of rich fellows already having a totally awesome life with the benefits that come with unlimited funds.
I understand that business has an imperative to deliver innovation and service to their customers. Science and technology provides a total, rounded solution to all global resource issues. We are "hitting the straps" about now with our human endevour and so it becomes a choice – do we keep doing this dumb shit we're doing or do we open up the patent office – or better still take Elon Musk's lead – to expose the ideas that will form the new global paradigm? No brainer.
Here is Paul Gilding's encouragement for those in the positions of organisations of influence: