*things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.
To think that motor cars, meat, doctors, lawyers (yay!), teachers are ephemeral, just temporary fads, is quite sobering.
My grandfather was a cavalryman, born in 1861 in Ireland. He died in 1931. I am pretty sure he never owned a motor car.
A forecast I read (which I checked out in case it was fake – it wasn’t) noted:
In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving.
My grandkids will never get a driver’s licence and will never own a car.
Here’s another point from the same list:
- The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025.
- With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.
- Aeroponics will need much less water.
- The first petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. …
There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat.
Sustainability requires us to reduce the environmental footprint of the meat producing industry…accounting for some 18% of our total greenhouse gas emissions.
A Tricorder X machine that works with your phone, will replace your doctor: it takes your retina scan, blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease.
Enough for today – my mind has been boggling since I read this… hope I didn’t spoil your day.
Anyone for a shongololo burger ...