Right now, I have a wall of ideas with regards to how the parts and pieces of various projects can come together. It reminds me of a depth chart for a team, but in a spatial array. My question is where to do all this, as the reality of a fully mobile skunkworks is viable, but only for those government and private sector groups with deep pockets. The other part is that a portion of what we are working within agrowspace either requires a giant warehouse or a remote site to build and test the new home/village idea
It is all good, and the more I refine and chip away at the ideas, there is a path that is opening up where we can get some economies of scale with cross-pollination. The good news is that the core area we are working in with controlled environments allows for a wide berth in uses. The other problem I have is that in the world of maker spaces, I think there is one in the USA that really has it right.
I just started rambling about my disappointment in maker spaces in academia, public, and private markets in the USA. yesterday I sent an article about robots in agriculture to a friend who got a new tractor for their school. “if you can also teach these skills, coding, robotics, etc.…you will have some amazing foundations for the kids to grow with.” mind you, just 100 years ago, about 50 out of 100 people worked in agriculture. I think that number might be one in a hundred today and the amount of food produced is much higher
When I look out to the size of the united states, myself included. We simply have made it easy and convenient to eat a lot of crap that is processed and loaded with sugar and chemicals. I have been following lab-grown meats and eggs for a while, and while I love the idea, I really can’t say the end product is all that much healthier than a lot of the processed foods we currently eat.
Years ago, I had a futurist image of people all lining up for a feeding station. It was a formulated gruel where people who were not super-rich would plug into a feeding port and ingest a slurry of sorts. Just engineered nutrition, which is excellent for a bit. The rich of the planet were the only ones that could afford controlled environments to grow their own natural vegetables and meats raised inside their own controlled nature domes.
One might laugh, but when you look at the great pacific plastic patch, how the world’s population is burgeoning, and our pollution levels will simply get worse. It isn’t far-fetched that man can someday destroy the ecosystem of the planet by thinking he is somehow smarter than mother nature. Of course, man will always lose, but the ego will allow us to believe we can win.
So that is my sad reality for how future urban centers with high population densities might go. To control the people, be it democratic, socialist, or communist – those in power will bastardize whatever power structure they can and the programming and control of the masses will have them either in a state of fear, or I wager in the USA – people will think they are “free” but the reality is they are so wrapped up in an ambient “entertainment UI” that they are more like Wall-E characters
Sorry, I wish I was more optimistic about the planet, but today I am not. It has to sit and look at where we are with augmanity with humans, and I shake my head. A lot of what man needs, he either is ignoring or considers himself too busy to do. Basics. Fundamentals. We seem to have lost them.
It didn’t matter what level of sport we played. It always started with dull and boring fundamentals. Each day you did them and practiced them.
I think perhaps that is the problem with the united states today. We have allowed our technology to supersede common sense and the fundamental reality of life in a free country. Today – we have a few people with a great deal of power allowing the masses to point their finger at each other with a blame game.
who, and how many are looking in the mirror each day – to do the basic fundamentals of being human?