I would propose this neologism of ‘Super-Technologies’ as an utopia to which we could go in order to save our Human species and our Planet. The high advances of our technology is a fact of proud. We developed to the point that we can explore almost everywhere. Our modern technology gives us six elements of protection: the omniscience of water supply and electricity, the access to high levels of information through the mass and social media, enough food, an always advance level of medicine and security. Six elements: water, electricity, information, food, medicine and security.
Just remove these six elements and we will be on the wilderness, such it is very well illustrated in this 2010´s drama-documentary by Stephen Kem, After Armageddon.
The dependence on these six elements, makes the ‘high-tech humans’ vulnerable to extinction: In the case of a global disaster – a nuclear war, the impact of an asteroid, a pandemic or any other big event that would kill millions of persons, the humans with more change of survival will not be the high-tech ones, those living in Martian ‘Habs’ – like the protective stations in The Martian, but those who are more near to nature itself and to the most ancient practice of technology. Those who know how to take the best from the nature without destroying it.
Like in the documentary, in the case of a global disaster, it would be likely possible that our high-technological societies will collapse, letting us on the wilderness and reducing the possibilities of survival.
It is then important to prepare all humanity to ‘go back to the jungles’. It does not mean to become once more natural peoples, but to live in harmony with our natural environments. In a certain way, there are plenty of movements around the world promoting it already and it will be a great contribution if governments would support those movements and promote a more simple life, more healthy food, the return to organic farms, vegetarianism and the need to replace fossil fuel with green energy.
This context will need what I call ‘Super-Technologies’. I define it as those technologies, arts, skills, methods and processes that will be indestructible in the aftermath of a global, regional or local disaster. In a certain way we are already trying with Super-Technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the use of green energy (solar and wind power).
Super Technologies (ST) must be able to rely in its own operative systems without human intervention, getting their own energy from green power. The Curiosity Rover that is exploring the surface of Mars is a good example of what I see as ST. In the case of a disaster, AI should take care of humanity without waiting for a human initiative, guaranteeing that the elements of human survival would keep on going and preventing more destruction in the worst case. They must have the enough power and system to run for long periods of time, even decades in the possible, to keep the six elements of the ‘Hab’ available for an undetermined period of time.
But along with the development of those Super Technologies, it is very important to simplify the life of modern people, especially those who live from high-tech in developed cities. Although the high-tech people are in fact a minority in the Planet, they are the biggest consumers of natural resources. They are much expensive than the natural peoples (indigenous). How to simplify their life? It is not enough the support of global campaigns and they are very much necessary, but it is also important the role of those Super-Technologies for humanity to become more simple. An example is the use of solar energy and the gradual replacement of fossil fuel. We need to use water in a reasonable way. The use of water for sewers, for example, should be replace for a new system. Looking for the use of human waste in a more harmonic way with the environment would be a challenge we have to assume. Just reducing the entering of tons of human waste into rivers and seas would make a big contribution to the preservation of water, avoiding its contamination. When we will implement the self-contained composting toilets that don’t use water? The composting toilet must be by now a global norm and it should be improved to become a Super Technology that will help us to preserve water and to use the human excreta in horticultural or agricultural soil enrichment.