Energy is essential to life on earth. Plants process sunlight and store some of the captured energy in growing material. Animals extract and recycle energy from plants and other animals to maintain their activity. The sun provides most of the energy that sustains life through a complex interaction between all life forms.
Humans established much knowledge over the centuries of the role energy plays in life-processes. The development of agriculture, enhancing growth of human food sources, was a first groping step toward this wisdom.
Before the emergence of humans, life on earth created vast energy stores trapped beneath the surface of the planet. In the last two centuries, humans developed methods to recover this energy. This energy provided humans with the means to further enhance nature's ability to support prolific life. Humans, in particular, prospered from far - reaching developments based on the use of energy.
Humans now understand the basic processes that enable the sun to provide the energy needed for life. Technology to directly harness this basic energy from atomic matter for the benefit of nature and humans is in the early stages of development and application.
Scientists noted decades ago that human use of some energy sources might have a significant effect on earth's atmosphere. Over the past decade, this possibility developed into concern that an undesirable alteration in earth's climate could occur – even catastrophically – by the very use of stored fossil energy that led to human prosperity.
Computare is committed to the concept that energy technology developed by human knowledge is a great net benefit to past, present and future life on earth. Human ingenuity recognizes negative as well as positive effects of energy use. Human ingenuity can develop techniques and technology that will moderate and control harmful aspects of energy use. Computare focuses on understanding of energy use in the context of life on earth.
Anyone, then, who would compare the state of man in the
latter half of the twentieth century with that in 1750 and then compare his
state in 1750 with that in the Stone Age, might well come to the conclusion
that, despite all the changes that took place before 1750, those that took place
after 1750 were the more startling and radical.