Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 3 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
Sci Tech    H3'ed 2/25/09

On the Importance of New Technologies

By       (Page 1 of 3 pages)     (# of views)   6 comments
Author 28369
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Ben Dench

In his epic book The Lucifer Principle Howard Bloom (not to be confused with Harold Bloom) explores, among other things, the history of great empires from ancient China to modern day America. The thing that causes a country to rise in the pecking order among nations is its dedication to innovation and its investment in new technologies. What causes great nations to begin declining on the world stage is that oftentimes those on the top don't seem to understand how they got there. They become complacent and let new technologies and innovations slip through their fingers. When Napoleon was taking over Europe militarily, England spent its time investing in steam and cotton processing technology. Guess who wound up on top? But the country that dominated the world by selling cotton clothes and steam engines let new technologies, that their scientists had developed, go to other countries. Germany learned how to make chemical fertilizers and out-harvested the rest of the world. Germany and America invested in developing ways to harness electricity and made a bundle doing it. America has been on top for a while, but America, too, has let new technologies that its scientists have first developed go to other countries, like Japan. The rich executives on the top figure, “Hey, we're on the top. Why mess with what works? Why spend money investing in new technologies that might not work when we could make more immediate money for ourselves just doing what we're doing?” The result of this mentality, of course, is that those who were once on top end up being surpassed by those willing to look to the future.


In a stirring speech last night, President Obama argued for the importance of investing in new technologies and better infrastructure, especially in the fields of green energy, education, and health care. And he is absolutely right. This economic crisis may be just the kick in the pants that we need to make us do something bold—invest in new technologies. Because that is the only thing that is going to save us in the long run. While each of the fields he mentioned are important for immediate reasons, green technology is probably the most important thing for us to be investing in. Because it undoubtedly is a technology that the future will need, and if we are on the cutting edge of its development we can ride that wave into a new era of prosperity.


All this being said, here are specific technologies in each of the fields mentioned that I'm keeping an eye on:


Green Energy


Full Spectrum Solar Cell

The solar cells we have today suck, but new discoveries may allow us to produce cells that absorb the full spectrum of visible light and cost less to make than traffic lights. This alone could revolutionize the way we do everything.


Wind: Maglev Wind Turbine and The Sky Serpent

Advances in wind technology may make it much more practical than it has ever been before.


Plasma Arc

No matter what we do to power our cities, we still need clean ways to dispose of our garbage. Plasma Arcs might let us do both simultaneously.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Ben Dench Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Ben Dench graduated valedictorian of his class from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in the Spring Semester of 2007 with a B.A. in philosophy (his graduation speech, which received high praise, is available on YouTube). He is currently (more...)
 
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Interview with Richard Carrier

The Origin of Hell

Violent Jesus

How We Know That Christianity Is Not True

The Origin of Satan

On Masochism