As the automation and robotics revolution grows closer each passing day, futurists and innovation experts are thinking about future jobs. As inefficient industries and jobs get dissolved or absorbed by automation, many new future jobs will appear. Jobs like…you guessed it… atmospheric water harvester.
Atmospheric water harvesting happens all the time in the natural world. Plants, animals and insects have evolved very clever ways to collect minute amounts of condensed water over large surface areas. However, humans are just now beginning to think seriously about this as a viable resource for fresh water.
During the day, Sal Salis can become extremely hot and dry. However, just like any other desert region, at night the temperature drops and the air can become quite moist.
Each morning, as I stepped out of my tent, I found several kangaroos licking the thin layer of fresh morning dew from the wooden boardwalk outside. It had been over a year since rain had fallen at Sal Salis, and yet these ingenious creatures had discovered a way to get the fresh water they needed to survive. This made me consider the future of water and how we could harvest it from the surrounding atmosphere.
Consider this, only 2% of the world’s water is fresh. As climate change begins to shift weather patterns, we will need solutions to the inevitable water shortages that will arise in the near future. Could this become a huge industry? Absolutly. We could see small atmospheric water harvesting family businesses, hydroponic farms in desert regions and water startups in the developing world.
Anyone concerned about automation should relax. The future will be filled with amazing jobs. Just not the ones you expect.
For more ideas on future jobs take a look at 162 Future Jobs by futurist Thomas Frey.
85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet.
783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.
6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.
“Water for irrigation and food production constitutes one of the greatest pressures on freshwater resources. Agriculture accounts for around 70 percent of global freshwater withdrawals, even up to 90 percent in some fast-growing economies.” UN WATER
“Agua de Niebla de Canarias S.L. is a spanish company dedicated to the development and implamentation of systems to collect water from the mist.