Model Essay #4
Model Expository Essay
Topic Prompt: If you could invent a few inventions to solve the world’s problems, what would you invent? In other words, what will be the most important inventions in the next 100 years?
Title: Important Inventions in the Future
We often wonder what will be invented in the future to improve our situation. Albert Einstein noted, “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” In the last 150 years, many inventions in communication, transportation, health and agriculture have solved various problems in our world and brought our entire planet closer. Specifically, the computer, cell phone, automobiles, vaccines, and improved farming techniques have made most people’s lives easier; however, problems still exist in the world. Many people lack access to clean drinking water, a pristine environment and higher education. Therefore, in the next 150 years, more inventions need to be created to improve the lives of many, and the following inventions stand out as being the most useful for our future.
One of the biggest problems needing a solution is for everyone to have access to clean water. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 6 people, or “1.1 billion persons worldwide lack access” to purified drinking water. Therefore, one of the most important and dramatic inventions will be a ‘Water Generator’, a manageable device that can quickly generate water as abundantly as splitting an atom generates energy. Whole rivers and streams could be created or replenished in an organized fashion with this eco-friendly ‘Water Generator’. Agriculture and farming would flourish, and then everyone in the world could have enough healthy food to eat. In addition, easily preventable diseases such as dysentery would be completely avoided.
Every day the land and seas are polluted, resources are over-utilized, and animals are left with fewer habitats. To overcome some of these problems, tiny but powerful ‘Solar Energy Packs’ could be invented to charge every mechanical device in businesses, homes and transportation. These small solar packs would be less polluting than regular batteries, oil or gas, because they would be rechargeable, even in cloudy weather. Cell phones, refrigerators, cars and trains would all run on ‘Solar Energy Packs’. In addition, an organic solution to pollution could be created, with ‘Pollution-Eating Bugs’ helping to clean land and sea. In fact, according to a Science Daily article from 2005, “biomediation” of oil spills may already be developing. With ‘Solar Energy Packs’ and ‘Pollution-Eating Bugs’, we can more effectively conserve resources and the environment.
In order to combat illiteracy and unemployment, a new program called ‘EduTube’ could be invented. ‘EduTube’ would be like YouTube but teachers and other students would interact with each other directly, using new styles of teleconferencing software to connect. ‘SmartTops’, a cross between a SmartPhone and a LapTop, would have libraries full of educational resources available on them. Students would no longer need to carry heavy books or travel long distances to learn. Materials would be free and accessible to everyone with a ‘SmartTop’, which would be as ubiquitous and cheap as a calculator is today. For job seekers, vocational training or learning a new skill would be easier using ‘EduTube’ and ‘SmartTops’.
In conclusion, in the future, many inventions will change our relationship with the planet, with each other, and with our own learning. With access to clean water, fresh produce, a purified environment, and education, more people will stay healthy, happy and wise. Bruce Lee once said, “The future looks extremely bright indeed, with lots of possibilities ahead -- big possibilities. Like the song says, ‘We've just begun’”.
Einstein, Albert. Quote Retrieved from http://ThinkExist.com
Lee, Bruce. Quote Retrieved from http://QuotationsBook.com
Science Daily. May 17, 2005 “A Hope For Oil Spill Bioremediation” Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/05/050517063708.htm
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Atlanta, GA. "Safe Water System: A Low-Cost Technology for Safe Drinking Water." Fact Sheet, World Water Forum 4 Update. March 2006.