Nové technologie nového století

DAVOS – Letošní jednání Světového ekonomického fóra ve švýcarském Davosu řeší hrozby pro geopolitickou stabilitu a lidský život a hledá způsoby, jak urychlit vznik většího počtu efektivnějších politických, ekonomických a technologických nástrojů určených k jejich řešení. Mezi nejpalčivější výzvy této generace patří nedostatek potravin, vody a energie, klimatické změny a stoupající hladiny moří a také šíření nových nemocí odolných vůči lékům.

Lidstvo čelilo ohrožení své existence a zdraví planety už dříve, ale díky naší duchaplnosti a vynalézavosti se nám podařilo odvrátit apokalypsu nebo ji alespoň odsunout na pozdější dobu. Letošní jednání v Davosu dá nahlédnout na otázku, odkud vzejdou příští objevy a produkty, které dokážou zachránit životy, planetu a ekonomiku, a kam bychom měli investovat své schopnosti a prostředky, abychom podpořili příští generaci převratných technologií.

Zrychlující se sbližování biologických, fyzikálních a inženýrských oborů slibuje ohromující řadu nových technologických řešení. Představte si uhelnou elektrárnu, která vypouští do okolního prostředí jen vodu a čistý vzduch. Uvnitř elektrárny proměňují speciálně vyvinuté kvasinky oxid uhličitý uvolněný při spalování uhlí na suroviny vhodné pro výrobu dlažby a dalších stavebních prvků.

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