Within a few decades, machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence, leading to The Singularity — technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history. The implications include the merger of biological and nonbiological intelligence, immortal software-based humans, and ultra-high levels of intelligence that expand outward in the universe at the speed of light. For complete details, see below. Until I return to a further explanation, however, do read the first sentence of this paragraph carefully.
Waste minimization and recovery of energy from waste by composting, anaerobic digestion, incineration etc. Landfilling The cost of building and operating incinerators or providing special landfill sites is enormous.
If substantial parts of these funds were to be diverted towards waste minimisation and encouraging recycling, the need for waste disposal could be enormously reduced, apart from reducing the dangers which arise from both incineration and landfill.
It is essential to explore the potential of environment-friendly technologies, like anaerobic digestion ADfor the treatment of municipal waste because it holds the promise to address two highly important environmental concerns — waste management and renewable energy.
The EPA has srtict rules and most countries do as well. The go to great lengths in their design to make sur ethe emmissions are not harmful.
This is reduction of waste under controlled heat with out gasses being subjected to emission controls that are automated and strict. This has been the case for over the past many years for their plants. They have been awarded environmental awards from the EPA and others because of the safe emmisiions.
It is a disservice to lump them with the incineration plants of old. One can verify this by looking at the EPA and their web sites or visiting a plant. It makes safe renewable energy from the home grown local renewable fuel… trash.
Oh also they do recycling at these plants. The plants input sources can be after recycling companies pull addition materials out like cardboard and plastics. This energy production is safe, clean, helps keep landfills from filling up and does recycling form local fuel material trash.
So what elese does this kind of energy manufacturing not coal or gas or oil? When I was first introduced to this idea my first thought was billowing black toxic smoke caused by burning garbage.
As I have become more educated over the years I have learned that it is much more regulated than other industry emitters. Most likely driven from public opposition. In an idealistic world recycling is the answer.
But in a realistic world recycling recycling and energy from waste are both going to play a role in waste management. Clinton I am very interested in the Waste-to-Energy industry. Could any of you point me in a direction where I could get some more facts and some of the concerns people have about WTE plants?
Thanks Salman Thanks for your comment, Clinton. You may write to me at salman. The exterior was designed by artist Fritz Hundertwasser and is a pretty wild sight to behold.
They also produce electricity in the process. Metals are removed from the ash after incineration and recycled. The added benefit, of course, is a severely reduced need for landfill space.Agriculture has contributed to climate change in many ways, for instance through the conversion of forests to farmland and the release of greenhouse arteensevilla.comsely, climate change now threatens to irreversibly damage natural resources on which agriculture depends.
Here's my full essay for the 'positive or negative development' question that we've been looking at over the last few weeks. In some countries, many more people are choosing to live alone nowadays than in the past.
Do you think this is a positive or negative development? In recent years it has become far more normal for people to live alone, particularly in large cities in the developed world.
Moore's Law is the observation that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years.
This aspect of technological progress is important as the capabilities of many digital electronic devices are strongly linked to Moore's Law. Below I will show how aspects as diverse as processing speed, product price, memory capacity, and even the number and size of.
21st century technologies promises and perils of a dynamic future organisation for economic co-operation and development. In Don’t Fear the Robots: Why Automation Doesn’t Mean the End of Work, Roosevelt Fellow Mark Paul challenges the narrative that large-scale automation will imminently lead to mass unemployment and economic insecurity.
He debunks the idea that we are on the cusp of a major technological change that will drastically alter the nature of work. Are You a Techno-Optimist or a Techno-Pessimist?
“Reflections” is a new category of posts aimed to engage discussion about broader issues in technology and ethics.