Nice article here from CNet describing how Silicon Valley is going from silicon to solar. Now I've been saying this for months, this is the next evolution of the geek. And in this post, I'm going to explain why.
Here's why. All this green environmental technology stuff is going to require people to figure it out. All those solar cells, all those geothermal power plants, all those battery powered cars, these are all going to take people. But not just any people, we're going to need real dedicated visionary types, go getters who can really put some determination and effort into figuring this stuff out before the global meltdown. Self directed individuals, hard workers, innovators. A quick look at my Myers Briggs profiler shows me that we will need a lot of those INTP's and INTJ's. Why, those are the Nerds!
The problem is we are only talking about 5 to 9 percent of the population here, and a lot of these guys are busy doing other things like being a dentist or running a multinational corporation. However, with IT collapsing on itself more and more every day now, looks to me like there will be an abundance of Nerds lurking around for something to do pretty soon. Why don't you finish up that pointless software/hardware maintenance you're doing now and convince Bossman to get into this environmental racket? You will all be happier.