Some future technologies that could change the game entirely
Below: Power Satellites – Fusion – Laser Geothermal – Self-replicating machines?
Fusion – the impact would be huge!
Fusion – latest approaches
CNBC October 2021
Laser bored geothermal – heat ray to melt through 10km of the Earth’s crust!
Sci-Fi self-replication machines
If self-reps really arrive and start to deploy almost everything we need in some sort of Post Scarcity economy then today’s normal economic questions vanish. If the robots build it all for free, who cares if you have to build a renewable grid 10 times over or huge off-river pumped hydro dams to store immense power overnight? With R2D2 and his mates building it for us, we could even imagine a global grid that constantly shoots solar power from noon around to midnight. I love the idea – as this is real post-scarcity stuff. This could end up being Isaac Asimov’s iRobot. But this relies on general intelligence AI – and who knows if it will ever let us drive cars, let alone run robots that can mimic industrial engineers?