Here’s take #2 of my recent Lisbon TEDx talk. The earlier post linked a version of the talk (take #1, morning) in which the slides often wouldn’t advance and got skipped; I now have the video of the noon redo with debugged visuals:
If you’ve linked to the earlier version, please update. If not, then you might want to bring this talk to wider attention. I think that it’s a good introduction to a topic that needs more attention, and soon.
The talk is also newly posted at the Oxford Martin School’s Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, where I spend my time these days.
Talk abstract (revised):
A Future of Radical Abundance:
Transforming the Material Basis of Civilization
What if an advanced production technology could enable us to transition to a global economy with zero carbon emissions, and then enable us to undertake the vast task of removing excess carbon from Earth’s atmosphere? What if we could learn to make a broad spectrum of products cleanly, at low cost, and on a global scale? If so, then prospects for the 21st century would be different from today’s expectations.
My recent TEDx talk in Lisbon describes the physical basis and historical context of a prospective revolution in the material basis of our civilization: high-throughput atomically precise manufacturing. The level of technology required is visible in the distance today—not close, yet accessible through a series of advances in nanotechnology and the molecular sciences. As global problems intensify, understanding this technological potential has become increasingly urgent. The TEDx talk surveys this topic and provides a framework for further discussion.