We have heard from Paul Gilding that fear has to be our motivator. But that has been used for 30 years with little success.
And we have heard from T. Boone Pickens that fracking is the best way forward, the environmental and climate effects be damned.
Both are simply rehashes of approaches already used and found to have only transitory usefulness. People stop being afraid and natural gas has to be a transition to something specific, not to some far away endpoint.
Peter Diamandid presents the bet response – let’s leverage the huge innovation already occurring to find solutions. People we least expect will be the most important. 3 Billion new minds will be connected to the rest of us in 8 years, all ready adding to the reservoir of talent we already have.
It is incorrect to see that we are living totally in a world of falling resources. We are on the cusp of being more sustainable than ever.
Population comes under control when you educate people, particularly women.
We worry about energy but space-based solar power would provide what we need. But it requires a lot of raw materials – natural resources we are running out of.
Near-earth asteroids can potential be a problem if they hit us. So why not mine them? A single asteroid can have more iron, platinum, gold and silver than exist on the Earth today.
These technologies will also provide us with more water than we need. The driving force into space will necessitate an expansion of our population into new frontiers, removing much of the pressures on the Earth today.
Titan could be a source of the organic molecules we rely on for the generation of plastics, fertilizer, etc.
We have an abundance of resources. We just need to make some changes in ourselves to reach an abundant and sustainable future.
It will be amazing how fast we achieve this.