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Old 03-02-2016, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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Fund research on cancer. Some breakthroughs are in the offing. Cancer medical costs are a massive drain on our GNP not to mention the social costs.
Electric cars. Internal combustion engines are 15% efficient, electric in the 90% range. Research better battery efficiency.
Transportation robotics. People will spend money for this.
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Old 03-03-2016, 08:51 AM
 
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This is an easy (and Massive) win.

Design News - Automotive News - Wireless Power Pitched as Replacement for EV Batteries

Trillion dollar swap-out to take US Off Oil.

Would balance trade, could be totally renewable, all US-built, and requires little-to-no batteries.

The savings (on Oil -- even at cheap prices) pay for the whole swap-out in 10 to 20 years.

Who would not like that?
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:41 PM
 
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Dad always said that if you could produce a new kind of battery, you could make a mint.

Think of it for a moment, how long it takes to charge a battery and then how quickly it is used up on full power. If one could come up with the technology to change that.....WOW!
It's already here. It's called graphene...

How a Microscopic Supercapacitor Will Supercharge Mobile Electronics - IEEE Spectrum

That's just one of its uses. Graphene can literally be used in almost every field from handhelds to water filtration to solar panels to superconducting computers to automotive parts... You name it and graphene has possibilities to improve upon current designs.

I could imagine something like graphene based supercomputers where when ramped up to a scale considerably larger than today a SCC could possibly compute the total possibilities off anything you could think of. You input all the parameters of say city codes, topography, building permits, building materials, etc., etc., etc. and it spits out every possible combination of plans that's theoretically possible and it could do so instantaneously (depending on what scale you can ramp up the processing to).
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Old 03-07-2016, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Atlantis
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Inventions alone do not increase prosperity.


Although within a country where individual and property rights are protected and there is political & economic freedom: Then new inventions in such an environment can 'boost prosperity'.


Otherwise, if a government is able to control, regulate and tax inventions that could potentially increase the prosperity of it's citizens, then most of the benefits of the invention are lost due to the indirect theft of any increase in the quality of a person's life due to the invention.
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Old 03-09-2018, 09:38 AM
 
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It's already here. It's called graphene...

That's just one of its uses. Graphene can literally be used in almost every field from handhelds to water filtration to solar panels to superconducting computers to automotive parts... You name it and graphene has possibilities to improve upon current designs.

I could imagine something like graphene based supercomputers where when ramped up to a scale considerably larger than today a SCC could possibly compute the total possibilities off anything you could think of. You input all the parameters of say city codes, topography, building permits, building materials, etc., etc., etc. and it spits out every possible combination of plans that's theoretically possible and it could do so instantaneously (depending on what scale you can ramp up the processing to).
Yup, graphene and other nanomaterials are really impressive. You dont have to wait for much longer though. there are already companies tailoring these materials on industrial level for almost every company to use. For example check for example [url]http://mstnano.com[/url] At least in electronics it is going to be interesting few years
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Old 03-09-2018, 10:00 AM
 
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An affordable cure for cancer.

Enormous amounts of our economy go towards treating cancer.
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Old 03-09-2018, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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I think one of the reasons of current stagnation is lack of big inventions.
You may be right, but what we need right now is not another shot of N2O to the production/consumption economy. So "inventions" that aren't must-have gizmo/thingies would be preferred.
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Old 03-09-2018, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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An affordable cure for cancer.

Enormous amounts of our economy go towards treating cancer.
Why not just go for world peace - the economic benefits would be almost beyond calculation.

Once you understand the nature of cancer, you begin to understand why almost zero progress has been made in "curing" it - only in earlier detection and aggressive treatment, which has not fundamentally changed in decades.

It's a bit like trying to "cure" gunshot wounds.
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Old 03-10-2018, 04:00 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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It would be nice if we would invent ways that local water can be made potable, but instead we invent plastic bottles to ship it in.
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Old 03-10-2018, 06:00 AM
 
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They use clay pot filtration devices in some countries, seen them in Africa and Central America. Looks like a plastic paint bucket (in fact I guess it might have been one) with a ceramic pot on top that is porous enough for water to soak through but will trap/kill parasites and bacteria. Apparently it's debatable whether they can catch virus since smaller than most microbials . I've drank water out of them for months with no ill effects, which granted is anecdotal and far from a scientific endorsement.

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