High-Tech above all

Protecting High-Tech

The High-Tech sector must be protected above traditional manufacturing and very-long-term research into fusion-power and quantum-computing must be prioritized

 

Some other policies that follow from Pre-emptive Recovery are very high-level and can only really be enacted at international level. For instance, fusion-power is potentially an extremely attractive energy source thirty years out. Despite the major international projects underway, overall research is underfunded. It should be made a very-high priority as soon as current national deficits have been sufficiently reduced.

Similarly, as the ‘supernet’ emerges and massive archiving becomes routine, users will need a level of parallelism in search-routines that cannot even theoretically be achieved by the type of computer designs currently in use. Quantum-Computing research is partially funded for government communication-monitoring agencies such as the NSA and GCHQ. But such radically-different approaches will be crucial to more than just cryptography. This sort of research is currently under-prioritized in relation to the urgency that there will be within a couple of decades to realize its potential.

Finally, to avoid global economic collapse from Moore’s Law slowing too fast, it is necessary to prioritize High-Tech computer-chip manufacture (and everything that flows from it) even above traditional sectors such as the automotive industry – politically sensitive though such a policy is. When famous-name car companies liquidate, there are massive job losses. If the world’s chip designers cannot find the money to create the next generation of integrated circuits on schedule, much of the global economy risks unraveling.

In due course, just as with peaking-oil, the international community will indeed eventually need to manage a globally-orchestrated slowing of Moore’s Law (because the technical challenges will at last be becoming insurmountable). But the world economy is absolutely nowhere near that time yet. Long, long before then, High-Tech will have accelerated a final major trend of the world economy to such a degree that extreme backlashes caused by the unfathomable interactions of all the other trends risk becoming both inevitable and unstoppable.

It is this last trend more than any other that hard-wires the interconnections of our world economy and amplifies the hidden consequences that clash within it. Out of sight, it builds uncontrolled feedback throughout the economic system until the overload to our established infrastructure eventually blows the weakest link in what we perceive as a global crisis. It turns out that High-Tech is the relatively-calm eye of the storm – the very heart of the explosive vortex that is stirring up such turbulence further afield. The force that ultimately constrains that spiraling and increasingly-unstable vortex within its ultimately self-destructive path is: Globalization.