posted on Sep, 8 2013 @ 09:28 PM
So I was thinking about the march of progress the other day. Specifically, I was looking at what a profoundly disappointing plateau we seem to have
hit over the last several decades in terms of technological advancements. Now, it is easy to call that view ridiculous. Many of us now carry computers
in our pockets more powerful than almost anything that built prior to 1980. We have the internet. We will see something resembling commercial space
flight in the next several years. We are, by every measure, the most advance we have ever been.
However! Let us consider some of the things that have stagnated:
1. Power Generation. This is, of course, the big one. We have not developed a single significant advancement in the generation of electric power since
the invention of the nuclear reactor. Okay, the first solar cell in the mid-1950's is a bit more recent. Still, that around 65 years in which time
we have not officially made any meaningful forward process in the generation of electricity. Heck most power generation is still some variation on the
turbine developed by Faraday in the 1820s!
2. Transportation: Cars, busses, trucks, planes, jets, and rockets. The fundamentals of the internal combustion engine, the jet engine and even the
electric motor have scarcely changed since their respective inventions. I will give a cursory nod here to the recent rise of electric and hybrid
vehicles, though let us not forget that electric cars were the standard for several years in late 19th century (that's the 1800's, folks), before
Henry Ford colluded with some oil tycoons to make internal combustion the standard.
3. Farming. This is a bit of a tricky one as there have clearly been some vast developments in farming in the past 100 years. From industrialization
(bigger combines, larger irrigation systems, computer monitoring) to our beloved (/sarcasm) GMO's, it would seem that we are constantly updating the
way we grow food. Never mind that the fundamentals of hydroponics that have been available to us since about the 1940's could, by now, allow nearly
every home on the planet to generate a fair portion of their base sustenance food.
4. Economics. This is a bit more of an abstract and philosophical observation, but our concepts of money and employment have become entirely unhinged
from the concept of production. This is not because of inappropriate changes in the way we treat money and employment, but rather a dangerous
stagnation in the way we do so. There are far to many people doing what I call "Imaginary Work" because we have not yet been able to move beyond the
increasingly antiquated notion of the 40+ hour work week.
When we look at these first three items in particular we see areas where advancement that kept pace with developments in the fields of computers and
entertainment or that was even remotely proportionate to what those same fields had seen from 1900 to 1960; we see several areas of human endeavor
that would set humankind free.
How many threads do we see on here each year about "Free Energy"? We know that the generation of the power to run our increasingly plugged in lives
is one of the biggest costs out there. It is the reason for countless forms of environmental blight. It is the reason for so many of our wars. This,
of course, ties in to the second area. We don't use much oil to generate electricity, but we use billions of gallons of it a day worldwide to drive
and fly, not to mention to ship all of our consumer goods in this increasingly globalized word.
Food. The fundamental element of life. The most basic and precious of physical commodities. Food is what it's all about in the end. We work to put
food on the table. A poor country is one where the people go hungry. We remember the depression for soup kitchens and bread lines.
It would seem to me that the scarcity of these items is a controlled reality of life. Just looking at the developmental flatline we hit in mid-20th
century while advancements in petty creature comforts and mind-numbing distractions and tools to control us kicked in to high gear. Do you believe
I sure as heck don't. It seems to me that the technology to provide true abundance and its cohort, freedom is being intentionally held back from the
masses. All to try and keep us locked into the 4th antiquated model. The maintaining of the status quo is important to them because right now, a
select few are essentially living in a Utopia. Once the yoke of forced/artificial scarcity is shed, it will be only a few generation before everyone
will live in something close to Utopia. There will still need to be work. People will still need to produce the life they wish to live, but the limits
on what that life can be will be constrained only by the work you put in to it.
The question remains: How to unleash the quashed technology?