Quite a grandiose headline for today’s essay, isn’t it?
But I didn’t come up with the idea myself. It’s actually from a 2017 essay by the renowned cognitive scientist Steven Pinker.
This essay would later go on to form the opening of his latest book: Enlightenment Now.
So, what does Pinker believe is “the ultimate purpose of life, mind, and human striving”?
Get ready for it…
The fight against entropy.
When it’s put in such plain terms, it’s not quite so exciting, is it? But, as Pinker argues, this is the main purpose of life.
According to Pinker, the second law of thermodynamics is the single most important concept that people should get their head around. It was the subject of that essay I mentioned earlier.
Edge.org regularly asks renowned thinkers and scientists to write an essay, to answer the question: which scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?
Pinker’s essay was about the second law of thermodynamics. If you’re not familiar with this law, here’s a short explanation:
The second law of thermodynamics states the total entropy of an isolated system can never decrease over time.
In short, things fall apart.
Why is this so important? Because it means that out entire existence depends on fighting this entropy.
As Pinker says (emphasis mine):
The Second Law defines the ultimate purpose of life, mind, and human striving: to deploy energy and information to fight back the tide of entropy and carve out refuges of beneficial order. An underappreciation of the inherent tendency toward disorder, and a failure to appreciate the precious niches of order we carve out, are a major source of human folly.
As I have written about before, how much energy humanity can harvest is what defines its progress.
In fact, it’s not just humanity’s progress that is defined by this, it’s how we would define the progress of any alien species, too.
That’s what the Kardashev civilisation scale is all about. As a short explainer:
A type I civilisation can harness all the energy from its own planet. We are not quite at that level yet. Carl Sagan puts us at a 0.7 on the scale.
A type II civilisation is able to harness all the energy from its closest star. And this doesn’t mean all the energy that is reaching the planet. It means all the energy the star produces.
A type III civilisation can harness the power of its entire galaxy.
By this point the civilisation would have mastered interstellar travel and would be able to colonise whole galaxies, using self-replicating nanobots and supermassive black holes for energy.
Stephen Hawking’s vision for humanity, realised
So, following this logic, a breakthrough in energy generation would propel humanity more than any other breakthrough.
That’s why, as I wrote yesterday, when asked what world-changing idea he would most like to see implemented by humanity, he replied:
I would like to see the development of fusion power to give an unlimited supply of clean energy and a switch to electric cars.
Nuclear fusion would become a practical power source, and would provide us with an inexhaustible supply of energy, without pollution or global warming.
I also revealed that Eoin Treacy has been tracking the development of fusion power for many years. And he recently discovered a breakthrough in the tech.
As Eoin says in his new fusion report:
On 9 March MIT energy experts found that using a special technology called a “superconductor” they could create magnetic fields far, far more powerful than anything we’ve ever been able to create before…
These superconductors are the secret to creating a working fusion reactor here on Earth.
Using these new superconductors… MIT has created a new machine…
It’s already 2,000% more powerful than ITER (the world’s largest fusion experiment) will be when – and if – it gets finished.
The test results are astonishing.
Using the Kelvin thermodynamic temperature scale, all previous fusion reactors – ITER included – were measured at 4 or less…
This new reactor measures at over 90!
What’s most remarkable, though, is that this leap forward in evolution has come from one single, tiny shift in technology.
A technology manufactured in one place… by the one company that owns the exclusive rights to it.
The small company from Austin, Texas, I mentioned earlier.
It has the exclusive patent on the ONE technology vital to the creation of fusion power, the superconductor 20 times more powerful than any other.
I told you I’d keep you updated on Eoin’s fusion report. Well, it turns out things have progressed much faster than I thought.
Eoin flew over from California earlier this week, and after talking with him, he’s agreed to release his fusion report today, exclusively to Exponential Investor readers.
This is the first time Eoin has released this information to the public. So if you’re reading this now, you have the chance to be among the first people to read it.
The potential of fusion technology is incredible, as Eoin shows in the report. From food to water to transport and space travel. Fusion will change everything – in a positive way.
It is impossible to overestimate the impact true fusion power will have on the course of human development. Taming fusion power will be our single greatest achievement in the fight against entropy.
But let’s also not forget the monetary benefits early investors could make on this world-changing tech.
Remember, as Eoin says, one small company has come up with the component that makes all this possible.
In fact, he believes the company behind this breakthrough could be about to explode in value as much as 3,000%.
Of course, in investing, nothing is guaranteed. But given the potential on offer here, it’s easy to see why Eoin has set such a high price target.
As Eoin says:
Energy will go from something scarce and monopolised to something abundant and virtually infinite…
I’m talking about a world in which energy costs virtually nothing…
Free travel… low to non-existent bills… a clean, green world…
This was Hawking’s dream.
And you have a chance to become one of the first people to start profiting from it.
If you’re at all interested in world-changing tech and how to invest in it, this is a must-read.
Until next time,
Editor, Exponential Investor