“By 2100, We’ll Be Living In A World Of Garbage”
This Fast Company article addresses the very important topic of our growing waste problem and is worth reading. The next couple of decades will see unprecedented levels of garbage, especially in developing economies. However, any article that attempts to forecast current trends many decades into the future deserves scrutiny. The author will often fail to consider new trends and technologies that will affect or solve the problems they describe. Recycling technologies, 3D printing and dematerialization will lead to an eventual decline in waste, but not before we have destroyed many more vast swathes of our planet with toxic landfill. In a few decades we may have intelligent microrobots that will be able to recycle landfill waste and restore the environment, but in the meantime we need to rethink our habits.
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