the next three weeks will simply be full out work. there is the mushroom farm, a presentation for interplanetary make space stuff for the Santa fe institute, and the packaging of another location in Arizona. would all this have been better in one spot? sure…but for whatever reason, that is not how it is playing out in real life. what has come forth is a very clear focus on what the three elements do, and how they work together.
I sat here yesterday and had to giggle a bit as all the research and work for the past 30 years…will actually be used in a better way – to help people. it is a nice feeling, yet, I have to ask, “do people really want help? or do they want to live their lives just getting by with what is considered the norm and never ask questions.
it is like the article I read in London with uber not having their license renewed. I wasn’t surprised, as that is the one city where just to get a cab license, a grueling process of street memorization has to happen. I also have a personal liking of the cabs in London, so much so, that if I actually liked driving, it would make a spacious and nice car to ride around in.
but, like the regulated industries of taxi’s and such, uber did disrupt the world with the model that worked for many years, by making it more efficient. what they probably didn’t bargain on is that until the world of autonomous vehicles comes along, the service needs people to make it work. these people are taking some revenue from the other people who went through the taxi licensing course and well, “we can’t have that!”
while the politicians are making a case about quality of service and the protection of riders, me thinks there are far bigger powers behinds the scenes blocking the newer technologies from happening. perhaps the change is too fast, and/or the idea of autonomous driving with an artificial intelligence feed that can tap into the massive traffic camera grids and find the fastest way for the entire system to operate – scares people.
personally, it doesn't really bother me, as I have an odd suspicion that I will be on one way or another heading out into nature, and/or this loose vision of what the lab will look like is firming up more. the latter is because I don't see make spaces or universities really being able to fill all my wants and needs. I also see the political side of not for profits seeming to be a runaway train of sport where people line up to the money trough of giveaways and grants and consume them, with little thought of actual profit, loss, and sustainability of the idea – sans more handouts.
I think the one area that got me most excited was the ability to 3d print in metals now. that means in 5-10 years, all the tools I have, which I confess – bashing out a prototype or idea is still faster with hand tools – but when you come to the technical side where you really can go from a sketch to a WYSIWYG product – is pretty amazing what one will be able to construct in their home or garage. while I like the idea of plasma cutting and welding, the beauty of 3d printing metals will open up an entirely new world for design and engineering.
today I get to clean, organize, write and build. hopefully tomorrow will be design, create, build….build…build. but alas, the problem I am having trouble with is much like the uber problem in London – it is all the people.
god is trying to have me go from complete self-sufficiency to working with larger teams. the issue I have with larger teams in this particular market is that somehow “work” is a dirty word. people don’t have any idea how much of it goes into a startup once you get past your pretty presentation and pitch.
I just realized in 30 years, we will have robots to really help us with all the work details.
what exactly will humans do with all that time?