As the cost of energy goes up, the cost of information technology has been brought down by the improvements in information processing, telecommunications, microprocessors and electronics more generally. And the energy required for use of the technology has also decreased, though this effect has been a by-product of the search for efficiency and speed of operation (which has led to today's chips with no moving parts) rather than an objective in itself. Moreover some of the activities which consume the most energy are the most amenable to control and optimization through use of information technology. Some of these opportunities are: computer simulation in automotive design followed by computerized control of fuel use in the engine; computer-aided analysis of traffic flow to determine fuel-saving scheduling of transportation systems; computerized process control in manufacturing; computerized control of space heating based on monitoring; in agriculture, microclimate control in greenhouses; and in electric power.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1983|
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