• The development of a cheap source of energy that was virtually unlimited, yet small enough to fit in a pocket
We already have the beginnings of this technology in our world today. A battery the size of a cellphone battery but the thickness of a Styrofoam plate has been developed by an inventor here in the US recently. If coupled with some form of pocket clip solar collector it would be limited to voltage and wattage for small electronics only but virtually unlimited as far as replenishable usable power. Benefiting from this would not only be a society ...view middle of the document...
This would relate to more profit to the bottom line, customer retention increases and employee retention due to less job stress. A win-win for everyone involved. The only downside to smaller technology items is progressive use of automation for manufacture and the loss of jobs in the workforce.
• The development of a “transporter,” similar to the one used on “Star Trek,” that could ship both goods and people across the street or around the world cheaply and instantaneously
A transporter to move goods and people whenever and wherever needed on this planet or even to another destination in space would make a huge positive impact on society in the way we deal with relationships, both family and as a national entity worldwide and business in the need for speed of production and cost effectiveness. This dramatic shift would seriously have a negative impact on the transportation, vehicle manufacture and oil industries with a major loss of passengers, goods moved and demand for fuel. These industries would have to adapt to other outlets for their services. On the up side of this scenario the tree hugger activists would be extremely happy with less fossil fuels polluting the atmosphere, less highways needed to spoil the landscape because of less vehicles and the ease for travelling to these unspoiled retreats.