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"From the Ted Talk by Jordan Wirfs-Brock: The four things you need to know about the energy you use"

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I'm an energy juinsoralt and a self-proclaimed energy nerd, but today, if you're cool with it, I'd like to try out a new career, and you guys are going to be my guinea pigs. I'll be taking on the role of relationship cusnloeor. Okay, okay. I'm talking about our relationship with energy, with electricity, gasoline, wind turbines, all of it. Or rather, for most of us, it's a lack of a relationship. See, us and energy, we don't talk. We're disconnected, estranged. Here's an example: When I first started covering energy, I aeskd a bunch of friends what questions they had. And one of my best fniedrs, a physics professor, super smart, asked: "Are we still burning coal?" And I was like, huh. Are we still burning coal? Here we were, a physics PhD and an energy journalist with an engineering degree, spuemtd. Because here's the thing, "Are we still burning coal?" is a totally reasonable question. It's so easy to go through life using energy every day, every moment, while knowing next to nothing about it. Energy makes everything we do possible, and yet we treat it as an insignificant other. And because us and energy, we don't really talk, we're embarrassed to even ask qnetiusos like, "Are we still burning coal?" And in case you're curious, yes, we are; a lot of it. As a journalist, though, I get this azaming license to ask questions, however basic. And I've spent nearly three years asking questions to everyone from power grid eergnneis to energy economists. What have I learned? It's a problem that most of us are on the outs with energy. I don't have to remind you that we're faincg some major energy challenges, and we can't solve them if we treat energy as an insignificant other. But there's good news. The tolos we need to rilknede the ralnoehtiisp are already here. So, to kick off our csnnleoiug session, let's take a step back and figure out how we ended up with this egrney estrangement, this communication breakdown. What is energy, anyway? That's a good place to start. The phcsiys definition in five words: energy is the capacity to do work. All that means is anything that has to move or change, energy is the stuff that makes it possible. It comes in many forms. Chilling a beer in your fridge, that taeks energy. The beer itself: energy too, ceorilas. While drinking said beer, brainstorming what you're going to be for Halloween, neurons are moving around in your brain using energy. And mkinag that sweet Oompa Loompa costume - (Laughter) more energy. Yeah, that's me. (luhtegar) No, this is important: We can move energy around, change it from one form to another, like when we burn coal to make electricity, but we can never create or destroy it. Pending advancements in space travel, what's here on earth and what's coming from the sun, that's all we got. Okay, on to our relationship history, the movie montage version. jniupmg to pre-agricultural humans, 50,000 years ago or so, we took in energy as food, plants and animals, and we used it by doing stuff: chopping wood, going for a walk. We straight-up humans were our own industrial complex. A power panlt, focraty, supercomputer all rolled into one kick-ass body. And our energy use was limited by how much we could eat and how much we could move: a few thousand calories a day. Then, big breakthrough: we domesticated animals, using them as batteries, essentially storing energy for us. Now, we're commanding energy outside our bodies. Then comes the wtaer wheel, the windmill, we invent the setam engine, we're brinnug coal, and by 1900, not that long ago, we're here, using about 12,000 calories a day per psreon. Then we built the modern electric grid, the world's largest machine, we figure out nuclear power, we've got the ability to send humnas to the freaking moon, finally the digital revolution, those giant data srvrees off in the desert, and boom: here we are in 2016, where each American uses the equivalent of 208,000 calories a day. Seriously. It's like we've each got a 100-person battalion at our disposal. It's on the oredr of the energy in a lightning bolt. We're all Zeuses! And most of this change happened in barely more than a century. So, as we turned into Zeuses, how did our relationship change? Well, I can tell you exactly what it felt like in the pre-Zeus era. No, I'm not a time traveler, but I do run ultramarathons. Last month, I- woo, yeah! I ran a hundred mile race in the mountains of Idaho, up and down mountains, over scree, through mud. (Applause) Thank you! (Applause) (Cheers) For almost 29 huors, burning 15,000 calories, give or take. And during that ordeal, energy and me, we were seupr tihgt. I had my caloric intake planned out to the minute, and I was constantly checking in. Eat this gel now, back off the pace, drink more water, go hard down that hill, no, not that hard, now you're getting bloated, and oh! There comes the vomit! (Laughter) You can only ramp up a human power plant so much before it breaks down. And to avoid that, I had to be intimately connected with my energy. I iaignme maybe that's what it was like to be a human, hendruds of years ago. But now, as our energy use skyrocketed, we grew less aware of it. We stopped constantly checking in, and we bgean to blindly tsrut our energy. We went from using things we could see and touch, to using machines operating hundreds of miles away. Say you want to make a peanut bettur bannaa smoothie and you turn on a blender. That blender is connected to the outlet, the ssiotubtan down the street, the transmission lines; it's an uninterrupted chain all the way back to a power plant. And when you hit bneld, a generator in that power plant spins slightly faster or slower to accommodate you. For real! But you don't see that, right? You just see the stiohome. That invisible ssytem, it's like migac. You trust that it'll work. Over the past century, we left that close, instinctual energy aeenswras behind, and we began to blindly trust our energy. And as we did, we took that relationship for granted. And that's how energy became our insignificant other. So, implications... Well, as we grew to think about our energy smtsyes less, we also grew to depend on them more. And that dependency only shows itself when energy's gone, when the power goes out and you find yourself eating a cold can of beans for dinner. Now here's what's dangerous: not just that our energy appetites have grown, but that most of us don't realize how much they've grown, or what our energy appetites even are, so that when we need to tackle chngelales invlvniog our energy, we're so disengaged, we've got no idea where to start. When I was running that hundred mile race, I hit some energy complications. Remember the vomit? But, I was able to handle them because I was dialed in to my energy. In any relationship, problems will pop up. With energy, these involve climate chgane, the economy, geopolitics, energy poverty. The crux of a good relationship is being able to face problems, together. But when it comes to our energy, how can we face peblrmos if we're not even on speaking terms? There are all kinds of toolanghcceil fixes out there, but they'll be reedrned useless if we can't change the relationship. Relax, take a btearh. I'm not going to lveae you with bleakness. As your energy relationship counselor, I've got some patricacl advice, but as I said, this is a new role for me, so I cneosutld the WikiHow illustrated guide on how to fix a relationship in four easy steps. Because of course that exists, right? Okay. Step one: understand the problem. Well, just by being here, you've got a gerat start. With energy, a key problem is that we've grown habituated to having such a fabulous, reliable partner, a partner we took for granted, so we stopped checking in. Which brings us to step two: learn to dicsuss better. (Laughter) There's no need to bottle up those energy questions. It's okay to ask, "Are we still burning coal?" or "Can I put a wind tbinrue on my house?" And you can prctacie some lnneiistg siklls too. Maybe next month actually read your utility bill, the one you've got setup on auto-pay. (Laughter) It's okay, I do too. So, communication, it takes two sides, and that poor communication we're accustomed to, it's not actually your fualt. Until recently, it was nearly impossible to have a real discussion with your energy even in your own home. ueltitiis track every bit of electricity from a power plant to your house, but your house itself is a black box. There's no itemized list on that bill you get, so how much goes to your computer, your lhtgis, or poof! just dissipated as lost heat, who knows? That's changing. Advancements like smart meters and smart appliances, these let us peek inside the black box. But, information alone will not repair our broken relationship, so step three: you've got to reconnect. Things like holding hands and gazing into each others' eyes, these can go a long way toward rlnenkidig the flame. Let's be real, energy is not the only relationship in our lievs so those ways to reconnect need to be simple, and they can't add to our information overload. Here's a fun one I've been trying: going back to those 208,000 calories a day we each consume, pick an activity, say, binge-watching the lesatt season of Orange is the New Black. And now think, if I had to eat the amount of calories that matched the energy my TV uses, it would be a nice big slice of chocolate cake, and that's not even counting those data servers off in the desert. So, you don't need cutting edge technology to rencecnot, you just need a ceartvie, open mind. Slipping on your energy goggles and starting to see those connections out in the world, it will change your relationship. So, we've understood the perolbm, we're discussing better, we're practicing that connection. Now we're rdaey for step four: figuring out how to move forward. I'm really eecxitd for the future. Our relationship with energy is changing on a personal level and a societal one too. The 20th curntey grid was designed to be magic and invisible, to keep energy at a distance. But innovations happening now can bring you back into the relationship. Things like electricity prices that change dynamically, the ability to generate and store pewor in your own home, detailed data on our energy behvoiar, these things can dirasactlly rudcee our energy use and costs, but getting them right reuireqs us all taking a more active role in our relationship. You don't have to be like me rnninug a hundred mile race and cnasoltnty obsessing over your energy. But you can check in every once and a while. Because when we treat energy as a significant other, a true partner, instead of just seeing energy problems, we're able to see energy solutions. Thank you! (Applause) (Cheers)

Open Cloze

I'm an energy __________ and a self-proclaimed energy nerd, but today, if you're cool with it, I'd like to try out a new career, and you guys are going to be my guinea pigs. I'll be taking on the role of relationship _________. Okay, okay. I'm talking about our relationship with energy, with electricity, gasoline, wind turbines, all of it. Or rather, for most of us, it's a lack of a relationship. See, us and energy, we don't talk. We're disconnected, estranged. Here's an example: When I first started covering energy, I _____ a bunch of friends what questions they had. And one of my best _______, a physics professor, super smart, asked: "Are we still burning coal?" And I was like, huh. Are we still burning coal? Here we were, a physics PhD and an energy journalist with an engineering degree, _______. Because here's the thing, "Are we still burning coal?" is a totally reasonable question. It's so easy to go through life using energy every day, every moment, while knowing next to nothing about it. Energy makes everything we do possible, and yet we treat it as an insignificant other. And because us and energy, we don't really talk, we're embarrassed to even ask _________ like, "Are we still burning coal?" And in case you're curious, yes, we are; a lot of it. As a journalist, though, I get this _______ license to ask questions, however basic. And I've spent nearly three years asking questions to everyone from power grid _________ to energy economists. What have I learned? It's a problem that most of us are on the outs with energy. I don't have to remind you that we're ______ some major energy challenges, and we can't solve them if we treat energy as an insignificant other. But there's good news. The _____ we need to ________ the ____________ are already here. So, to kick off our __________ session, let's take a step back and figure out how we ended up with this ______ estrangement, this communication breakdown. What is energy, anyway? That's a good place to start. The _______ definition in five words: energy is the capacity to do work. All that means is anything that has to move or change, energy is the stuff that makes it possible. It comes in many forms. Chilling a beer in your fridge, that _____ energy. The beer itself: energy too, ________. While drinking said beer, brainstorming what you're going to be for Halloween, neurons are moving around in your brain using energy. And ______ that sweet Oompa Loompa costume - (Laughter) more energy. Yeah, that's me. (________) No, this is important: We can move energy around, change it from one form to another, like when we burn coal to make electricity, but we can never create or destroy it. Pending advancements in space travel, what's here on earth and what's coming from the sun, that's all we got. Okay, on to our relationship history, the movie montage version. _______ to pre-agricultural humans, 50,000 years ago or so, we took in energy as food, plants and animals, and we used it by doing stuff: chopping wood, going for a walk. We straight-up humans were our own industrial complex. A power _____, _______, supercomputer all rolled into one kick-ass body. And our energy use was limited by how much we could eat and how much we could move: a few thousand calories a day. Then, big breakthrough: we domesticated animals, using them as batteries, essentially storing energy for us. Now, we're commanding energy outside our bodies. Then comes the _____ wheel, the windmill, we invent the _____ engine, we're _______ coal, and by 1900, not that long ago, we're here, using about 12,000 calories a day per ______. Then we built the modern electric grid, the world's largest machine, we figure out nuclear power, we've got the ability to send ______ to the freaking moon, finally the digital revolution, those giant data _______ off in the desert, and boom: here we are in 2016, where each American uses the equivalent of 208,000 calories a day. Seriously. It's like we've each got a 100-person battalion at our disposal. It's on the _____ of the energy in a lightning bolt. We're all Zeuses! And most of this change happened in barely more than a century. So, as we turned into Zeuses, how did our relationship change? Well, I can tell you exactly what it felt like in the pre-Zeus era. No, I'm not a time traveler, but I do run ultramarathons. Last month, I- woo, yeah! I ran a hundred mile race in the mountains of Idaho, up and down mountains, over scree, through mud. (Applause) Thank you! (Applause) (Cheers) For almost 29 _____, burning 15,000 calories, give or take. And during that ordeal, energy and me, we were _____ _____. I had my caloric intake planned out to the minute, and I was constantly checking in. Eat this gel now, back off the pace, drink more water, go hard down that hill, no, not that hard, now you're getting bloated, and oh! There comes the vomit! (Laughter) You can only ramp up a human power plant so much before it breaks down. And to avoid that, I had to be intimately connected with my energy. I _______ maybe that's what it was like to be a human, ________ of years ago. But now, as our energy use skyrocketed, we grew less aware of it. We stopped constantly checking in, and we _____ to blindly _____ our energy. We went from using things we could see and touch, to using machines operating hundreds of miles away. Say you want to make a peanut ______ ______ smoothie and you turn on a blender. That blender is connected to the outlet, the __________ down the street, the transmission lines; it's an uninterrupted chain all the way back to a power plant. And when you hit _____, a generator in that power plant spins slightly faster or slower to accommodate you. For real! But you don't see that, right? You just see the ________. That invisible ______, it's like _____. You trust that it'll work. Over the past century, we left that close, instinctual energy _________ behind, and we began to blindly trust our energy. And as we did, we took that relationship for granted. And that's how energy became our insignificant other. So, implications... Well, as we grew to think about our energy _______ less, we also grew to depend on them more. And that dependency only shows itself when energy's gone, when the power goes out and you find yourself eating a cold can of beans for dinner. Now here's what's dangerous: not just that our energy appetites have grown, but that most of us don't realize how much they've grown, or what our energy appetites even are, so that when we need to tackle __________ _________ our energy, we're so disengaged, we've got no idea where to start. When I was running that hundred mile race, I hit some energy complications. Remember the vomit? But, I was able to handle them because I was dialed in to my energy. In any relationship, problems will pop up. With energy, these involve climate ______, the economy, geopolitics, energy poverty. The crux of a good relationship is being able to face problems, together. But when it comes to our energy, how can we face ________ if we're not even on speaking terms? There are all kinds of _____________ fixes out there, but they'll be ________ useless if we can't change the relationship. Relax, take a ______. I'm not going to _____ you with bleakness. As your energy relationship counselor, I've got some _________ advice, but as I said, this is a new role for me, so I _________ the WikiHow illustrated guide on how to fix a relationship in four easy steps. Because of course that exists, right? Okay. Step one: understand the problem. Well, just by being here, you've got a _____ start. With energy, a key problem is that we've grown habituated to having such a fabulous, reliable partner, a partner we took for granted, so we stopped checking in. Which brings us to step two: learn to _______ better. (Laughter) There's no need to bottle up those energy questions. It's okay to ask, "Are we still burning coal?" or "Can I put a wind _______ on my house?" And you can ________ some _________ ______ too. Maybe next month actually read your utility bill, the one you've got setup on auto-pay. (Laughter) It's okay, I do too. So, communication, it takes two sides, and that poor communication we're accustomed to, it's not actually your _____. Until recently, it was nearly impossible to have a real discussion with your energy even in your own home. _________ track every bit of electricity from a power plant to your house, but your house itself is a black box. There's no itemized list on that bill you get, so how much goes to your computer, your ______, or poof! just dissipated as lost heat, who knows? That's changing. Advancements like smart meters and smart appliances, these let us peek inside the black box. But, information alone will not repair our broken relationship, so step three: you've got to reconnect. Things like holding hands and gazing into each others' eyes, these can go a long way toward __________ the flame. Let's be real, energy is not the only relationship in our _____ so those ways to reconnect need to be simple, and they can't add to our information overload. Here's a fun one I've been trying: going back to those 208,000 calories a day we each consume, pick an activity, say, binge-watching the ______ season of Orange is the New Black. And now think, if I had to eat the amount of calories that matched the energy my TV uses, it would be a nice big slice of chocolate cake, and that's not even counting those data servers off in the desert. So, you don't need cutting edge technology to _________, you just need a ________, open mind. Slipping on your energy goggles and starting to see those connections out in the world, it will change your relationship. So, we've understood the _______, we're discussing better, we're practicing that connection. Now we're _____ for step four: figuring out how to move forward. I'm really _______ for the future. Our relationship with energy is changing on a personal level and a societal one too. The 20th _______ grid was designed to be magic and invisible, to keep energy at a distance. But innovations happening now can bring you back into the relationship. Things like electricity prices that change dynamically, the ability to generate and store _____ in your own home, detailed data on our energy ________, these things can ___________ ______ our energy use and costs, but getting them right ________ us all taking a more active role in our relationship. You don't have to be like me _______ a hundred mile race and __________ obsessing over your energy. But you can check in every once and a while. Because when we treat energy as a significant other, a true partner, instead of just seeing energy problems, we're able to see energy solutions. Thank you! (Applause) (Cheers)

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Original Text

I'm an energy journalist and a self-proclaimed energy nerd, but today, if you're cool with it, I'd like to try out a new career, and you guys are going to be my guinea pigs. I'll be taking on the role of relationship counselor. Okay, okay. I'm talking about our relationship with energy, with electricity, gasoline, wind turbines, all of it. Or rather, for most of us, it's a lack of a relationship. See, us and energy, we don't talk. We're disconnected, estranged. Here's an example: When I first started covering energy, I asked a bunch of friends what questions they had. And one of my best friends, a physics professor, super smart, asked: "Are we still burning coal?" And I was like, huh. Are we still burning coal? Here we were, a physics PhD and an energy journalist with an engineering degree, stumped. Because here's the thing, "Are we still burning coal?" is a totally reasonable question. It's so easy to go through life using energy every day, every moment, while knowing next to nothing about it. Energy makes everything we do possible, and yet we treat it as an insignificant other. And because us and energy, we don't really talk, we're embarrassed to even ask questions like, "Are we still burning coal?" And in case you're curious, yes, we are; a lot of it. As a journalist, though, I get this amazing license to ask questions, however basic. And I've spent nearly three years asking questions to everyone from power grid engineers to energy economists. What have I learned? It's a problem that most of us are on the outs with energy. I don't have to remind you that we're facing some major energy challenges, and we can't solve them if we treat energy as an insignificant other. But there's good news. The tools we need to rekindle the relationship are already here. So, to kick off our counseling session, let's take a step back and figure out how we ended up with this energy estrangement, this communication breakdown. What is energy, anyway? That's a good place to start. The physics definition in five words: energy is the capacity to do work. All that means is anything that has to move or change, energy is the stuff that makes it possible. It comes in many forms. Chilling a beer in your fridge, that takes energy. The beer itself: energy too, calories. While drinking said beer, brainstorming what you're going to be for Halloween, neurons are moving around in your brain using energy. And making that sweet Oompa Loompa costume - (Laughter) more energy. Yeah, that's me. (Laughter) No, this is important: We can move energy around, change it from one form to another, like when we burn coal to make electricity, but we can never create or destroy it. Pending advancements in space travel, what's here on earth and what's coming from the sun, that's all we got. Okay, on to our relationship history, the movie montage version. Jumping to pre-agricultural humans, 50,000 years ago or so, we took in energy as food, plants and animals, and we used it by doing stuff: chopping wood, going for a walk. We straight-up humans were our own industrial complex. A power plant, factory, supercomputer all rolled into one kick-ass body. And our energy use was limited by how much we could eat and how much we could move: a few thousand calories a day. Then, big breakthrough: we domesticated animals, using them as batteries, essentially storing energy for us. Now, we're commanding energy outside our bodies. Then comes the water wheel, the windmill, we invent the steam engine, we're burning coal, and by 1900, not that long ago, we're here, using about 12,000 calories a day per person. Then we built the modern electric grid, the world's largest machine, we figure out nuclear power, we've got the ability to send humans to the freaking moon, finally the digital revolution, those giant data servers off in the desert, and boom: here we are in 2016, where each American uses the equivalent of 208,000 calories a day. Seriously. It's like we've each got a 100-person battalion at our disposal. It's on the order of the energy in a lightning bolt. We're all Zeuses! And most of this change happened in barely more than a century. So, as we turned into Zeuses, how did our relationship change? Well, I can tell you exactly what it felt like in the pre-Zeus era. No, I'm not a time traveler, but I do run ultramarathons. Last month, I- woo, yeah! I ran a hundred mile race in the mountains of Idaho, up and down mountains, over scree, through mud. (Applause) Thank you! (Applause) (Cheers) For almost 29 hours, burning 15,000 calories, give or take. And during that ordeal, energy and me, we were super tight. I had my caloric intake planned out to the minute, and I was constantly checking in. Eat this gel now, back off the pace, drink more water, go hard down that hill, no, not that hard, now you're getting bloated, and oh! There comes the vomit! (Laughter) You can only ramp up a human power plant so much before it breaks down. And to avoid that, I had to be intimately connected with my energy. I imagine maybe that's what it was like to be a human, hundreds of years ago. But now, as our energy use skyrocketed, we grew less aware of it. We stopped constantly checking in, and we began to blindly trust our energy. We went from using things we could see and touch, to using machines operating hundreds of miles away. Say you want to make a peanut butter banana smoothie and you turn on a blender. That blender is connected to the outlet, the substation down the street, the transmission lines; it's an uninterrupted chain all the way back to a power plant. And when you hit blend, a generator in that power plant spins slightly faster or slower to accommodate you. For real! But you don't see that, right? You just see the smoothie. That invisible system, it's like magic. You trust that it'll work. Over the past century, we left that close, instinctual energy awareness behind, and we began to blindly trust our energy. And as we did, we took that relationship for granted. And that's how energy became our insignificant other. So, implications... Well, as we grew to think about our energy systems less, we also grew to depend on them more. And that dependency only shows itself when energy's gone, when the power goes out and you find yourself eating a cold can of beans for dinner. Now here's what's dangerous: not just that our energy appetites have grown, but that most of us don't realize how much they've grown, or what our energy appetites even are, so that when we need to tackle challenges involving our energy, we're so disengaged, we've got no idea where to start. When I was running that hundred mile race, I hit some energy complications. Remember the vomit? But, I was able to handle them because I was dialed in to my energy. In any relationship, problems will pop up. With energy, these involve climate change, the economy, geopolitics, energy poverty. The crux of a good relationship is being able to face problems, together. But when it comes to our energy, how can we face problems if we're not even on speaking terms? There are all kinds of technological fixes out there, but they'll be rendered useless if we can't change the relationship. Relax, take a breath. I'm not going to leave you with bleakness. As your energy relationship counselor, I've got some practical advice, but as I said, this is a new role for me, so I consulted the WikiHow illustrated guide on how to fix a relationship in four easy steps. Because of course that exists, right? Okay. Step one: understand the problem. Well, just by being here, you've got a great start. With energy, a key problem is that we've grown habituated to having such a fabulous, reliable partner, a partner we took for granted, so we stopped checking in. Which brings us to step two: learn to discuss better. (Laughter) There's no need to bottle up those energy questions. It's okay to ask, "Are we still burning coal?" or "Can I put a wind turbine on my house?" And you can practice some listening skills too. Maybe next month actually read your utility bill, the one you've got setup on auto-pay. (Laughter) It's okay, I do too. So, communication, it takes two sides, and that poor communication we're accustomed to, it's not actually your fault. Until recently, it was nearly impossible to have a real discussion with your energy even in your own home. Utilities track every bit of electricity from a power plant to your house, but your house itself is a black box. There's no itemized list on that bill you get, so how much goes to your computer, your lights, or poof! just dissipated as lost heat, who knows? That's changing. Advancements like smart meters and smart appliances, these let us peek inside the black box. But, information alone will not repair our broken relationship, so step three: you've got to reconnect. Things like holding hands and gazing into each others' eyes, these can go a long way toward rekindling the flame. Let's be real, energy is not the only relationship in our lives so those ways to reconnect need to be simple, and they can't add to our information overload. Here's a fun one I've been trying: going back to those 208,000 calories a day we each consume, pick an activity, say, binge-watching the latest season of Orange is the New Black. And now think, if I had to eat the amount of calories that matched the energy my TV uses, it would be a nice big slice of chocolate cake, and that's not even counting those data servers off in the desert. So, you don't need cutting edge technology to reconnect, you just need a creative, open mind. Slipping on your energy goggles and starting to see those connections out in the world, it will change your relationship. So, we've understood the problem, we're discussing better, we're practicing that connection. Now we're ready for step four: figuring out how to move forward. I'm really excited for the future. Our relationship with energy is changing on a personal level and a societal one too. The 20th century grid was designed to be magic and invisible, to keep energy at a distance. But innovations happening now can bring you back into the relationship. Things like electricity prices that change dynamically, the ability to generate and store power in your own home, detailed data on our energy behavior, these things can drastically reduce our energy use and costs, but getting them right requires us all taking a more active role in our relationship. You don't have to be like me running a hundred mile race and constantly obsessing over your energy. But you can check in every once and a while. Because when we treat energy as a significant other, a true partner, instead of just seeing energy problems, we're able to see energy solutions. Thank you! (Applause) (Cheers)

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Important Words

  1. ability
  2. accommodate
  3. accustomed
  4. active
  5. activity
  6. add
  7. advancements
  8. advice
  9. amazing
  10. american
  11. amount
  12. animals
  13. appetites
  14. applause
  15. appliances
  16. asked
  17. avoid
  18. aware
  19. awareness
  20. banana
  21. barely
  22. basic
  23. battalion
  24. batteries
  25. beans
  26. beer
  27. began
  28. behavior
  29. big
  30. bill
  31. bit
  32. black
  33. bleakness
  34. blend
  35. blender
  36. blindly
  37. bloated
  38. bodies
  39. body
  40. bolt
  41. bottle
  42. box
  43. brain
  44. brainstorming
  45. breakdown
  46. breaks
  47. breath
  48. bring
  49. brings
  50. broken
  51. built
  52. bunch
  53. burn
  54. burning
  55. butter
  56. cake
  57. caloric
  58. calories
  59. capacity
  60. career
  61. case
  62. century
  63. chain
  64. challenges
  65. change
  66. changing
  67. check
  68. checking
  69. cheers
  70. chilling
  71. chocolate
  72. chopping
  73. climate
  74. close
  75. coal
  76. cold
  77. coming
  78. commanding
  79. communication
  80. complex
  81. complications
  82. computer
  83. connected
  84. connection
  85. connections
  86. constantly
  87. consulted
  88. consume
  89. cool
  90. costs
  91. costume
  92. counseling
  93. counselor
  94. counting
  95. covering
  96. create
  97. creative
  98. crux
  99. curious
  100. cutting
  101. data
  102. day
  103. definition
  104. degree
  105. depend
  106. dependency
  107. desert
  108. designed
  109. destroy
  110. detailed
  111. dialed
  112. digital
  113. dinner
  114. disconnected
  115. discuss
  116. discussing
  117. discussion
  118. disengaged
  119. disposal
  120. dissipated
  121. distance
  122. domesticated
  123. drastically
  124. drink
  125. drinking
  126. dynamically
  127. earth
  128. easy
  129. eat
  130. eating
  131. economists
  132. economy
  133. edge
  134. electric
  135. electricity
  136. embarrassed
  137. ended
  138. energy
  139. engine
  140. engineering
  141. engineers
  142. equivalent
  143. era
  144. essentially
  145. estranged
  146. estrangement
  147. excited
  148. exists
  149. eyes
  150. fabulous
  151. face
  152. facing
  153. factory
  154. faster
  155. fault
  156. felt
  157. figure
  158. figuring
  159. finally
  160. find
  161. fix
  162. fixes
  163. flame
  164. food
  165. form
  166. forms
  167. freaking
  168. fridge
  169. friends
  170. fun
  171. future
  172. gasoline
  173. gazing
  174. gel
  175. generate
  176. generator
  177. geopolitics
  178. giant
  179. give
  180. goggles
  181. good
  182. granted
  183. great
  184. grew
  185. grid
  186. grown
  187. guide
  188. guinea
  189. guys
  190. habituated
  191. halloween
  192. handle
  193. hands
  194. happened
  195. happening
  196. hard
  197. heat
  198. hill
  199. history
  200. hit
  201. holding
  202. home
  203. hours
  204. house
  205. huh
  206. human
  207. humans
  208. hundreds
  209. idaho
  210. idea
  211. illustrated
  212. imagine
  213. implications
  214. impossible
  215. industrial
  216. information
  217. innovations
  218. insignificant
  219. instinctual
  220. intake
  221. intimately
  222. invent
  223. invisible
  224. involve
  225. involving
  226. itemized
  227. journalist
  228. jumping
  229. key
  230. kick
  231. kinds
  232. knowing
  233. lack
  234. largest
  235. latest
  236. laughter
  237. learn
  238. learned
  239. leave
  240. left
  241. level
  242. license
  243. life
  244. lightning
  245. lights
  246. limited
  247. list
  248. listening
  249. lives
  250. long
  251. loompa
  252. lost
  253. lot
  254. machine
  255. machines
  256. magic
  257. major
  258. making
  259. matched
  260. means
  261. meters
  262. mile
  263. miles
  264. mind
  265. minute
  266. modern
  267. moment
  268. montage
  269. month
  270. moon
  271. mountains
  272. move
  273. movie
  274. moving
  275. mud
  276. nerd
  277. neurons
  278. news
  279. nice
  280. nuclear
  281. obsessing
  282. oompa
  283. open
  284. operating
  285. orange
  286. ordeal
  287. order
  288. outlet
  289. outs
  290. overload
  291. pace
  292. partner
  293. peanut
  294. peek
  295. pending
  296. person
  297. personal
  298. phd
  299. physics
  300. pick
  301. pigs
  302. place
  303. planned
  304. plant
  305. plants
  306. poor
  307. pop
  308. poverty
  309. power
  310. practical
  311. practice
  312. practicing
  313. prices
  314. problem
  315. problems
  316. professor
  317. put
  318. question
  319. questions
  320. race
  321. ramp
  322. ran
  323. read
  324. ready
  325. real
  326. realize
  327. reasonable
  328. reconnect
  329. reduce
  330. rekindle
  331. rekindling
  332. relationship
  333. relax
  334. reliable
  335. remember
  336. remind
  337. rendered
  338. repair
  339. requires
  340. revolution
  341. role
  342. rolled
  343. run
  344. running
  345. scree
  346. season
  347. send
  348. servers
  349. session
  350. setup
  351. shows
  352. sides
  353. significant
  354. simple
  355. skills
  356. skyrocketed
  357. slice
  358. slightly
  359. slipping
  360. slower
  361. smart
  362. smoothie
  363. societal
  364. solutions
  365. solve
  366. space
  367. speaking
  368. spent
  369. spins
  370. start
  371. started
  372. starting
  373. steam
  374. step
  375. steps
  376. stopped
  377. store
  378. storing
  379. street
  380. stuff
  381. stumped
  382. substation
  383. sun
  384. super
  385. supercomputer
  386. sweet
  387. system
  388. systems
  389. tackle
  390. takes
  391. talk
  392. talking
  393. technological
  394. technology
  395. terms
  396. thousand
  397. tight
  398. time
  399. today
  400. tools
  401. totally
  402. touch
  403. track
  404. transmission
  405. travel
  406. traveler
  407. treat
  408. true
  409. trust
  410. turbine
  411. turbines
  412. turn
  413. turned
  414. tv
  415. ultramarathons
  416. understand
  417. understood
  418. uninterrupted
  419. useless
  420. utilities
  421. utility
  422. version
  423. vomit
  424. walk
  425. water
  426. ways
  427. wheel
  428. wikihow
  429. wind
  430. windmill
  431. woo
  432. wood
  433. work
  434. world
  435. yeah
  436. years
  437. zeuses