energy, small tech (nanoengineering, miniaturization), computer "bodies" (automation, computer hardware, nanotech, robotics), inner systems theory (acceleration, efficiency, miniaturization, reductionism)
GE's Water-Treatment Group to Unveil Its First Major Project, Kathryn Kranhold, Wall Street Journal, 6.24.2005
[IB] General Electric has announced plans to build what will be Africa's largest seawater desalination plant in Algeria. The Hamma Water Desalination SpA will produce 53 million gallons of potable water each day, enough to supply 25% of the capital city Algiers' population. Due to relentless advances in nanotech, today desalination is a $5 billion market, growing between 10% and 15% annually, according to the WSJ.
It's very exciting to see that desalination costs have declined sharply (see this interesting piece on desalination in Israel by Dr. Pinhas Glueckstern) because of accelerated progress in desalination technologies. GE has plans to build and run water treatment plants all around the world and accordingly expects to earn 60% of its desalination revenue growth in emerging markets in the next decade. By providing a consistent, inexpensive source of drinking water for people all around the world, desalination really has the potential to increase quality of life for many individuals. One pioneering industry group that is working on the desalination solution is the International Desalination Association.