Some solutions to most of the world’s biggest challenges might be at reach.
Here are a few examples:
The amount of solar energy that hits the planet’s surface in one hour (4.3 x 1020 joules) is more than all the energy consumed in the planet in one year (4.1 x 1020 joules). However, less than 0.1% of the world’s electricity is generated from solar power.
70% of the planet is covered by water. So why the water shortages? It’s just that 97% of the water is too salty for consumption or crop production and it’s been uneconomical to desalinize sea and brackish water.
Almost 60% of the world’s freshwater withdrawals are used for agricultural irrigation. However, hydroponics is 70% more efficient than traditional agriculture while aeroponics is 70% more efficient that hydroponics. Thus, if we used aeroponics for agriculture, we could reduce water use for farming from 60% to 5%—quite the savings. Besides, aeroponic production is pesticide free and can be vertically stacked, pointedly reducing deforestation.
As with solar energy and water shortages, most of the world’s challenges today are not an issue of scarcity,
but of ACCESSIBILITY & RESOURCEFULNESS.
through Exponentially Accelerating Technologies
Technologies tend to accelerate exponentially, so those required to address today’s biggest challenges already exist or will soon be invented.
Technological breakthroughs to solve these challenges are half the battle. The other half is bringing them to market with successful entrepreneurship.