Friday, August 10, 2007

What about the Future?

This article by Michael Chabon made me think.  He's talking about the 10,000 Year Clock project at the X Long Now Foundation.  And Bill Bryson's memoir, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, also made me think.  (Now I'm taking a rest with a Janet Evanovich novel, whew.)

Anyway, what they both said to me was that we used to look forward to The Future, that anything was possible.  Now, we don't believe so much is possible, and maybe the future isn't so rosy.  Why don't we look forward to what comes next?  Here's what I would like to see, and what I believe is possible...

Alternative energy usage - solar energy, thermal energy.  We won't be raiding other countries' deserts for their oil.  We won't be digging up Alaska or sailing leaky oil tankers in the oceans.  Every roof will have solar collectors - painted on nanotubes that are efficient collectors.  It's already starting.  Several local government agencies are using solar energy to supplement their energy usage.  My favorite new project in Chico is the Sierra Nevada Brewery.  It's putting up covered parking with solar collectors on the roof - shaded parking and cheaper electricity.  Wonderful!

Medical coverage for everybody.  What is it about human nature that makes us spend billions on war, weapons, "The Military Industrial Complex", etc., but not enough on medical research and services?  We can change.  Just vote the bastards out and elect people who talk about a future full of  hope instead of fear - all over the world, not just here in the U.S.  I can dream... and it's possible.

There is more that is wonderful and possible, especially with computer technology (e.g., quantum computing) and physics (e.g., time travel, teleportation), but I'm starting to rant and so I'll continue another day.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, you are such an idealist! Which is not a bad thing. Perhaps I see things differently.
    Yes, solar and thermal and bio and wind power is possible; but it's too easily available and harder to control. I mean, anyone can put up solar panels and have free power... how is the electrical monopoly going to stay rich? And wind? Heck, we have it all year long... think you can put a tax on that, or charge people for it? No, you have to make sure that you keep the masses poor and under your control. You have to think about those lonely rich people too!
    We have universal medical coverage in our country. Hmm... that doesn't seem to be working all that well either. Same thing: doctors want to be rich, they don't want to have to deal with sick people all the time that can't pay them what they think they are worth!
    Boy, you sure know how to go around upsetting so many apple carts! ;-)