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    Posted: 21-Mar-2009 at 22:58
My question is exactly that: Given the state of mankind today, what technologies should be given priority by the world's R&D and why. Considering the many challenges facing the Human Race in the 21st century, what is the most pressing needs we have and what is the best tech to deliver us from disaster?
 
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I believe the following:
 
(1) Going hydrogen. Hydrogen production and distribution should be a priority. Besides, replacing motors by fuel cells should be encouraged. The development of suitable photoelectric devices, to cover cheaply roofs and windows, should be part of the building standar technology. Nuclear fusion and Power Solar Satellites shoud be priviledged for energy production.
 
(2) Paper-like flexible screens, to replace books and the printing press should be a priority, to preserve our forests to be cut to the ground.
 
(3) Better and cheap anticonception methods, particularly focussed in poor countries, should be develop and encouraged.
 
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I don't disagree with pinguin but I'm a little worried about how the question is posed.
 
The primary problem the world faces today - the tectonic shift underlying the earthquake of the financial crisis if you like - is the result of advancing technology, essentially diminishing the value/price of labour.
 
The basic question to be resolved therefore is not what technologies should be focussed on, but how do we redesign society for a situation in which full-time labour is no longer necessary for economic maintenance and growth. And at bottom that means coping with a problem that is essentially psychological, not technological - the widespread assumption that people should spend most of their time working.
 
Oh, and csw, you have to have made a certain number of posts (I forget how many) before you're allowed to post to current affairs.


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The problem is that capital doesn't give money to workers for charity... If people don't work don't eat. In fact, I bet in our times people works longer hours than in many previous centuries.
 
For me this crisis just show a single lesson: the service economy is ballooney. What is requiered is manufacturing cheaper and faster. What is also requiered is to change the contracts between single individuals and company. A company has too much power to contract and to fire people, and also fixes how much to pay. In other words, companies have put in place a Feudal system once again.
 
It is time to think a economy by the people and for the people, rather than designed for the economical vultures that prey on the market. 
 
 
 
 


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Originally posted by pinguin pinguin wrote:

The problem is that capital doesn't give money to workers for charity... If people don't work don't eat. In fact, I bet in our times people works longer hours than in many previous centuries.
Marginally you're cvorrect about the US anyway where people work longer hours in the 21st century than they did in the 20th.  However, by the 20th people's working hours in general were lower than they had ever been in history.
 
Agricultural and pre-agricultural societies of course are somewhat different, but the advance of technology in the 19th and 20th century was matched by reductions on working hours - 6 days a week, 14-15 hour days were commonplace in the 18th century even under relatively progressive employers like Boulton and Wedgwood.
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For me this crisis just show a single lesson: the service economy is ballooney. What is requiered is manufacturing cheaper and faster. What is also requiered is to change the contracts between single individuals and company. A company has too much power to contract and to fire people, and also fixes how much to pay. In other words, companies have put in place a Feudal system once again.
If you make products cheaper and faster you throw more and more people out of work. With risding unemployment, demand slumps even more and you only produce fewer products cheaper and more quickly, which lays off more people until suddenly it's 2008.
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It is time to think a economy by the people and for the people, rather than designed for the economical vultures that prey on the market. 
It's time to ensure that people who don't work - because there's not enough work needs doing, thanks to computers, robots and automation - get adequate incomes so that they can maintain a necessary level of monetary demand.
 
But like I said, getting people to accept that is going to be tough because of the fixed obsesssion that you should have to work for what you get. 
 
 
 
 
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IMHO having a technology and how to use it are two different things, our problem is the misuse of technology, one of the challenges facing the human race is human race itself and its growth, we have the technology to do something about this but we prefer to make a bionic human.
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Yetka, could you eleaborate please? I kinda get what you're stabbing at, but not quite.
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The main problem I see with how the question is phrased is the following: the world as such does not take economic decision. To a large extent nor do countries; there are very few (if any) examples of national government still taking decisions that truly matter for the economic strategy of its territory (Japan may be a outliner here, but I actually know very little about how it).

What I mean is, for sure, national governments and entities (central banks) still matter at a macroeconomic point of view. They influence monetary and fiscal factors, but the actually skipping of the production is done at the provincial level. It is the policies of the Maharashtra government that made Mumbay such an important economic centre, not the Indian government.

So it is at the regional level that one should make these decisions.
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