Possibly. What is the natural development of the self-driving car? A train or other forms of connected transport.
I understand that self-driving transport will bring down labour costs and should improve road safety.
However, if we are all being driven around then we may as well use connected transport ie trains and the like.
I think it is a technical distraction more than a new direction. We also have to consider the security concerns – ie hacking. We are unable to safeguard our computer systems let alone those of self-drive cars.
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It is not an easy question to answer as Climate Change is increasingly beginning to affect the decisions made about our future.
Example. Would you invest in a new fruit farm in California?
Would you build a high-rise on a low-lying coastal area?
Would you increase the Federal Budget for flood and bush-fire damage?
It does not matter if you agree that Climate Disasters are man-made or not you still have to plan for the increase in Climate Disasters.
Therefore, any technology has to take Climate Change into account.
I would say any technology that is related to Disaster Management and Control, any to do with water and food production and any technology that involves Civil Defense will all be in demand.
As for the subject ‘World Peace’, without technology advances in the areas I have just described I believe the possibility of World Peace to be increasingly remote without them.
Climate Disasters will increase in frequency and in magnitude causing vast movements of people – we are already seeing a yearly increase in movements of people affected by Climate Disasters. Countries will seek to manage their borders in order to ensure that food and water is available for their own citizens.
This could lead to an increase in regional Conflicts and perhaps even a constant state of ‘World Conflict’.
If we want World Peace we must be able to address the ‘conflict of interests’ that will occur with Climate Change and for that we will need technologies that will provide, food, water and shelter.