In the last 200 years, the technological breakthroughs of steam power (1780-1860), railroads (1839-1970), electricity (1899-1929) and IT (1991-2000), were all initially met with skepticism and even obstructionism from vested interests. But, as the technical analysis in Roadmap 2050 shows (see page 86-87), after coordination and planning, each new technology significantly increased GDP and ultimately succeeded in changing the way we live. AMO, the think tank at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, illustrates here the striking similarities between technological progress in the past and the potential of renewable energy today.

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