a reply to: Aazadan
a reply to: JoshuaCox
Ironically, I can agree with both of your points to an extent. In theory, it definitely seems easier to implement new technologies in "developed"
areas because of the already existing infrastructure, the educated populace, etc. But in practice, it can also be far more expensive to do this.
Developed ares typically have much higher labor costs, more expensive property values, and far more complicated building regulations (not to mention
environmental laws, waste removal procedures, etc).
Also, areas with already existing infrastructures seem less likely to make significant changes to them because of their current financial
obligations.I mean that they still might not have finished paying off the bonds for their latest infrastructure projects. So it wouldn't make sense to
replace the projects they're still paying off. Or they may have a long lasting contract with specific energy companies/utility companies that prevents
them from simply swapping out their power grid for an upgraded smart power grid.
And having an established infrastructure also generally includes established secondary industries that rely on the current infrastructure. Ok, that
sounds too wordy lol. Basically, I mean that our current transportation systems are reliant on taxi drivers, truck drivers (shipping), and other
professions that would find themselves out of jobs if we instantly switched over to some form of self repairing, driverless vehicles. It's the same
problem a lotof utility companies are having with consumer owned solar setups. Sometimes the utility companies actually have to pay those customers
for the excess energy they generate, which is bad for their current business models & bottom lines (hence why in some States they're trying to place
obstacles to solar implementation).
In practice, a lot of the less developed ares simply don't have these problems other than old industries being replaced by the newer technology. But
if the plan is to get automation and semi-automation to serve the public by supplementing their needs, that would actually be a good thing (because
fewer people would be needed to simply cover that community's basic survival needs).
For example, Somalia has been rapidly upgrading their telecommunications industry. They've completely skipped the lower levels of technology and now
have one of the best (if not the best) telecommunications networks on the continent. And both Nigeria & Ethiopia have recently completed their first
high speed rail projects. Ethiopia, Uganda, and several other nearby countries are rapidly building high tech hydroelectric dams, with Ethiopia's
Gilgel Gibe III Dam (completed in 2015) being the world's 16th tallest dam. And their Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which is still under
construction, is set to be the continent's largest dam and to have the 7th largest reservoir in the world.
With the absence of our massive web of regulations and our public's reluctance to adopt advanced technologies, I actually think it would be easier to
start these kinds of systems in many developing countries. Though I won't lie, there's always the issues of security, stable power grids, and
infrastructure requirements for specific projects. But that's one reason I like China's work in Africa; they generally help build the required
infrastructure for specific projects because they want those allied countries to become stronger.