How will the future of nanotech manufacturing processes save the world from itself? The other day, I was speaking with an interesting individual about human transportation, fossil fuels, oil, gasoline, and CO2 Global Warming Theory. She explained to me that we were ruining our environment. I asked her if she drove a car, to which she said yes. I asked how many cars in her household, she said three. I asked her how many kids she’d produced for the planet, she said; three so far, and that’s most likely it.
She said she was worried about the future for her kids, so I asked her why she had so many. No reply. I explained to her that technology was helping with the challenges of too many people and all the kids that she and everyone else had been producing for the planet, also that I wasn’t too awfully concerned that we’d reach an extinction event due to mankind’s own follies, and wasn’t even concerned about Global Warming Theory, so she asked why?
Well, I gave her an example. You see, there was an interesting article in Homeland Security News on September 21, 2012 titled;
“Microstructural improvements enhance material properties” which stated; ” DARPA merges structural engineering principles with new fabrication technologies to demonstrate microstructural control of materials at the micron level; the ultimate objective of the agency’s Materials with Controlled Microstructural Architecture (MCMA) program is to be able to develop materials in the future with properties tailored to meet specific mission requirements”
Now then, this is what we need for abundant production of nanotech materials to make our cars, planes, ships, lighter and stronger – better homes, bridges, space craft, dams, building materials, and military equipment – right on DARPA, bring it on, we need this now, this is where we ought to be focusing our research dollars, the applications are endless and it will provide all the alternative energy future we got promised, better solar cell % efficiency, better everything – better batteries, computers, furniture, transparent materials replacing glass and saving the weight – better medical devices, robotics, everything – yes everything.
Instead we see wasteful political pet projects by the Administration forcing the DOE to make stupid guaranteed BS loans. I am a little upset about all that as a taxpayer, but I would say that DARPA gets it. Eventually, all of this new technology will become transfer technologies and help humans solve all their problems. If we can make things out of our waste byproducts then we don’t have to “cut down rain forests” or deal with REEs, or worry about poor mileage cars – everything will be more efficient with less waste moving forward.
Cleaner, meaner, greener, or whatever you wish to call it, I just call it better and more efficient meaning we can do more with less, thus, solving one of the main complaints of environmentalists. Indeed, I don’t believe we need fuel mandates, I believe fuel prices and entrepreneurship, along with decent new technologies will solve these problems. For instance, jet airliners today are 75% efficient than they were in the 1970s. Okay so, please consider all this and think on it.