But that's is exactly the cusp upon which we are standing. The largest single use of energy in the developed world is transportation. 25% of America's petroleum is consumed directly by commuting, which does not count its second-order effects such as nannies driving around town taking care of children whose parents never see them awake, fast food eaten by people who can't get home in time to cook, and all the gardeners, plumbers, electricians, etc., driving to the homes of people who have no time for DIY projects. You don't have to remind me that America's managers have not yet figured out how to manage people they can't spy on constantly, even though many of them are younger than me and I know how to do it. But as soon as the younger generation, who have grown up with cellphones, FaceBook and MMORPGs, take over the business world, they themselves will refuse to spend two hours moving their bodies from one building with a telephone and an internet connection into another building with a telephone and an internet connection, so they will have no incentive to browbeat their employees into doing it. At this point employees will be rated, paid and promoted on the basis of what they accomplish, not the number of hours they spend very cleverly looking busy. (And yes, I too can name one gigantic employer that will have a really major problem with this. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!) And this will cause a drastic decrease in our energy consumption. I'm one of the oldest people here and I have happily learned to balance the silicon world with the carbon world. I don't think the kids who would be my greatgrandchildren (if I had any children) will have the slightest problem with the adaptation. The evidence is all around you. Record stores went out of business ten years ago, and bookstores are just starting to fold. Brick-and-mortar "stores" of most kinds will eventually become obsolete, as we do more of our shopping online. There will surely continue to be places where people gather in large numbers to share an experience and pick up on each other's energy, such as concert halls and sport stadiums. But working and shopping ain't it. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! The internet is catalyzing that too. Did you not feel a little pang of "at last" when Americans wept over the real-time cellphone videos of Neda Agha Soltan dying in the street in a country that we claim we don't even like very much? Americans wrote songs about her! Notice that the only countries that our government feels safe in bombing anymore are the ones that don't have major internet service? Those people are anonymous, statistical abstractions to us, rather than real folks with names and faces and families and hopes and dreams. Once your children have played videogames with their children, it's all over! Yes, the Electronic Revolution (which began in 1833 with the first commercial telegraph) has its down side. So did the Industrial Revolution; just read Dickens. But the up side will be worth it.