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America's 21st Century New Deal

I would like to pose the question of what might a contemporary version of FDR's New Deal. So, a New Deal, for you and me in the internet age. What public works projects would help our country for the next century? My thoughts immediately turn to concepts like massive solar farms (could they work in deserts!?) wind farms, high speed rail, a smarter electrical grid, etc. In a world of 3D Printing what is possible for the infrastructure of a world superpower (and the world too!)

I want people to consider a point too, in how we design infrastructure: The Romans built aqueducts more than 1500 years ago, they can still transport fresh water to people today. Why do we build disposable infrastructure? Is it worth it to save a penny here, as opposed to investing in future safety, stability, and prosperity.

Post your ideas, think outside the box please! No pessimism, just ideas please.


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  • Jun 12 2013: Whats with all the hate on TED? Not useful.

    Let me shift the concept from what seems like a Pro v. Con debate on the New Deal of the 1930's, and instead discuss what can be done to improve our infrastructure. What should our goals be regarding energy? How could 3D printing change the way we perceive industry? Please stop arguing like small children and if you don't like what someone else says just ignore it. So, this is no longer a New Deal question but a question of improvement of our country, something that interests us all. If you'd like to post any good TED talks on the subject please do.

    I did not post this so I could watch people tear each other down; Grow up.
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      Jun 13 2013: You can go in and edit the thread intro if you like, since it is your thread, if you want to shift the focus.

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