10 Things That Would Change The World If They Were Made Cheaper

I was going to write a post about separating gasses today, or maybe it would be about harvesting carbon dioxide. What I do know is that it is a complicated subject and I couldn’t collect enough information to write something truly worth reading, So instead, I decided to make something like this again because last time despite it’s many flaws did provide me with more than a week’s worth of posts afterward so I’ll try and do something similar with this.
I’m basing many of these off of things I heard once or twice, but I’d rather prove wrong later than not have what to post now.

  1. Graphene – I think I’ll pass on writing a post on this one as we always overestimate the uses of “super-materials,” and I probably won’t research deeply enough to get past the hype. For that reason, this will be the only “super-material” on this list, but I may make a post about why they often have less impact than expected.
  2. Nuclear Power Generators – Even if people in certain large countries are too biased against it. (maybe for a good reason but it isn’t like any of our current methods of producing energy aren’t without their downsides, heck the movement to solar power in some parts of Australia caused some coal power plants to reopen.) so if they were cheap enough to make some companies would move forward despite the pushback, and some countries may be more open to it. But maybe I’m wrong, and it’s wholly a political issue.
  3. Wood – For this one, I’d assume we find faster-growing lumber trees or find a way to accelerate their growth. But it would more likely have come from an increased amount of deforestation, a way to produce usable lumber more cheaply or effectively, the ability to process more trees into wood, or maybe just decreased demand. The reduction in price would have to be pretty substantial, and it would increase the amount of wood used in construction and accelerate the development of wood construction techniques.
  4. Computer Chips – We produce an alternative to silicon, which can be used in the same ways and is cheaper, not likely, but these are what-ifs. But would this really change anything? Computers are pretty common at the moment. Well, we’ll see…
  5. Any type of food that at the moment is considered high class – the food of the rich becomes the food of the poor and visa-versa. Happens through history and isn’t that big of a change, but it is a change.
  6. Beer – Or other alcoholic beverages, some countries’ histories were defined by the cheapness of their alcohol, the primary example being Russia, but in Germany beer is cheaper than water and they had a different reaction so I’ll have to see.
  7. Water Desalination – Where it is rare, it shall become plentiful, and our accomplishments shall increase tenfold. Well, not really, but this would be huge everywhere, even if a country is landlocked, or doesn’t have issues with getting enough water. (I’ll explain later)
  8. Solar Panels – well duh, there expensive and inefficient to make. Just find a way to put them on more houses, maybe a bit of infrastructure so we could have something that takes the load off sometimes.
  9. Batteries – Not the small ones, huge pieces of infrastructure. A more efficient or cheaper way to store large amounts of electricity. This is one of the things that would make solar power and wind power actually viable.
  10. Tutoring – If it was less effort or more people were willing or… Small effects which butterfly outwards, or not, so mall effects as an entirely new class of people get the best in education for their children, or maybe the second best.

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