I am deeply grateful for a decade at Imperial College researching the seminal works of brilliant minds, particularly those shaping the development of science and technology. Many of the finest, having escaped preoccupation with using and enjoying the conditions of life, seemed driven to discover, enjoy and use the laws, by which these conditions exist, to help us all make the most of the opportunity To Be. See OpportunityToBe.com
These flaming ones have inspired and informed all my efforts to this end. And a peculiar mix of physics, fintech, mass-production and technology development has led me to embrace a radical working hypothesis:
We could rapidly shift to providing well for our present, without depleting, but by enhancing the future ability of all to provide.
This is based on the grossly underexploited potential of recently developed technologies that could be repurposed, or rather uppurposed, to use plentiful neglected resources collaboratively in place of scarce ones, over which we wastefully compete.
This approach could be a seed of a strategy, tragically lacking today, to rapidly make this urgently needed shift. See Anthropocene2.com.
During 20 years of EU and UK funded technology projects as scientist/manufacturer with some of the leading research groups devoted to sustainability housed within The Fraunhofer Institute, Imperial, etc. we developed an invaluable toolkit to affordably transfer photons from source to target close to the physical limits. See Transphotonics.uk.
This toolkit facilitates step-changes in fields as diverse as power generation, heating, cooling, lighting, optical wireless comms and machine perception. Integration with many other advances suggests radically new approaches to sectors such as energy, water, waste, construction, agriculture, communications, transport, food and chemical processing, smart cities, medical diagnostics and even CO2 drawdown.
Emails to Barry@BarryClive.com would be particularly welcome from those interested in the working hypothesis above.