Ray Kurzweil über Transport und Reisen der Zukunft

Ray Kurzweil ist Futuruloge und Spinner, der zum Beispiel über ewiges Leben dank Nanotechnologie nachdenkt. Schon super, wenn man beruflich herumspinnen kann. Das Good Magazine hat ein Interview mit ihm über Transport der Zukunft und darin geht es nicht um Flying Cars (dafür aber um „flying vehicles that use nanoengineered microwings“, is ja auch was).

GOOD: How will technological advances change transportation in the 21st century?

Ray Kurzweil: For starters, we will replace a lot of transportation with the ability to meet each other in virtual reality. I give about a third of my speeches around the world using a virtual-communication system that allows me to appear at a venue in three dimensions and in real time. My image is three-dimensional, life-sized, and fully realistic. As I move around, the audience sees their local background behind me.

kurzweil lec Going Down The Rabbit HoleUltimately, virtual reality will be extremely realistic and incorporate all of the senses. If we go out to around 2030, we will be able to send someone an information file (as an email attachment, for example) and they will “print” it out in three dimensions to create virtually any three-dimensional object, such as a computer, a solar panel, a module to build housing, food, or clothing. This will replace most of the transportation needed to ship products.

Weiter unten sagt er dann etwas verdammt richtiges über Green Tech, Hybrid-Autos und das Verhältnis der Gegenwart zur Zukunft.

G: Wow. Well, in the near term, President Obama is talking about converting the federal fleet to hybrid cars and spending $8 billion on high-speed rail. Given the radical changes you envision, does this focus on hybrid cars and high-speed trains seem shortsighted to you?

RK: It’s not shortsighted. These are constructive steps and bring us closer to a world of clean energy. Twenty years from now we will be able to get all of the energy we need from very inexpensive nanoengineered solar panels and store the energy in small, decentralized nanoengineered fuel cells. Solar power is, in fact, doubling every two years and has been for 20 years, and we are only eight doublings away from it meeting 100 percent of the world’s energy needs. And we have 10,000 times more sunlight than we need to do this. But we cannot simply implement a circa-2029 infrastructure today. We should use today’s technology aggressively to meet challenges such as clean energy.

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