Nuclear power? Windmills? Solar power?
The merits of these technologies and others are currently being debated in our thread on China and Unocal. But what about new technologies, some that may not yet exist?
It is no exaggeration to predict that there will be more change in the next 30 years than we saw in all of the last 100. - Philip J. Bond, Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce ( March 18, 2004)
Can you picture what the world was like in 1905, a century ago? Now, project the amount of change that has occurred since then, but compress it into just three decades. And remember this: most of the technologies that so radically changed the world in the 20th century were not even invented in 1905! (TV, jet travel, nuclear energy, telecom satellites, computers, the Internet, almost all plastics, etc.)
This implies that most of the technologies that will radically change our world in the next 30 years have not been invented yet!
It is not hype to recognize and discuss the rapid acceleration of invention, innovation, and diffusion of new technologies within the last few decades, and to apply that rising curve to future technologies.
CRN's research suggests that molecular manufacturing will have a revolutionary, transformative, and probably disruptive affect on all areas of society. Then there are other up-and-coming technologies like genetic engineering, robotics, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology.
Besides these, will additional new technologies be invented, refined, and widely implemented between now and 2035? If history is any guide, that's a pretty safe bet.