Stephen Hawking warned that humankind better start looking for another earth or face extinction. What if we instead used our evolved brains to come up with innovative solutions that made our lifestyles here sustainable?
This has become a sort of rallying cry: If we can put a man on the moon, then we can come up with cleaner, more efficient ways to power our planet. As a growing population becomes increasingly connected and plugged in, we're going to need a revolutionary new system to meet our energy needs.
Jeremy Rifkin, the renowned economic and social theorist, is a champion of a system that he presents as inevitable and the next big shift to change our world. Rifkin sat down with Big Think to talk about his new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, and how the energy internet will transform the 21st century like steam power helped launch the industrial revolution. Today's big idea explores the new era of energy.