Randy Kritkausky, Revolutionary or Evolutionary Change? The Transition from Dinosaurs to Smart Mammals and Smart Grids, The Solutions Journal, Volume 1, Issue 5, September 2010, Pages 45-46 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/revolutionary-or-evolutionary-change-the-transition-from-dinosaurs-to-smart-mammals-and-smart-grids/) Abstract: I recently was lost in the Gobi Desert of China’s Inner Mongolia. We eventually found a road that brought us out through the Valley of the Dinosaurs, where archeologists are making newsworthy discoveries about reptiles that have, rightly or wrongly, become a metaphor for life-forms that were swept away in the tides of historical and climactic change because of their inability to adapt. Within hours, I was driving down a newly paved road counting giant windmills on the horizon in the neighboring Ningxia Province. This contrast epitomizes China’s, and the world’s, dilemma: can we make the leap from dinosaur-scaled and maladaptive social and technological modes of living to sustainable twenty-first-century technology and social forms quickly enough? The answer, and a bit of hope, can also be found in China. Despite an outdated reputation for not being technically innovative, and continuing real concerns about being socially and politically ossified, China’s entrepreneurs … Topics: Economy; Energy; Sustainability; Technology