Digital Cathedrals: Why the Cloud Is the First Foundationally New Infrastructure in Nearly a Century

September 7, 2021 | 10:00 am PDT

C3 AI talks to Mark Mills, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a faculty fellow at Northwestern University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Mills writes frequently for Forbes.com and the Wall Street Journal about the future of digital technology, power generation, and oil & gas. He is the author of Digital Cathedrals and the forthcoming book The Cloud Big Bang.

In this podcast you will learn:

  • The energy requirements of tomorrow’s global digital infrastructure ​
  • Why the demand curve for digital products and services will never flatten
  • How data warehouses and fulfillment centers became the new skyscrapers
  • What most digital forecasters and pundits miss about the physical economy ​
  • Why digital technologies like AI are a bridge to the future for energy suppliers
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About the speaker

Mark Mills

Author, Co-founder of Montrose Lane

Mark writes frequently for numerous publications (Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, TechCrunch, etc.) and is author of the book, Digital Cathedrals: The Information Infrastructure Era, (January 2020) and, Work In The Age Of Robots (2018). With the book he co-authored in 2005, The Bottomless Well, Bill Gates said: “This is the only book I’ve ever seen that really explains energy.” He served as Chairman and CTO of ICx Technologies, helping take it public in a 2007 IPO. Earlier Mark served in the White House Science Office under President Reagan. Prior to that, Mark was an experimental physicist and development engineer in microprocessors and fiber optics, earning several patents, at Bell Northern Research (Canada’s Bell Labs) and at the RCA David Sarnoff Research Center. He holds a BSc Honors in physics from Queen’s University, Canada.

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