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    The human species is rapidly and indisputably moving towards the technological singularity. The cadence of the flow of information and innovation in...

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    What happened to nature?
    How to stay in touch with our biological origins in a world devoid of nature? The majestic nature that once inspired poets, painters and...
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    i am desperate to find participants from the arts, design, architecture etc. communities. please let me know, should you know what "human culture" is and should you be interested to participate in the event! you may meet well-known engineers, scientists and scholars for brainstorming and discussions. thank you.

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    Wed, Feb 24, 2010  Permanent link

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    ... think about this one: the Fukushima Daiichi reactors will be a pain for some time from now on. Time horizon realistically is 300 years or so... we will be "famous" like bronze age or iron age... not sure what they will call us in the future... "uranium mess age"?

    (1) You could have left the reactors alone after the tsunami, and the 3 nuclear fission cores + some spent fuel pools would have melted down... deep deep down into the ground. Leaving some traces of radioactivity in the groundwater until they have gone beyond. Radioactivity would have been mostly shielded by the surrounding rock formation. Cooled by surrounding soil and rock, it would eventually slow down and cease to be hot in hundreds of years. Capping the holes would heve been relatively easy... We (mankind) do not intend to live underground, do we?

    (2) You could extend any bad thing on the timescale, if you wish. Some people like that (sado, maso, piercing, extended life expectancy of man, etc). You could heavily cool the reactors with water, slow down the unavoidable meltdown, such that everything happens near the surface. The water is, of course, a mess with radioactivity and will have to be cleaned or disposed of. The water treatment shifts the problem, all on the earth's surface where we all want to live, from water to the ion-exchanger or precipitates. The radioactivity doesn't go away, we simply juggle it around amongst us! Now that waste will have to find its final storage! How about deep deep down into the ground?

    Difference between the two is, how long it takes, how much it hurts, how many workers get slowly irradiated to their "legal limits"...

    Wasn't there a Japanese island named "Sado"?
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    (Homo superstes, prae-construction)

    "Homo sapiens" (the "wise man" or "knowing man") seems to follow the destiny of mold, yeast or lemmings. Population growth is strictly exponential since WW2, and therefore, no real difference of sapiens vs. non-sapiens. Did you ever see your aquarium overgrow with algae? Did you leave toast bread in its plastic bag unattended? Look at humans in that sense... There is always an abrupt end to all this.

    Why on earth have we got brains? To pass school exams? To earn money? To start a family? Or, to control our species' long-term future?

    Biological population control is considered un-ethical. Medicine and pharmaceutical companies have changed the world of H.sapiens. They pay salaries, they make profits. For years! Ethics is a good propellant... However, they will not be able to avoid the unavoidable.

    I would, therefore call everybody to think about this. How to combine ethics and short-term thinking with giving a real chance to Homo sapiens. We have 200,000 years behind us, I wish to have a future... I wish a survival time for Homo sapiens of another 800,000 years... Cheers!
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    in the future, engineering will abandon workshops, screws and nuts, no clean room facilities, or no printing machines needed. no company or worker will assemble items of our everyday life. ... like an embry develops, like clouds appear and change shape, like soap bubbles are formed... by self assembly, every product will grow and magically appear. all the good things in life will turn up like that! effortless, no need to pay or long for it....

    but which laws and rules will decide what happens? how to steer the self-assembly?

    where is the ethics of self-assembly? or self-destruction?
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    ...this is some of the slides of a talk as given at FRIAS (University of Freiburg, Germany)
    on February 3rd, 2010 by Andreas Manz

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