With all of the economic turmoil of recent months, people have been drawing numerous comparisons to the novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. In the novel, there is a similar economic downturn that must be managed by the increasingly helpless people in the government and society. The story has many characters and subplots, but one of the most intriguing is the development of a motor that utilizes the Earth’s kinetic energy.
Humans are unimaginably innovative when it comes to technological advances in energy, from harnessing fire all the way to stainless steel motors. With the increasing research into green, renewable energy, it is hard to believe that they next major revolution in this industry is far off. For all of the economic examples that are drawn from Atlas Shrugged, the most important idea in the novel may be the future of how we create, store and utilize energy.