SolarPeds - Implications beyond commerce

11th May 2051 

The introduction of SolarPeds five years back was greeted with scepticism by the AWT industry. ToMa was the well entrenched global leader in all segments. The consolidation in auto industry which started at the turn of the century had been spreading like rapid fire across the spectrum of the industry which had historically been diversified across transportation means. And this consolidation had really paid rich dividends to the conglomerates.

Just a decade ago, ToMa had decisively won the round against world governments and succeded in overturning legislations it deemed harmful to the AWT industry. SolarPeds have changed the game and seem to be world governments way of getting back at ToMa. (Priority Entry to all public buildings for SolarPed walkers - WorNet News - 23rd Jan 2051).

Ironically, the origins of SolarPeds from Bahmko-Vale, was ushered in by ToMa's refusal to reverse the stoppage of hybrids production. The energy balloon crisis caused by the earlier version hybrids gave ToMa a ready reason to refuse to let go of its traditional production line of AWTs.

The events which favored ToMa and allowed it to rise to the heights of corporate leadership so far were constant reduction of input costs due to backward integration accompanied with massive inorganic growth from its policy of one M/A per month. The ten year ban on hybrids as a knee jerk reaction to the energy balloon crisis by world government played right into their hands and there was no looking back after that.
Till SolarPeds, that is.

The group of new-tech entrepreneurs working on the enhanced version of hybrids to help alleviate the energy balloon crisis, were on the other hand, caught on the wrong foot. They saw their entire life's research and venture going down the drain due to ToMa's stubbornness in protecting its traditional revenue lines. The founders of SolarPeds were among these unfortunates.
However, the last five years has really seen them rise literally from the ashes and it is no coincidence that their 2050 model was named Phoenix 1.0.

Deservedly SolarPeds is now the leading case study in all B-schools, which no management student can do without. The lessons for the new generation of tech-entrpreneurs are tremendous. After the ban on even new research on any enhanced hybrids, these two bravehearts actually looked back into the pages of history and picked up another failed innovation - that of harnessing solar energy and turned it into a roaring success.

The initial forays into tapping solar energy had been a massive failure due to the very fact that nano-netcells were non existent at that point in time. While xonogranths had exploited the networking capabilities of nano-netcells, Parth and Abid (founders of SolarPeds) realised the energy store capabilities which could be unlocked. This technological breakthrough was brought about by spraying x-rays on nano-netcells changing the nth structure of their microtrons. This in effect turned the network-enabled cells into huge energy stores.

What this effectively means, for the not so techie-inclined, is that the more SolarPeds there are on the road, the less energy you need to tap and store. Remember the success of cloud computing from the twenties? Well, somewhat similar.

What is most interesting about the success of SolarPeds is that most of it is based on concepts which are now thought obsolete or failed. Just goes to show what a lot of gold mines we have discarded in the past without extracting due value.
Will this now lead to a retro-rush for scavenging old tech? Let's see...

10th May 2051 - Xonic Revolution

Good morning world.

As usual it's wonderful to wake up with happy thoughts on the right side of bed. Just back from a morning jog. The average age of my fellow joggers keeps going lower every year. I am now statistically a standard deviation from the group.

Today's topic will be the xonic revolution that we have been a part of for the last decade. Well decade and a half to be exact. For the birth of xonic was indeed around 2035. We had the silent, early adopters among the geeks of Bahmko-vale, who took the technology behind xonogranths and in trying to use it in more and more ways, assimilated it into the xonic we know of today. For the techie inclined, xonogranths are now compiled into the Indian Standards IS.X..509.w17 [why they came up with that 2 dots system is still beyond comprehension of an old foggy like myself].
At the time of writing, .wq1`7 is still under debate, they say, and will really unfetter xonic for usage in outer space as well.

Right now, I am one of the dwindling population of die-hard fans of the old devices, though the rising costs (due to low volumes as per the providers) on the old devices and the obvious advantages of switching completely on to xonet, will force me to surrender my old devices sooner than I had expected.

There's no point waiting for .wq1`7 also for two reasons -
a. The squabble between Moagol and new upstart Sedna-Q is not likely to be resolved in a hurry. The control of space-waves is at stake after all, and both are determined their specs are included in the standard. Or at least it won't be resolved till both have successfully aped each other's specs and it is no longer possible to differentiate between a MG-xon and a SQ-xon.

b. The second more practical reason for not waiting for .wq1`7 is the fact that I am in no dashing hurry to have a vacation on a Moon-resort in the near future. Even if I do decide to go, I can promise you, I for one will not be missing my xonic for a moment. Even on Earth, I feel relaxed, just detaching it for a while. Really helps my meditation sessions, and I have been known to have been found lacking a xonic even on my morning constitutionals, which my group members - especially those born on the wrong side of the century, find unbelievable and implausible.

Having seen both sides of the century personally places me with a distinct advantage. Many such advances seem to have gone through similar cycles, and though for the younger generations, they cannot imagine how the world survived 10k years without xonic, for me this is one of the many waves we have been through since lightning was harnessed.

More later ....