Our world has come to rely on technology to do almost everything. While that is a good thing, because we can do everything faster, it also means that we are somewhat dependent on the tech, rather than on ourselves. Some would call it egomaniacal to strive to be completely independent while others would call it rational. Whatever you want to call it, technology has integrated into our world and everyone uses it daily.
Technology is here and it is evolving. That means, it is also looking toward saving the world. What does that mean, how can technology save the world? Here are just a few examples.
This has always been a question the world wanted to answer, or rather, in the past two centuries, ever since industry was created and integrated into every country. From coal and fossil fuel plants to gas plants, nuclear plants and wind farms. We have found ways of innovating and making the process of creating electricity much cleaner. Even hydroelectric plants have evolved to make better use of water and stop contaminating it. Clean energy is one of the first steps in making the world a better place. It will only get better, as more countries move from fossil fuels to wind or nuclear energy.
The world has a limited amount of materials. If we keep using what is in the Earth’s crust, we will eventually deplete it, which will either force an insane price jump for everything, or force us to look at other nearby planets as a source of materials. That is probably not a good option, seeing how our space travel is still lacking, let alone planet and asteroid colonization, even for mining. That is why recycling plays such a big deal in saving the environment. Technology helped make recycling easier, better, while using less energy at the same time.
Some of the biggest polluters are cars with internal combustion engines. There has been a trend lately, of making electric cars, one which will keep on persisting until most fossil fuel based cars are replaced. Technology also made fossil fuel cars pollute less, much less than the cars from 40 years ago, most of which are still in driving condition and some of which are driven regularly, especially in poorer countries. Electric cars will one day be extremely affordable and the charger networks will be integrated into every country and possibly, every gas station, as well.
Not only is reduction of pollution necessary, but it should be a priority. Lately, there have been strides in making waste disposal better, or rather, making the waste something else, and not just a polluter of the environment. Imagine every mechanic dumping oil down the drain, instead of sending it to their local recycling plant. Things would get rather polluted, rather quickly.
Technology is evolving and it is striving to save the world, among other things. The more it succeeds, the better it will be for all of us. There will be more new inventions whose only purpose will be to help the environment.