Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | March 19, 2018

The Abundance Frontier – 2018 – Post #5

The Abundance Frontier – 2018 – Post #5

How do we make shelter abundant?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Now that AI/robotics/automation and populism have arrived, what will be the next revolution? The next revolution may in fact be the Abundance Frontier, and it promises to be a near-future-technology Wild West, pioneer spirit included.

The challenge will be to make each of the economic necessities of life so abundant they become virtually free. Here’s a starter list for these necessities.

  • Air
  • Water
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Transportation
  • Self-protection
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Life experiences

Two near-future technologies that will help to make shelter abundant are bricklaying robots and 3-D house printers. Both exist today. Both are moving toward volume manufacturing.

Bricklaying robots can build walls more than twice as fast as humans, and these robots already handle different brick sizes. Humans are still required for quality-control supervision and custom/detail work.

3-D house printers can print small houses, layer by layer, in a couple of days, electrical wiring, plumbing, and Internet connections included. Curved walls appear to be easier for the 3-D printers to handle, but complex architectural design capability can’t be far off.

Both technologies will be needed as the global population may reach about 10 billion by mid-century.


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