Humans eventually learnt the art of using controlled nuclear fission reaction to generate electricity. There is a problem with this is, the materials like Uranium and Plutonium are very scarce on earth and hence not a lot of energy is produced form fission technology.

Whereas, the raw material needed for “NUCLEAR FUSION REACTION” is Deuterium (which is a form of Hydrogen) is abundantly available in natural water, but for the fusion reaction to happen the temperature of power(10, 7) is needed to attain plasma state. The problem here is: there is can be no container which can withstand such high temperatures. So the concept of ā€œmagnetic bottleā€ came up, which will hold the plasma. Humans have been able able to successfully attain controlled nuclear fusion, but are able to sustain it for just few seconds, making it commercially unviable. There is a lot of research going on to make the technology commercially viable.

The major effort is being carried/funded by consortium of several countries (US, EU, India, China, Japan, South Korea etc.) at International Thermonuclear Experimental ReactorĀ located in France.

It is expected that the technology will be become commercially viable from 2035 -40. And all the participating countries will get the technology for free. And by the way, the technology is safer than current fission based nuclear reactors, as in case there is a leakage, the material will come out of plasma state.

Gradually after the discovery of the Oil in middle east countries (and also Russia to some extent), dictators seized power and took control of all oil resources. In order to maintain their hold on power, they provided all kind freebies to people. In Arab, due to abundance of petro-dollars, the people literally stopped working and all the work was done by workers from foreign countries. Starting from cleaners, plumbers to project managers all are foreigners. We all know the money they spend in extravagance. Even the women in Saudi donā€™t cook anymore, women from countries like say Sri Lanka do the work. To further cement the power, the rulers maintained close relations with Ulema (mullah, mufti etc.) and also started spending a big chunk of money on terrorism.

Lets see what will happen after the petro-dollars stop:

  1. They wont be able to hire workers from foreign countries. And by now they have lost the habit of working and hence the society will find it extremely difficult to sustain itself.
  2. Many countries are sponsoring multiple terrorist groups. For e.g. Iran is funding Hezbollah. Once the money reduces/vanishes, they will turn against their ā€œdictatorial sponsorsā€ just as Osama Bin Laden turned against US. US had the might to destroy Osama, but without oil these countries wont be able to defeat those groups and lose power to such groups.
  3. All dictators will vanish, but we cant say if the society will transition to democracy or not.
  4. Today, Ulemas, madrassas etc. are funded by petro-dollars. Once that stops, the Ulemas will start turning against their sponsors and this may turn out to be a big crisis for Islam.
  5. I know many Arab men have extravagant sex (Hyderabad has become such a hub for Mutta marriages). Once oil money reduces, you never know, rapes will sky rocket in Arab society.

How will world look like after the advent of this technology?

  1. Though building reactors will be costly, there is abundant amount of deuterium in natural water, making electricity ultra-cheap. Entire energy requirements of the world starting from industries, vehicles, space stations etc. will be met from this technology.
  2. With the improvement of battery technology and this cheap source of electricity, people will shun using fossil fuels.
  3. Colonialization of space will accelerate.
  4. Drinking water situation will improve, as extracting drinking water from sea will become viable.
  5. The Hydrogen cells will be cheap and big vehicles like buses, trains, ships and trucks will run using green Hydrogen (generated using this technology).

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