Demand High for Hi-Tech Built from Low-supply Minerals

First, I wonder if you’ve seen on the web what you’re likely to be seeing very soon out in the wild. They are pretty incredible, granted. Out of many examples, I give you Keecker and Microsoft HoloLens. RazzleDazzle Whiz Bang!

Now the bad news: we can’t find the right stuff to do this for very long. And then what?

There Are No Substitutes for the Metals in Your Smartphone | Motherboard

Renewable Energy Needs Huge Mineral Supply | Climate Central

I’m thinking–get in on the ground floor. Find the developers of the first all-wood iPhone. Then you got something: high-tech that grows on trees.

But we will, of course, subjugate distant communities of dark-skinned and subjugated people, condemn entire classes of animals to an early extinction, and in true predictable American fashion be ready to go to war to “protect our freedoms”–i.e. to build and power our whizbangs du jour.

I use them. And I am aware of the issues in doing so. But it might be a moral issue that will cease to torment conflicted tree-huggers in the decades to come.

So think about it: it is conceivable that this generation and maybe one more are the stuff of bed-time stories hundreds of years from now.

“Mommy tell us about the days when everybody could talk to everybody else and see moving stories in their hands and find the answer to any question on a tiny window of glass. In the Time of Plenty when things were new and shiny and magical, did they  ever think it would end one day?”

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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