Constraints on growth even in a world with cheap electricity

If polywell fusion is developed, in what ways will the world change for better or worse? Discuss.

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Constraints on growth even in a world with cheap electricity

Postby CharlesKramer » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:25 pm

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Postby Skipjack » Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:02 pm

I think that with unlimited cheap energy, everything is possible. If energy is cheap, you can just build a fleet of whatever robots that will go through every single garbage dump on this planet and extract every last bit of copper, or other valuable mineral/elemt, resource from that. It could still be cost effective, since the energy to operate the robots would be cheap. It would only be the intial cost of the robots (and the development of those) and the cost for maintenance. Actually and looking how energy prices have affected inflation in my country in the past, I think that free unlimited energy would cause a huge economic boom.
Of course even fusion is not free, though it could potentially be cheaper than other sources.

PS: I do think that the price of copper has gone up overall. I would not think that the copper in a penny was always worth more than a penny, or was it?

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