The World in 50 Years: Global Community

2007 ,    »  -   8 Comments
Ratings: 6.19/10 from 81 users.
The World in 50 Years: Global Community

The world's oil reserves are severely and irreparably depleted. The ensuing debacle inspires a militarized rift between the United States and China. The world stands on the precipice of war. The only factor standing in the way of catastrophic global conflict are a pair of scientists - one from each of the two warring nations - who race against the clock to realize the full capabilities of their latest discovery, and thus put an end to the ongoing energy crisis.

The setup might read like the latest Hollywood disaster movie, but the logic behind it is anything but. A highly informed peek into the future utilizing both dramatic narrative and fact-based scientific research, The World in 50 Years: Global Community follows these scientists as they desperately pursue a sustainable energy alternative. The result is both academic and exhilarating.

We already witness the growing paranoia of the Earth's dwindling energy resources today. In the next five decades, this crisis will become even more pronounced and will drive an increasingly urgent call for solutions that are clean and limitless. In anticipation of this inevitable dilemma, scientists and researchers are currently investing significant time and dollars in harvesting the potential of one such source: the sun.

The film contains insights from the top figures in the scientific field, and introduces us to several of the real-life researchers who are currently working toward a future where solar energy powers the world. The biggest drawback to their efforts involves the logistics of travelling and working in space. In response to this challenge, teams of space scientists are developing revolutionary nano-particle technologies which will allow them to easily transfer materials into orbit, and absorb usable energy from the sun's endless supply in a consistently cost-effective and efficient manner.

Their work could cause a seismic shift in improving geopolitical relations, world economies, our daily way of life, and the sustainability of our planet. The third episode of a highly acclaimed series, The World in 50 Years: Global Community is a gripping reminder of the dangers that lie in waiting, and the creative solutions which may ultimately serve as our salvation.

8 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Christian Petersen

    'What is the greatest challenge in the future'? (Energy to fuel cities and cars)

    I guess the following is nothing compared to keeping the lax life style of today;

    * Overpopulation
    * Ecological devastation
    * Clean drinking water

    Hell no, lets focus on luxuries, and in the pursuit for that it doesn't matter that we are screwing up the planet /palms!

  2. dan

    10 billion people and little oil means everyone will huddle in the tropics and the entire population of the world will live like the poor in india....

  3. DR Branicap

    It is nice to see that Russia does not egsist in the future.Nation with largest reserves of anything .and most sophisticated space program has vanished.bla bla bla...
    world population will stabi;ize on 9 bilion people and no we we they( will not live like poor in India...

  4. CarimboHanky

    i just hate this type of documentaries that try to show how things would playout in the future when we dont even know how stuff would playout a week from today, let a lone 50 years into the future.

    at the end of the day there are bigger issues than energy, like drinking water, food and contamination.

    people are turning this place into a wasteland!

  5. Todd

    Terrible Negativity to control the masses through fear. Total Garbage!

  6. Pro

    So ..
    18% of sun's insolation is little?
    No it's not efficient, but think...

    1 million km2(the surface area of for example of Egypt) would produce at a power output
    of 230 teraWatts, for a total of at least 800.000 terawatthours per year, or more than 3 times the current global energy requirements of the world.

    While having a solar cell with 60% efficiency is desirable ,nothing stops us from beginning tapping into the solar output if it was matter of life and death. Of course it would be expensive and it would be a long process probably lasting one or two decades, but so what?

    Efficient batteries are also needed having the capacity and output equal about to oil or ~10 kWhrs/kgr; it would be a pity to only store 1/3 of the energy output of our inefficient solar cells, but we would more than survive.

    Plus we lose too much by using inefficient transport means. A regular car reservoir(gasoline) contains about 500 kwhrs and is good for about 600-900 km. A 85 kwhrs battery in an electric car is good for 400 km. There is just no comparison. Burning oil is inefficient as hell; it's just that we have a ready infrastructure that it took more than 100 years to be built and it was surely much more expensive to build than the poor solar cells that we have to build in order to bring down our dependence on oil to less than 10%.

    Plus having 8 billions to move just doesn't mean we have to produce 8 billion vehicles , because this is what we do right now. If we turned to sun and were more reasonable on the transportation front we would reduce our current energy consumption(~140.000 teraWhrs) by at least 50.000 terawatt hours.

    So, while research is good it is not needed to address an independence from oil , but extend it to thousands of years into the future. A solar cell with 60% efficiency and a battery with oil energy density would allow us to spend 10 times more energy and still have more to burn.

    It's good to propagandize and indoctrinate the masses by making beautiful documentaries but the thing is , there's another change, coming of the progress of the civilization that creates foci within the population able to reject such preposterous claims(energy crisis, difficult research and so on.. yeah whatever you say doc!)

  7. Jay

    They have an energy crisis but they order coffee up to a space station like its pizza on the corner.... and the guy looks pissed that it cant happen lol

  8. jimu

    Unlimited non-polluting source of energy as depicted is what our planet requires. I hope scientists successfully discover the above and soon.

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