Have you ever had to walk miles to reach drinkable water?
Did you know that smoke from open cooking fires kills twice as many people as malaria?
I’ve had to carry water when on climbing and tramping trips, but all places where I have lived have had running water.
It does remind me of something that happened at a primary school I was attending at Mercer, where an old woman was invited to speak to the class, and one of the kids asked “What was the greatest thing to happen in her life”, to which she answered “running water”.
I wasn’t aware of that effect of smoke until I read it here, then I read it on a link from Ray Kurzweil’s AI site.
A whole new level of assistance is starting to come on stream, as information and skills from the best available are being captured in sophisticated computer systems, and being made available to millions as a result.
Over the next few years this process will gain momentum, and it will change everything.
We are approaching an end to the age where people have to work to ensure their survival, an end to the age of money.
We are approaching the dawn of the age of abundance, where every individual on the planet will have access to all the resource that they need to survive, and therefore have all the time they have to do whatever they choose.
Our schools and training systems will need to adapt rapidly, to teach people how to amuse themselves, when work is no longer a necessity.
Very interesting times.