2060

Solving problems and advancing humanity is the physics and chemistry of manipulating atoms and molecules.

We increase Collective Intelligence in leader groups to increase thinking capacity, to focus on solving those problems

These are all solvable challenges if we engage more leaders, lean into the work, and then think ad act aggressively,

Decarbonization

We don't make carbon.  The excess carbon in the atmosphere came from the ground ... we need to put it back.

Fossil fuels are nature's dense, portable, widely available and cheap stored energy.  Burning them moves carbon.

The processes of making things like steel and cement release carbon from non-fuel molecules, also from the ground.

Reducing carbon emissions and removing carbon from the atmosphere is creating many high value opportunities. 

Energy & Power

 

Replacing fossil fuels and IC engines with batteries and electric motors will accelerate as battery quality increases.

But, most central power generation is still fossil fuel, which means we've just moved carbon emissions, not eliminated them.

Renewable efficiencies and costs have improved and grids are adapting.  Nuclear and hydrogen will play big roles.

 

The transition from fossil fuels will transform infrastructure, creating many high value business opportunities.

Medicine

Healthcare is understanding the body's molecules, creating new ones to treat them, and affecting lifestyle to maintain them.

As quantum- and bio-computing increase processing capacity, individualized medicine will deliver progressive healthcare.

Healthcare infrastructure will change dramatically in the next decades.  Many big players are already moving.

Agriculture

Farming productivity is tremendous.  We do produce enough food to feed the world.  However, over 40% of food is wasted.  

Fertilizers and poor water and land management, degrade the environment and limit our capacity for production increases.

Genetic design, cultured proteins, local vertical farming and improvements in land management present huge opportunities.

Materials

Beyond steel and cement, there are many materials produced in carbon inefficient processes that will be improved.

Additive manufacturing is reducing time-to-delviery and increasing quality in certain materials.

Reductive manufacturing is becoming more efficient where benefits of additive manufacturing are below the cost.

Advances in information and specification sharing is opening opportunities in consolidated machining and fabrication.