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PostPosted: February 8 19, 5:15 pm 
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Ok, big idea time, and no, I am not stoned or drunk or on any sort of drug, nor am I a Trekkie:

I think the biggest game-changer to our environment will be the teleporter. Think about it; no more need for:

Vehicles of any kind (cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, trains, boats, planes) except for leisure

Most roads (we'd only need single lane roads, due to diminished traffic), all train tracks, and airports could be greatly reduced in size, since they would only have to accommodate the hobby pilots

Parking lots

Distribution centers, most vehicle repair shops and car dealerships


Also, stores could greatly reduce their footprint, since they wouldn't need to maintain current levels of inventory

The drop in global emissions, combined with the return of green space, would do immense good for our environment. And before you laugh and say, "Yes, you are smoking weed", there's this from over 4.5 years ago:


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2643332/Beam-Scientists-sat-teleportation-possible-transfer-atoms.html

and this from 1.5 years ago:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2017/07/13/beam-me-up-scientists-teleport-1st-object-ever-earth-into-space/475713001/

Admittedly, both articles make clear that "Physically transporting anything large, like a human, however, is still a long ways off". But given the transformation to our planet/environment, I'm actually surprised the eccentric billionaires like Bezos, Musk, Gates or Branson haven't invested sizable amounts of money in the development of this. Because the market opportunity would be massive. Every house and business would want one. There would be public access teleporters at places like parks, government buildings, etc. Quick math: The existing home market in the U.S. is estimated at around 100,000,000 homes. If these things cost $20k/piece, that's $2 trillion in revenue. That doesn't count sales to any businesses, nor sales to any other country.

The downside is it would completely transform our society. There would be gigantic job losses. The logistics industry (truck, bus and mail/delivery drivers, pilots and flight attendants, freighter captains and crew) would be gone. Paving jobs would largely vanish. Vehicle manufacturing would be mostly obsolete.

I might be missing some elements of this, but I think you can see how significant this would be to society.


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