Imagine that the world as we know it ends tomorrow. There’s a global catastrophe: a pandemic virus, an asteroid strike, or perhaps a nuclear holocaust. The vast majority of the human race perishes. Our civilization collapses. The post-apocalyptic survivors find themselves in a devastated world of decaying, deserted cities and roving gangs of bandits looting and taking by force. Did I say imagine?
Bad as things are, it’s not the end for humanity. We bounce back. Sooner or later, peace and order emerge again, just as they have time and again through history. Stable communities take shape. They begin the agonizing process of rebuilding their technological base from scratch. But here’s the question: how far could such a society rebuild? Is there any chance, for instance, that a post-apocalyptic society could reboot a technological civilization that excluded us?
The first version of civilization came about during the Stone Age, followed by a more advanced era of civilization – the Bronze Age. With the discovery of bronze, which is an alloy of 90% copper and 10% tin, the scattered small communes grew into communities that traded with one another with permanent coin currency instead of perishable crop and animal stock. Bronze products, including weapons, flourished and opened markets to other communities. After periods of complete chaos came the third evolution of society – the Iron Age.
The last 200 years we have evolved once again by the industrial revolution. Today we are at the beginning of the technology age. With all the chaotic distractions and violence around the world the technology evolution is progressing rapidly behind those scenes. Many innovations actually come about because of all the chaos. For example, a new Israeli-developed gel bandage aims to save lives in cases of severe bleedings where conventional treatment procedures could fail to stop a deadly hemorrhage. If you have been following the news, you will understand how valuable this is to Israel and the rest of the Middle East.
As we enter into this 2016 presidential election cycle you have to ask yourself which candidates supports the policies that are important to you. We are all different and have different priorities. With the BS being spewed by the candidates of all the parties there is one policy that is completely overlooked by them all – the technology policy. When I hear a candidate talk about bringing manufacturing jobs back to American I have to wonder what they are talking about. Forty years ago, industries started going overseas for cheaper labor. While that is still the case, along with high taxes, it won’t be much longer.
Recently, Ford Motor and Currier HVAC have terminated thousands of jobs in the US to move operations to Mexico, where new completely automated AI robotic control assembly plants will assemble the final products. Even if the candidates could bring those or other companies back to the US, there would not be near the jobs available there once was. New plants will be built and robotics will operate 90%+ of the operation. A complete new more technically savvy work force will be needed and the people who lost their manual jobs will need to be re-purposed.
This disruption in the manufacturing process will need a new educational focus on our primary and secondary schooling system. Israel has already introduced STEM in their pre-school programs. This new focus on education has provided Israel with some of the best universities in the world and also helped the nation with leading edge technology in many different industries; even those not locate in Israel.
The candidate that ‘really gets this’ will realize that we live in a golden age of technological, medical, scientific and social progress, which is basically a new economy. Look at our computers! Look at our phones! Twenty years ago, the internet was a series of creaky machines for geeks. Now we can’t imagine life without it. Next, will be societies of robots.