Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 28, 2018

The Abundance Frontier – 2018 – Post #6

The Abundance Frontier – 2018 – Post #6

How do we make clothing 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 technologies that will help to make clothing abundant are photochromic dyes and clothing rentals. And, yes, both exist today.

Photochromic dyes can change color simply by being exposed to light. When this light is removed, the color changes back to its original state. Soon, it will be possible to put on a shirt that will be one color under workplace lighting and a different color at a restaurant or nightclub–two shirts for the price of one.

Clothing rentals are part of the new “sharing” economy. Fresh, complete outfits are delivered every few days, in your size and with all the appropriate accessories. Outfits that you’ve worn are collected and returned to the company for washing, ironing, and distribution to other folks. This technology frees up a lot of closet space as there’s no need for separate summer and winter wardrobes. If you gain or lose weight, just go online to your account and change the sizes as needed.

These technologies will also be needed as the global population rises to about 10 billion by mid-century.

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