When you listen to the presidential candidates make promises to the people, they only talk about the past and the present. No one is talking about the future. JFK was the last President that really talked about the future of humanity when he promised to put a man on the moon. At that time, we did not have the knowledge or the skill to do such a thing but mankind prevailed.
Millions of jobs and whole new industries were created in that endeavor. Thousands of new products were created from the research of this one futurist goal to put humans on the moon and bring them back. Most of these new products have taken on a life cycle of their own and mankind has benefitted greatly from that one goal. It takes leadership and vision to move a culture forward and I am not sure what leadership qualities our current batch of candidates have to really set the course for new progress. Most are stuck in the quagmire called the past. To solve the problems of the present, you have to let the past go and you have to set new goals for the future that will in essence solve the problems of the present.
To build a pipeline or not to build a pipeline is not a goal for the future. To rebuild the infrastructure of the United States is not a goal for the future. To build a wall on our southern border is not a goal for the future. We only need one goal and all those other promises we hear about can all be wrapped up in technology at the atomic level from energy to precise manufacturing. I am referring to nuclear energy and nanotechnology. The candidate that focuses on the next Apollo Project for the 21st Century will get my vote.
The UN’s World Leaders have recently committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fix climate change. These are lofty goals that will probably never happen primarily because the UN put a time limit on them without a defined destination or at what cost. There are 7.5 billion people in the world and I have no conceptual idea of how these UN goals could ever be possible without ‘new’ technology.
If our world leaders could set at least one ‘new’ goal, I would recommend that they embrace a robotic culture through nanotechnology in everyday life. So many of the ‘ills’ of the human culture could be lifted as a by-product of this technology.
Energy would still be at the center of any future technology but; not coal, not gas or oil, not biofuel, not wind, solar or wave, and not any other source dependent on large infrastructures on the earth’s surface. The energy I am referring to already exist today but have not been exploited to its fullest potential – small modular thorium molten salt reactors.
Once we have abundant clean and safe electricity everywhere, the extreme poverty concerns would be greatly reduced or eliminated, everyone would then have equal opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of others and of course the climate would not require all that questionable demand on our natural resources.
A balanced energy base load around the world would address most of the concerns outlined in the UN’s 17 Global Goals and allow most nations the potential applications and implications of nanotechnology. Today, Israel; is one of those nations that has a ‘HUGE’ lead in tomorrow’s nanotechnology.