Rather than a single ‘technological solution’…what about an entire technological (economy) sector…? We already have seen the proffering of a Green New Deal (at least among liberal members of the House of Reps). What better time to see this new deal through…?
Surely, saving the planet (for humans and other living things) AND creating jobs for millions (ala the WPA and CCC of the FDR era) would serve as a great motivation for millions…millions who are aching for clear and decisive leadership on a way forward – post COVD-190 and continuing Climate Disruption.
So, for me the ‘motivation prize’ would be something like:
How can we implement the idea of a ‘Green Tech Revolution’ to stimulate a new Economy post COVID-19? What ideas, policies and technologies (whether primary or supporting) can be leveraged to expand, scale-up and/or accelerate our transition to a Green Economy and simultaneously provide decent jobs for millions?
Something like that. We already have technologies to address many of our present concerns about the economy and the climate…the real questions is how do we use these to create a sustainable and stable path forward?