The Photonic Age
Light is future
Light is the fundamental basis of all life. We derive energy from light. We process materials with light. We communicate with light. We do surgeries with light. We measure the world with light. We observe light that is 13.7 billion years old. We store data with light. We virtually live in worlds of light.
Our largest source of energy is the sun. Every year it sends us an amount of energy equal to a multiple of all the energy used by man. Everything living, everything surrounding us, is essentially a conversion of solar energy.
The recent acceleration in the accumulation of knowledge is astounding. Humanity is now at a historic point where it can use energy sensibly, as well as learn and apply what this use of light has to teach us. We are now facing the urgent challenge to put our theoretical know-
ledge into play – to put rhetoric into action.
Each and every atom that every human being and the world surrounding us is built up on, was once part of a star. The heavier elements of the universe could only arise from fusion processes that exist inside stars. We too,
comprise of those elements.
We are all children of stars.
Light informs our entire being. Light is life. Without light there is no future.