Special Report on the Present and Future Trends in Global Internet Infrastructures

The Cloud Begins With Coal: The Report

The information economy is a blue-whale economy with its energy uses mostly out of sight. Based on a mid-range estimate, the world’s Information-Communications-Technologies (ICT) ecosystem uses about 1,500 TWh of electricity annually, equal to all the electric generation of Japan and Germany combined — as much electricity as was used for global illumination in 1985.  The ICT ecosystem now approaches 10% of world electricity generation.  Or in other energy terms – the zettabyte era already uses about 50% more energy than global aviation.

Manhattan Institute Reports

Prometheus Bound: How Regulations Stifle a U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance

The conditions are ripe for a boom in American manufacturing, especially in high-tech, high-value-added sectors, including semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, refined hydrocarbons, chemicals, and cloud infrastructure. Moreover, considering energy costs, property rights, and the quality of its workforce, the U.S. remains one of the world’s most competitive places to do business.

Are Skilled Trades Doomed to Decline?

Global forces and technology trends are creating opportunities as well as challenges for American workers. There are an estimated one-half million more jobs available than workers with relevant skills in trades from construction and manufacturing to aviation.