I’m really confident someone will have fusion technology working pretty soon. There are so many people now getting interested in this area. Just in the past few weeks I’ve found this article covering progress at General Fusion, and this follow up article from Next Big Future. There’s also this article about progress with Polywell-style reactors, and that’s just what’s popped up in my newsfeeds, I wasn’t even looking 🙂
Picture © General Fusion
Speaking of cleaner energy, this story was all over the main news channel yesterday, discussing climate change in the UK in 60-70 years time. What? Why do people insist on extrapolating current trends without even considering technological advancements (exponential ones at that)? I can’t believe that people have such a pessimistic doom and gloom attitude towards this issue. They should be running news stories about research and progress towards future methods of active, local and global climate control and advances in green technologies. I seriously believe that by 2080 we’ll be thinking it was rather quaint that people were so worried about the fate of the planet from the point of view of traditional, naturally occurring weather systems. And our ability to produce large amounts of CO2 detrimental to our own survival will be more likely seen as a bygone era once we are able to control the global climatic conditions.
I do still believe we should make what changes we can now to reduce further compunding of the energy crisis. Hence why I’m saving up for a hybrid car. But think about the probability that someone, somewhere will engineer and commercialize (Note: not even invent – there are plenty of good ideas already) a green energy technology which can be implemented globally within the next 50 years. I don’t think that seems unlikely. I get really irritated with the large proportion of technologically traditionalist and Luddite views in this country, especially when they dominate news headlines!