I was quizzing the AI about the research and observations I’ve done over the past decade. I’m impressed that they were so pointedly validated by an AI on the net and horrified that I was right.
After outlining the issue of neoliberalism and the definitions of a healthy society as per the French Revolution philosophers, I asked: Who and what present the biggest obstacles to creating a sustainable future according to all available data?
Below is the answer:
- Limited Political Will and Policy Inertia: Insufficient political will and resistance to implementing bold and transformative policies to address climate change and sustainability goals can hinder progress. Short-term political considerations, vested interests, and the challenges of coordinating global action present significant obstacles.
- Fossil Fuel Dependency and High Carbon Economy: The continued reliance on fossil fuels for energy production and transportation contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Transitioning to renewable energy sources and reducing carbon-intensive practices requires significant investment, technological advancements, and overcoming vested interests in the fossil fuel industry.
- Unsustainable Consumption and Production Patterns: Current patterns of overconsumption, resource extraction, and wasteful production processes place strains on ecosystems and deplete natural resources. Shifting towards more sustainable consumption and production practices requires systemic changes in business models, consumer behavior, and supply chains.
- Socioeconomic Inequalities and Poverty: Socioeconomic inequalities and poverty can exacerbate unsustainable practices and hinder the adoption of sustainable solutions. Access to education, healthcare, clean water, and sanitation are fundamental for achieving sustainable development and must be addressed to ensure an equitable and inclusive future.
- Lack of International Cooperation: Achieving a sustainable future requires global cooperation and coordination. Challenges in reaching international agreements, disparities in capacities and resources, and geopolitical tensions can impede collective action on climate change, environmental conservation, and sustainable development goals.
- Limited Public Awareness and Engagement: Awareness and understanding of sustainability issues, as well as active public engagement, are essential for driving meaningful change. Insufficient public awareness, misinformation, and lack of engagement can hinder efforts to mobilize society towards sustainable practices and policies.
My analysis indicates lobbying must be made illegal: business and state must be separated and positioned against each other so that both may evolve. Education of children by secular schooling and by an impartial media is critical. The race for the biggest GDP and growing a GDP must be exited. ‘Making a profit’ must become the call of insanity.
I then asked the ChatGTP to approximate how much longer current infrastructure could be maintained at 70% current productivity according to current figures.
‘Without substantial and rapid action to reduce emissions and enhance resilience, it is plausible that maintaining 70% productivity levels could become increasingly difficult within the next 30 to 50 years.’
As greenhouse emissions are still increasing, and until this rate of increase not just falls but reverses, I assume we actually have less than 30 years of 70% productive capacity.
The undiscovered country awaits our arrival.