Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 15, 2019

The Abundance Frontier – 2019 – Post #9

The Abundance Frontier – 2019 – Post #9

How do we make energy 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

Going forward, two technologies will provide the virtually unlimited supply of energy we will need.

The first is, of course, solar energy. This technology has arrived and is being steadily improved for efficiency. Current estimates project solar energy may be capable of providing a third of the world’s energy by around 2060.

The second technology is nuclear fusion energy (small atomic nuclei jammed together to release energy), not to be confused with our current nuclear fission energy (heavier materials split apart). Nuclear fusion poses far less danger to humans, it’s required materials are abundant on our planet, and fusion energy can be used where solar energy is unavailable, like interstellar space. This technology has made quite a bit of progress in the last twenty years. The first commercial nuclear fusion energy reactors are projected to come online by approximately 2050.

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