Another reflection on an essay from The Devil’s Chaplain.
If Dawkins’ extrapolation of Moore’s Law and it’s application to the speed at which we can read and process genetic information by 2050 is combined with parallel advances in other fields of technology like drones and self powered vehicles alongside the 3D mapping of forests already offered by technologies like Lidar plus GPS and mobile Internet, and some wonders yet to be invented, it seems very likely to me that by 2050 we should be able to release a swarm of mini bots (something resembling bugs I reckon) into our impenetrable jungles to create a species by species map of every single living tree.
It would be a fascinating data set to analyse, so long as we haven’t cut down all the trees by then.
This is just a quote I wanted to make note of:
“We have used our unprecedented freedoms, secured at such cost by our forebears, not to agitate for justice, for redistribution, for the defence of our common interests, but to pursue the dopamine hits triggered by the purchase of products we do not need. The world’s most inventive minds are deployed not to improve the lot of humankind but to devise ever more effective means of stimulation, to counteract the diminishing satisfactions of consumption. The mutual dependencies of consumer capitalism ensure that we all unwittingly conspire in the trashing of what may be the only living planet. The failure at Rio de Janeiro belongs to us all.”
– George Mobiot, End of an Era
There’s little point getting all poetic about our wonderful planet if the only time you appear to do anything whatsoever to care for it is when you want to save a few pounds at your customer’s discretion.
Replace “Earth” with “bottom line”, and “environmental” with “financial” and this would be somewhat closer to the truth.