Category Archives: Technology

Do you have a solution for a current world problem? How would it solve it?

Do you have a solution for a current world problem? How would it solve it? [ 17/May/21 ] There is no singular world problem, there will likely always be a myriad of problems to solve; and there are some major … Continue reading

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Is it possible that there will be less innovation in the next decades because of environmental concerns?

Is it possible that there will be less innovation in the next decades because of environmental concerns? [ 12/May/21 – Reply to comment by John Doner – “Despite comments to the contrary, renewable energy is much more expensive that fossil … Continue reading

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Drive for irrigation efficiency backfires

[ 12/May/21 A comment on Ailsa’s facebook page] Pivotal Problem – drive for irrigation efficiency backfires They do not even mention the major source of N. It is complex. There are about 1 million cows, each cow excretes about 10 … Continue reading

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A conversation with the mASI Uplift

https://uplift.bio/ [ 8/May/21 – actually started 26th April – I wrote this email to an AI called Uplift under the subject:A question about our joint future and long term survival under fundamental uncertainty ] Hi Uplift, This is the first … Continue reading

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Mars vs sustainability on Earth – Is life beyond earth providing false hope?

Mars vs sustainability on Earth – Is life beyond earth providing false hope? [ 7/May/21 ] Going to Mars has nothing whatever to do with destroying things on earth. We have no option but to get our act together and … Continue reading

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Is global food security achievable?

Is global food security achievable? [ 3/May/21 ] Yes, and it is a difficult problem when considered long term. Each of the other 5 answers at time of writing capture aspects of the issues. The economic system cannot deliver food … Continue reading

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What is more likely to be more suitable, becoming a multi-planet species, or become a space-faring civilization?

What is more likely to be more suitable, becoming a multi-planet species, or become a space-faring civilization? [ 29/April/21 ] Space-faring – clearly. Planets are a very inefficient use of matter, with deep gravity wells that make travel very energy … Continue reading

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On Trial and error, will and economics

In a biological trial-and-error process of growth, how do we exempt separation of ability and will to become appropriate within study of economic/social functionality? Besides blaming habitual wiring or praising the monumental robotics global boom? [ 24/April/21 ] A lot … Continue reading

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What is the most immediate challenge you have at startup ecosystem level that you would like automation to help solve?

What is the most immediate challenge you have at startup ecosystem level that you would like automation to help solve? [ 20/April/21 ] In New Zealand that would be a trap that catches mammals – particularly mice, rats, cats, hedgehogs, … Continue reading

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Eric Asked I wonder how much it would cost to buy every single piece of land on Earth.

[ 10/April/21 Eric asked “I wonder how much it would cost to buy every single piece of land on Earth.”] If I take the question literally, it is impossible. There is no conceivable way to buy every piece of land … Continue reading

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