Last week, 6 convoys of semi automated trucks drove from their bases to the Rotterdam Harbour. The vehicles were from Europe’s DAF, Daimler, Iveco, MAN, Scania and Volvo. This great feat was established by a lead vehicle which was driven by a human who determined the speed and direction of the convoy. His truck was connected to the others via WiFi which enabled them to travel at a consistent speed which the organisers believe will reduce road congestion. This will eventually revolutionise the logistic industry as many goods are transported via road.
Again last week Elon Musk’s SpaceX who has been aiming to cut the cost for space travel using reusable rockets successfully sent a rocket to space, dispatched a cargo ship to the international space station and came back and landed on a platform drone in the atlantic. This will be the first step towards cheaper and faster turn around of space travel making simple things like fuelling and stocking space stations easier.
Just two days ago Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking & Mark Zuckerberg announced that they are banding together to develop a probe of sorts to capture images of Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to earth. A feat that was meant to take a few lifetime has now been theorised to be completed in 20 years.
Other inventions close to home include this amazing water bottle that pulls moisture from the air and purifies it into clean, drinking water. The Life Straw a water filter that will allow you to drink water from almost any source.
The point of this post was not to highlight the month in technology, but to touch on the journey of human discovery. When humans evolved or made from clay or landed on earth we were so involved with us, here and now. It’s still prevalent, people still fight over borders, race, religion, colour and opinion. What we have forgotten is that we are dust in the universe. There are bigger things out there, to utilise human time, energy and resources. Instead we still are wrapped in a world of consumerism, selfishness and materialism things that are stagnant and not progressive. Which reminds me of one of my favourite quotes:
Once we realise that everything changes, only then will we learn to let go.
Once humans have physically evolved, we need to mentally evolve. Letting go of our materialistic and selfish ways and focus on expanding on our consciousness. I feel the world’s leaders are still stuck in World War 2 era where everything changed, the world changed. Enemies and allies were made and to avoid such a catastrophe mankind is losing the purpose in all the invasion, killings, agendas and policies. Despite all of this, there are a few people who are moving forward. Pushing the boundary of human discovery and consciousness.
Once the generation of old has passed, the new will make this world shine again. I only wish I could live long enough to see such a world.