Why Are Homes and Autos Still Built the Old Fashioned Way? | Emerging Tech

This subject is one of those things that drives me nuts. We could build homes that stand up to hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and other natural and human-made disasters. We could build cars that are lighter and more fuel-efficient.

Like the opening for the old TV show, “The Six Million Dollar Man,” we have the technology. So why don’t we use it? The reason is that people who build homes, cars, and other things would need to be retrained — but the result would be a more sustainable and safer world. This thought was going through my head when I was being briefed by Arris Composites last week.

Arris is a small company backed by one of the more powerful VCs that figured out how to do composites at scale cheaply. Its technology could make cars safer, more fuel-efficient, and far more resistant to accidents. It could make homes nearly indestructible.

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