Science Fiction

In my spare time, I was rummaging through the little nooks and crannies of the internet and stumbled across a place called Masdar city. Here is a city that seems to have been dragged out of the pages of science fiction. In the year 2006, someone thought it would be a good idea to plan out a completely green city with no carbon footprint. Funny story, they actually managed to translate this dream to reality. Masdar City is an $18,000,000,000 example of the future for humanity. It is located near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates with a current population of about 1,000 people.  Over the next few years it is estimated that the population will rise to near 10,000 people. A small number compared to other major cities, but in the same way that a tortoise will outrun a hare, Masdar will endure.

What does this mean for the future of humanity? There has been growing concern about our reliance on fossil fuels and non-renewable resources. This city is proof that there are effective alternatives. Conversely, this city is also shows the steep cost behind such a venture. $18 billion is not exactly pocket money and with the general crowd opposed to excess expense, a shift to these cities is still distant. Masdar City is like a star in the night sky; it is a bright glimmer in an ever-expanding sea of darkness.

This unmodified picture is from: "Abu Dhabi City vom Fort Qasr Al Hosn" by Bernardo Löwenstein - Bernardo Löwenstein. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - Author: Bernardo Löwenstein
This unmodified picture is from: Author: Bernardo Löwenstein

1st Yr Seminar – Engineering and Progress

This week in the Lehigh IDEAS First Year Seminar we discussed Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut.

If you want to join the discussion, comment below!
Question 1: What is the role of the arts in engineering?
Question 2: Is it better to be in the center, or out on the edge?
Question 3: What is progress? How does it relate to technology?