For every problem we humans face, there seems to be something wonderful as well. All of this continues to ensure that the future remains a blurry grey zone. One of the positives I've been following for a few years is the concept of quantum nucleonic reactors. These reactors are not "nuclear" at all so don't confuse the term "nucleonic" with nuclear, as I've seen many others do. In fact, if you want to understand a little bit of the physics involved, you ought to read this paper from the University of Texas at Dallas that describes The Essential Fundamentals of Quantum Nucleonics.
Apparently the United States Air Force is considering building a quantum nucleonic powered aircraft to be used for various purposes. The most immediate thought is of drone planes hovering over enemy territory. But I wonder how such a power source might be used outside of military applications. Would quantum nucleonic reactor powered aircraft provide financial stability to the airline industry? Can quantum nucleonic powered trains become the backbone of a cleaner and less oil-dependent transportation network?
Technology like this provides us with a way to both reduce dependence on oil, thus extending the lifespan of available oil supplies, and to reduce total greenhouse emissions, basically killing two birds with one stone. Such reactors might also be useful in powering ships as well as aircraft or trains.
Humanity stands at a crossroads. We've reached a point where we can and are making indelible and dangerous impacts on the world in which we live. We must make choices and soon. The choices we make will decide whether we move forward to a brighter tomorrow or backwards towards the Olduvai Gorge from whence we came.
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