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What do you think will happen to humanity when the first working fusion reactors are developed and we become capable of producing infinite clean energy? What will it change about how we operate as a species?
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If free market is really true and not just a meme, energy would become extremely cheap and the economy of all places arround the world, specialy that of developing countries, would grow very significantly. However, there would also be unemployment in the sectors of energy, like coal thermeletrics and oil refineries. Middle Eastern countries would be specially upset. Somehow I think that, if this happened, a monopoly would possibly come out of this. And monopolies ain't good. The unemployment itself would be a very hard issue to cope with, it could increase government expenditure on welfare and so on. Last but not least, big things like this always have the power to change history. It could be the energy we'll use to fuel our rockets that will colonize the solar system, launching mankind into a new era of expansion and exploration.
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>>7809032
This.

Yeah oil is not going away anytime soon kids
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>>7809049
ah man, i hope we achieve fusion big time.
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>>7809049
You have the stupid. You can't just use electrical energy to fuel the rockets, you moron. The only way to put things in orbit is through fossil fuels.
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>>7809032
>the first working fusion reactors are developed and we become capable of producing infinite clean energy?

Hoo boy, you have a lot to learn about fusion power.

First off, fusion isn't clean. All realistic fusion approaches produce large quantities of high-activity radioactive waste. It's relatively short-lived waste, but it is a hazard nonetheless. And since the thing being turned into radioactive waste is the inner walls of the reactor, it also will require substantial maintenance and constant expense to replace.

(This is because deuterium and tritium fusion throw off absolutely absurd levels of high-energy neutron radiation. You don't really get "clean" fusion until proton-boron reactions, which are so difficult that researchers are not actually confident it is even possible to ever get energy out of it. Even the relatively clean Helium-3 reactions produce enough neutrons through side reactions that it's hardly an improvement.)
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>>7809160
LOX/LH2* would like a word with you.

*currently we get most of our H2 from natural gas, so technically it's a "fossil fuel", but if electrical energy was cheap we could afford to just electrolyze water.
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the first reactor will have an unusably low output, then next will still be experimental and take decades to refine.

SpaceX managed to succesfully land a rocket, yet we dont have space colonies yet. Shit takes time
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>>7809660
Thats what I'm talking about you Dingus

When we finally have multiple fusion reactors worldwide which can power the world, in however many decades that would take, would we be able to handle it? Can humanity handle a world where the biggest cause for worldwide conflict and struggle is now gone? Will we be able to handle the responsibility infinite energy demands?
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>>7809160
Clearly anon has never heard of the wonderful, *clean burning*, Orion Drive.
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>>7809665
Dude the biggest conflict cause isn't just energy, it's ALL resources.
(Arable) land, clean water, ore/precious metals, fuels.
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>>7809032
Every time humanity learns how to cultivate a new type of energy, it makes weapons en masse. You won't find another outcome.
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>>7809665
>a world where the biggest cause for worldwide conflict and struggle is now gone
Bull shit. Energy creates energy weapons. Blind fury doesn't create social progress, and free energy is blind fury of a very specific variety.
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>>7809672
>clean burning
This is a trait that can only exist when the thing you're talking about has actually been created and we can measure and audit the production costs.
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>>7809032
>capable of producing infinite clean energy?
Fusion still have a cost per kw/h.
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>>7809681
>Energy creates energy weapons.
Why not just manufacture regular weapons with the energy? Oh wait that would destroy your retarded argument.

>Blind fury
What's that and where the fuck did you pull this argument from?
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>>7809695
Bro, are you fucking retarded?
>Tapping on limited raw materials to maks arnaments
>Instead of the available unlimited energy
Just get out
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>>7809032
>Infinite Enegry
I'm being pedantic, but that is impossible by definition
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>>7809684
Well of course, hydrogen isotopes aren't free. But it would be the cheapest source of energy.
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