Amazing Technology That Would Save The Government Money
When most people start arguing about the best ways for governments to cut costs they begin to panic about budget cuts and the effect on the economy, with some going so far as to wonder whether or not the local authorities will be phased out until they can be replaced entirely by some form of sci-fi film style Artificial Intelligence.
Now, there is no doubt that technological developments and automation have helped to streamline governments and services, but there are so many scientific innovations out there that it is safe to saw we have a few options to try before we start relying on AI to handle all the daily dealings.
Below are just three of the ways technology has started exploring its options and how, if development continues and people get onboard, scientists can help cut government costs, even at the most basic of levels.
Bioluminescent Trees Instead Of Streetlights
The brainchild of Dutch innovator Daan Roosegaarde, replacing streetlights with bioluminescent trees is what the future of city streets looks like. Joining Roosegaarde in his quest for firefly-inspired foliage is scientist Alexander Krichevsky and the State University of New York; they are starting with small scale projects combining bioluminescent bacteria with the DNA of common houseplants, with a view to translate the research to bigger projects. Their bioluminescence plan will not only cut cities’ energy emissions, but the reduction in electricity and maintenance costs (like replacing light bulbs) will reduce bills too. It may be a big transition to begin with, but the idea sounds like the ultimate investment.
Transparent Solar Concentrators
Renewable and sustainable energy is a hot topic in the modern world. At home, at work and at play, people are striving to be green every which way they can, without breaking the bank. The same goes for governments. Solar energy is an untapped and almost unlimited source of energy that governments know holds potential, but how do they incorporate it into everyday life on large, city-wide scales? Well, according to scientists, transparent solar concentrators are a good place to start. The set up and appearance of solar panels at present makes them a one trick pony, taking up a lot of space and proving to be both unpopular and impractical for use in cities. Transparent solar concentrators however can be used as windows in office buildings, screens on smartphones and even as bus stop shelters. Aesthetically pleasing, multipurpose and practical, they will generate energy at a fraction of the cost for local authorities. Though the technology needs tweaking, if introduced to towns and cities it will transform the way we produce and use energy.
Nanotechnology in Construction
Nanotechnology holds a lot of potential as far as the construction industry is concerned, especially big and ongoing projects like urban development, highway maintenance and general upkeep of public spaces. It offers more variation and less limitations, making construction faster, cheaper and safer. Homes, roads and skyscrapers alike would be more time and cost efficient to build, whilst tricky and expensive repair jobs would become routine with the help of nanobots. Research is being carried out to see the possibilities of using nanotechnology in a wide range of different construction materials and procedures. Nanotechnology is already used to make concrete and glass fire-protective, as well as to make glass and cement self-cleaning (which is a great way for companies and public services to cut costs), so the prospect of a nanobot built city is not a million miles away.
Of course, these are just three of the ways technology is helping to change the face of 21st century cities. Governments are starting to think more out of the box, especially when it comes to cutting costs and making things more efficient, and both the manufacturing and engineering sectors are making the practical application of research a priority. So it will certainly be interesting to see where the near future and all of its advancements take us.