With broadband internet access now available across large parts of the computer-dependent world and with the arrival of remote-control software like VNC or Remote Access it is now extremely easy to work from home.
The next source of energy is not going to be some great new discovery but instead, we are going to make a paradigm shift from working at office to working from home thereby reducing the need for daily transport.
This is the most ecologically suitable, financially viable and immediately enforceable solution for the petroleum crisis and global warming that results from rampant overuse of petroleum.
This will also usher in an era of new broadband-based technologies – every computer will compulsorily have a camera (if your boss is bad) and a speaker(generally), with voice-recognition software at both ends, maybe a thumbprint reader.
All right, all right, we can start with passwords at the moment to ensure that you are at your home desk at 9:00 am when office starts. A short meeting with your team will give you (and everyone else) the agenda for the day’s work. Regular meetings will keep track of the updates of the work. Maybe you all meet after successfully completing a project, maybe not – just a virtual party. These methods are already daily stuff for the open source world.
There just need to be companies coming up with devices or software to ensure that the employee is really sitting at his home desk. Maybe you may want to remove that restriction as well and just work on deadlines. That is a very good model too.
The way things are going this seems more and more to be the way of work for the next half of this century – of course subject to conditions like we don’t erase ourselves from the planet by some nuclear war or some such thing.