Book Title: The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power by Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 290 pages
Genre: Non-fiction Futurism
Publisher: DW Books
Release date: July 2020
Content Rating: G. No erotic or bad language
The evolution of buildings, transportation and power will determine how our future looks and feels, and in the book Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber argue the Energy Efficiency Megatrend will shape our future technology. Buildings and vehicles will evolve into sentient-appearing machines such that we will be living, working and moving about inside robots. Buildings may develop personalities and the transportation system will have any manner of vehicle available at a moment’s notice. This complex, interconnected system will be powered by the clean and efficient conversion of fuels and energy flows that surround us.
Do you LOVE learning about the world around you? Well, then I have the book for you. The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power by Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber was so interesting to read. I enjoyed the chapter layouts and how each subject flowed neatly into the next; plus, I liked how at the end of each chapter they did a little summary. Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber’s explanation of things like the future of AI and graphene (a new building material) were some of my favorites to learn about; although there were many more I enjoyed reading about as well 😊 those two just stuck out to me. While not everything in this book was a new concept, I think I came out on the other side having a better understanding of the technology that we have currently and what could be coming in the future as well.
I may not be an expert in the field of energy or building, I do think that Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber accurately described everything (technological wise) that is going on with our world and they did it in an easy-to-understand way. Explaining each idea and going a step further and explaining its purpose and its possible downfalls, which I appreciated. It is a book I will recommend to anyone who enjoys learning and a book that will find a permanent place on my bookshelf (when it is not loaned out to someone!).
I highly recommend this book. 5 out of 5 stars.
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.
Hello Roger Duncan!
Thanks for stopping by today so we can learn more about you and why you write about what you do!
Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
I think one of the best pieces of advice I have seen is to always set up next day’s writing before you go to bed. I often will leave a section unfinished at the end of the day just to have an easy starting point the next day, already knowing what I want to write. And since I work from an outline, if I get stuck, I will just start putting down sentence fragments and thoughts to get started, knowing I will go back and fix things
In today’s tech savvy word, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts on your book on paper?
I have written some notes and organized my thoughts on paper, but my favorite tool for planning my work is a whiteboard. Since I was working from home, and did not have room to install an office sized whiteboard in the house, I used a whiteboard paint to convert one wall of my garage. I used it to outline each chapter of my book. After I had a detailed outline on the whiteboard wall, I would take a picture with my phone and then sit down at the computer and start working on the actual text. It was a great way to develop ideas before putting them down “on paper.”
What is your favorite travel spot?
We love the rainforests. We have been to the Amazon many times in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. Our favorite experience is an early morning canoe trip for birdwatching. But our favorite regular country to visit is Costa Rica. They have a combination of rainforests and beaches where we can see monkeys and exotic birds and still take a walk on the beach at dusk. When we are able to travel again Costa Rica will be our first vacation.
What’s the scariest thing that ever happened to you?
One summer while in college I worked at a Butane plant. The refinery was massive and the greatest danger was fire, since we were refining highly explosive liquids and gases. I was starting an evening shift when someone ran by yelling that there was “a fire in the sump.” The sump was the area underneath the big diesel generators where oil accumulated. Soon a handful of us has fire hoses on the flames, but water cannot extinguish an oil fire. We were standing between the flames and a large tank called an “accumulator” that stored volatile gas and it was getting hot, so we were using the fire hoses to push back the flames and to keep the tank cool. Sirens were going off now warning people for miles around. The company had a truck with CO2 foam to put out oil fires, but no one could find the keys. Finally, they got a truck on the scene to extinguish the blaze, and inspectors later said we were within a couple of minutes of a major explosion.
What is the last book you read?
The most recent great book I have read is Scale by Geoffrey West. West discovered that mammals to a large degree are just scaled versions of each other. Their metabolism, weight, heart rate, life span and many other factors are scaled to their size. He then found that the principle of scale also applied to cities, companies and other organizations and was an accurate predictor of the efficiency and success of both animals and organizations. It was a delightful discovery of an underlying principle in the world around us.
Well thank you again for stopping by Roger Duncan, I enjoyed getting to learn from you and your perceptive! I too am fascinated by how the world around us works together and I know quite a few of my reader are as well.
Until next time,
The Travelers Wife
Roger Duncan is a former Austin, Texas City Council member and the former General Manager of Austin Energy, the municipal electric utility. He is also a former Research Fellow at the Energy Institute at the University of Texas.
Michael E. Webber is the Josey Centennial Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas, and Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a multi-national energy services and ingrastructure company.
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