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Old 07-11-2012, 06:26 AM
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This is just something that has been on my mind lately and I wonder what your thoughts are. Just something to think about.

When you look at the history of this country there are several big things or ideas that kept our economy going. Just to name a few that come to mind:
• Railroads: Supplied tons of jobs to build, expedited shipping/trade, opened up businesses all along the routes of the rails/depots for growth. (prior to this canal systems were doing the same thing on a smaller scale)
• The entire industrial age: Steel industry, manufacturing of many things, etc (huge boost to economy)
• Auto industry drove the oil industry, etc. (thruway/highway interstate system spawned more growth)

I’m sure we could brainstorm and come up with a big list of others. My point here is what will be our next big thing? I cannot honestly think of anything, but it has to be a major paradigm shift of the way things are today. As much as we all love the internet and technology, I think it has had a detrimental influence on our economy. Americans have very little left to hold on to to compete in the global market as a leader.
Any comments or opinions?
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For most of us, we won't see it until it is here. My neighbor who is very forward thinking feels the new printers that can actually build something may make a huge impact soon. Remember all those who thought the internet was a fad?
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For most of us, we won't see it until it is here. My neighbor who is very forward thinking feels the new printers that can actually build something may make a huge impact soon. Remember all those who thought the internet was a fad?
Good thought. Amazing what they are doing to the plastic modeling industry.
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Sustainable nutrition. There is a new initaitive to feed an estimated 10 billion people global population by 2050. Dupont got onboard this week.
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The world will run out of land, fresh water and topsoil. Rest of world cannot today feed itself. Do you think it will get any better?

Today we export food. Should be a high growth business in the future. So farming and related businesses should do well.

Not sexy but bankable
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
This is just something that has been on my mind lately and I wonder what your thoughts are. Just something to think about.

When you look at the history of this country there are several big things or ideas that kept our economy going. Just to name a few that come to mind:
• Railroads: Supplied tons of jobs to build, expedited shipping/trade, opened up businesses all along the routes of the rails/depots for growth. (prior to this canal systems were doing the same thing on a smaller scale)
• The entire industrial age: Steel industry, manufacturing of many things, etc (huge boost to economy)
• Auto industry drove the oil industry, etc. (thruway/highway interstate system spawned more growth)

I’m sure we could brainstorm and come up with a big list of others. My point here is what will be our next big thing? I cannot honestly think of anything, but it has to be a major paradigm shift of the way things are today. As much as we all love the internet and technology, I think it has had a detrimental influence on our economy. Americans have very little left to hold on to to compete in the global market as a leader.
Any comments or opinions?
I find it amusing that you credit railroads and manufacturing for making the country, but think that internet and technology has a detrimental influence.

I imagine you must have been typing this post on your favorite steel bar while sitting inside your locomotive.

Name the three most successful technology companies in the world. Now tell me what country they are based in.
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Exotic woods are good business, if you have the land...

Walnut, Cherry, etc...

Also a big industry is Ewaste, recycling computers for parts, Silica, for gold, silver, etc.

http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/07/...ded-landfills/

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/b...w/14750493.cms
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Non hydrocarbon based energy source (s).

Thanks C Willlie

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Non hydrobacon based energy source (s).
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i expect the next big thing to be announced on november 6th...
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
This is just something that has been on my mind lately and I wonder what your thoughts are. Just something to think about.

When you look at the history of this country there are several big things or ideas that kept our economy going. Just to name a few that come to mind:
• Railroads: Supplied tons of jobs to build, expedited shipping/trade, opened up businesses all along the routes of the rails/depots for growth. (prior to this canal systems were doing the same thing on a smaller scale)
• The entire industrial age: Steel industry, manufacturing of many things, etc (huge boost to economy)
• Auto industry drove the oil industry, etc. (thruway/highway interstate system spawned more growth)

I’m sure we could brainstorm and come up with a big list of others. My point here is what will be our next big thing? I cannot honestly think of anything, but it has to be a major paradigm shift of the way things are today.
Any comments or opinions?
I am very surprised you never included your miltary....it's possibly your biggest business in United States.

As much as we all love the internet and technology, I think it has had a detrimental influence on our economy. Americans have very little left to hold on to to compete in the global market as a leader.
You'll never get to the front of the bus with that type of thinking.
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speaking of the industrial age that really began in the 1700's - Lets face it It really didn't atke off big time until the invention of the modern limited liability corporation in the 1860's so people could take risks without the downside of losing everything. Of course enabling laws have perhaps lead to an excess of their powers much as they did when roosevelt busted the trusts. That may happen again as reaction the tax and other empowering/enabling legislation, policies and court rulings this century.
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
speaking of the industrial age that really began in the 1700's - Lets face it It really didn't atke off big time until the invention of the modern limited liability corporation in the 1860's so people could take risks without the downside of losing everything. Of course enabling laws have perhaps lead to an excess of their powers much as they did when roosevelt busted the trusts. That may happen again as reaction the tax and other empowering/enabling legislation, policies and court rulings this century.
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320 tons of gold are used anually in Electronics,
after 5 years at the current rate is 100 Billion dollars people throw in the trash.

Just think, it took IBM almost 100 years to reach a market capitalization of 100B, plenty money laying around
to be made in the tech sector.

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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
As much as we all love the internet and technology, I think it has had a detrimental influence on our economy.

Huh?!?! The internet and all it spurned has been the last big thing!!!

I will say that I often wonder about what the "next" big thing will be.

I have three:
1. Non contemporary fuel sources (highly unlikely when you look at who runs things).
2. The new multidimensional printers -- think "replicators" and what it could mean!!!
3. Space - what we discover beyond Earth

I think the days of saying, "I remember when you had to order that part on the internet and wait for it to be delivered to you -- or worse, overpay for it at a store... now we can just "print" it here" are more near than we think.

Shoot - I'm in a web-based business... Rutttt-Roh... :D
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The railroads were built, and the industrial revolution was manned by opening the floodgates for Chinese and European immigration. We need something to employ our existing population.
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I imagine you must have been typing this post on your favorite steel bar while sitting inside your locomotive.
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The world will run out of land, fresh water and topsoil. Rest of world cannot today feed itself. Do you think it will get any better?

Today we export food. Should be a high growth business in the future. So farming and related businesses should do well.

Not sexy but bankable
the world COULD easily feed itself however the food distribution channels arent there. no shortage of land by any means.
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Agreed, this World is bigger and has plenty land to feed the World.

Is bigger than people think!!!
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