Which is why it will never happen, of course. Even if it would save the planet, which is debatable.
The traditionally human way of doing this is by moving forward, into technologies that impact the world less while offering more.
Building a smart electric grid, for example, which will probably reduce the use of electricity by 10% while bringing vast benefits.
Once these issues are ironed out, though, the smart grid could provide the platform for a huge range of innovation and applications in energy, just as the internet did in computing. “I think that an open, standards-based network could give birth to a thousand new companies,” says Eric Dresselhuys of Silver Spring Networks, a firm based in California that works with utilities to implement smart-grid networks. A smarter grid will not only help people save energy or use it more efficiently, but will also promote the adoption of all kinds of green technologies, including wind, solar and plug-in vehicles. “It’s the platform that allows for the transformation of one of the largest and most important industries in the world to take place,” says Mr Dresselhuys.