Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 14, 2018

The Abundance Frontier – 2018 – Post #7

The Abundance Frontier – 2018 – Post #7

How do we make transportation 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

Three technologies will help to make transportation abundant, and safer, and all exist today.

The first technology is vehicle sharing, and it will play the biggest role here. Already, more people are using Uber and its competitors, while fewer folks are buying their own cars. This trend will continue to grow.

The second is the self-driving car. This technology is going through its new-technology-glitch phase. But the bugs will be worked out. Slowly, these autonomous vehicles will replace manual cars and will come down in price. The result will ultimately be a safer experience, fewer reckless drivers, fewer folks manually driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or sleep deprivation. We will all be chauffeured!

Prototypes for the third technology exist but haven’t shown up on our streets, yet. These are large drones, spacious enough to hold one or more individuals–in other words, flying cars. Now, instead of being confined to two dimensions, we will travel at various designated levels (heights), hopefully easing congestion. Since these vehicles will also be self-driving, they will have sensors handling the 3-D blind spots instead of humans.

As more people shift into jobs that allow them to work from home, as more people do their shopping online and have their purchases 3-D printed on their desktops or drone-delivered to their homes, these folks will stay at home and need less transportation.

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