The sustainable Matrix

Disclaimer: This is a forward looking post where I’m not using scientific research. Instead it’s  hypothetical and can be found unrealistic. However, I find it worth to share to imagine a possible future.

For sure you have seen the Matrix, but probably long ago. Watching it again in 2016 made me think about the future of sustainable energy, artificial intelligence and Virtual reality.

What if the Matrix was not conceived to harvest human energy (which has no sense as an energy cycle) but to reduce the energy consumption of humanity and maximize the number of humans?


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I’m convinced that we will live in abundant energy in the near future, and possibly with the harnessing of fusion, this will be even more. The problem will not be energy but other more limited resources such as food and water, if more than 100 billion humans are to live in the planet.

Will it be necessary to create a matrix, where we live in virtual reality, but consume the minimum water and food per human? Would that be necessarily a choice for each individual to live in the virtual reality / simulation, instead of real live with restricted access to resources?

If the goal of the human species is to multiply and increase species resilience by becoming interplanetary, virtual reality life paired with lowest resource consumption can allow to live in the mind and multiply anywhere.

In fact, if Artificial Intelligence has the goal of maximizing the number of humans, that is the path we might take, don’t you think?

Regarding interplanetary travel, it might be the solution for several generations to travel while living in virtual reality, until another livable planet 1000 years apart is reached.

However, this theory could be completely wrong if there is an evolution towards cyborg humans where minds become artificial and undying…

“Baseload” is an obsolete pre-energy-transition concept?

“Baseload” is so much twentieth century… It is a concept widely used when demand was not flexible. When there was an uncontrollable consumption and industries were not adapting their production to availability of abundant energy. When the goal was to have nuclear and other conventional power plants running 24/7.

In the twenty-first century, the demand curve is not going to be flat, but is going to be variable and smartly adapted to supply of renewable energy.


The “base load” game. Image from Maria Yan (Yanovski-55776) on

Let’s look at the energy demand to challenge this concept…

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Future superavits in Energythaca

On one hand, the rise of renewable energy, even before the 100% goal, will bring superavit of power. This means there will be excess power that is not required in the system. It already is happening and it will be even more so. This power can be stored, but of course, using it directly is more efficient and thus, preferable.

On the other hand, the penetration of robotics and software will change the jobs available for humans, as is in discussion in Davos these days. This means there will also be a superavit of productivity.


Overflow. Image from Andrea Kratzenger on

We will have Superavit of Power and Superavit of Productivity, that we must use wisely to Sigue leyendo

Publication: PV on water channels. Avoiding evaporation through power generation

We recently got published the following article on Elsevier’s Solar Energy:

Solar Energy  Water canal use for the implementation and efficiency optimization of photovoltaic facilities: Tajo-Segura transfer scenario

Solar Energy, Volume 126 , March 2016, Pages 168-194 A. Colmenar-Santos, Ángel Buendía, Carlos de Palacio, David Borge-Diez,tRczt1q

(Note: The article can be accessed for free for a short time!)

FI 2014:  3.469

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