It International Energy Agency (IEA) reported in May 2011 that "energy-related carbon dioxide emissions during the year of 2010 were the highest in history." In 2007, IEA estimated that standby "vampire" loads represent 1% of the world's CO2 emissions, and subsequently set out a plan to reduce standby loads to 1 W /device by 2010 and 0.5 W/device by 2013. I hope that Power 2.0 is even more aggressive than this. For most consumer devices, no -- ZERO -- standby power at all is needed. DVRs are the biggest culprits, with no "wake on lan"-style implementation for recording or software updates out of sheer laziness and faux cost reduction (c.f. impact of CO2 emissions on the planet). Get with it, Power 2.0, and push for a substantial reduction in standby power. And I hope the tech press keeps their feet to the global warming fire!
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.