Tommaso Maria Sarpietro

Shanghai/beijing/milan, China

About Tommaso Maria

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Chinese, English, Italian

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Tommaso Maria Sarpietro
Posted over 3 years ago
We capture a diverse set of energy very efficiently and find a way to transfer it into a system with a large storage capacity.
Hi, I think that energy storage is among the biggest challenges today. We could cover Sahara desert with solar panels and cover a big portion of European demand, but how to transfer this energy or how to store is still a problem. I heard Siemens had some project related to Sahara solar energy for Europe.. According to order of magnitude I would try to get energy efficiently from huge sources (wind, sun, sea), rather than turning human beings into batteries, that reminds me Matrix and scares me a little bit as concept. There are several interesting projects of alternative energy, this for instance is beyond standard wind energy, it uses wings that works with high-altitude winds: http://www.kitegen.com/en/?page_id=2
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Tommaso Maria Sarpietro
Posted over 3 years ago
How should economy system that comes after capitalism look like?
Very good topic. In my opinion it would be useful to separate capitalism and democracy, as we already have examples of fast growing economies in not democratic countries that are using capitalistic models. It is not a big error to say that democracy was invented in Athens by Greeks and it was a well working model for a limited number of people. Already in ancient Greece, when the size of the cities (poleis) increased, the democratic system started to deflect toward an oligarchic one. Nowadays our governments deal with million people, even more than one billion for India and China, it is clear that the democracy as romantic idea of direct influence of individuals on politics is gradually disappearing. The huge numbers of Global Village require a different type of politics, i would say less idealistic and corrupted and more capable and pragmatic. In order to have a system that is more human than capitalism we need a certain stability and equality around the world. Probably after the development of African continent there could be a post-capitalism era. As mentioned before our political and economical systems should take into account huge populations in terms of needs, rights, services and so no.. China and India are the examples to look at, I found this talk very interesting: http://www.ted.com/talks/yasheng_huang.html