Debate: Accelerate or Recycle?

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Debate: Accelerate or Recycle?

Sep 27, 2023·

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This is a debate I wrote while practicing debate writing for school exams. I find that it reflects my views on the topic, so I decided to share it here.

Topic: "Should technology companies prioritize developing advanced energy solutions like micro-nuclear reactors over environmental initiatives like recycling and reforestation

Good morning respected principal, esteemed judges, worthy opponents and my fellow friends. I stand here before you because I have the honor of presenting my position that tech companies should prioritize developing advanced solutions and technology rather than contribute measly to the status quo. I do not speak to diminish the importance of initiatives like reforestation but to point out that technology companies are unique in that they have the right mix of opportunity, incentives and talent to build moonshots like nuclear reactors for powering data centers.

I would like to start by pointing out that nuclear energy is one of the only viable alternatives to fossil fuels: solar is too unreliable, especially in countries with colder weather, hydroelectricity is expensive to utilize, and wind is unpredictable. Only nuclear can offer that kind of scale. Plus, technology companies have the right incentives - to reduce data center costs and look environmental-friendly so it's also great for PR! They also have some of the brightest minds in the world working for them. That talent must be put to good use - for the betterment of humanity. To ensure our continued existence on and beyond Earth. We owe it to our future generations. As a wise man said - "We do not inherit the planet from our ancestors, we borrow it from future generations"

Nesodes. humanity didn't get this far by not taking risks and merely focusing on the short-term impacts. We decoded the human genome, went to the moon and came back, invented the internet, connected the world and we did this because we had the audacity and vision to do more - to dream big and then make those dreams come true. It would be a real shame if lost that spirit of ours and decided to settle here.

"When you've had success for too long, you lose the desire to take risks". Let's not lose that desire. We must reflect and re-adjust our course as we go, but we must not stop.

Thank you.