2041 SCENARIOS

Computation, Energy and the Planet

SCENARIO TWO

Automation

New energy – Classical computation

Energy management by environment optimisation

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ALL SCENARIOS

SCENARIO ONE

Convergence

Traditional energy - Classical computation
Energy management by small-scale optimisation

SCENARIO TWO

Automation

New energy -
Classical computation

Energy management by environment optimisation

SCENARIO THREE

Quantum

Traditional energy - New computation
Energy management through grid optimisation

SCENARIO FOUR

Unknowable

New energy -
New computation
Energy management by bottomless generation