Ya never know, right?
Before I even begin, I wanted to say that I know there are a lot of scared people out there. Remaining calm, while cliche, is critical. But..
Sometimes our own mind can run away from us. Talk about it with someone. I am personally looking at this all as an opportunity to show how "good"
humanity can be, *starting with myself* and knowing well that there will be some that go in the other direction. I feel that even those that are
deeply suspicious of everything right now, will find some value in this post. I also ask for a bit of patience in the areas I indulge myself a little.
This will likely be the last thing I do pertaining to this project.
Also, for anyone that might be aware of my posts: You thought they were long before? Prepare to be amazed!! The most relevant parts are probably 3d
printing, CNC, and the automated aquaponics. It was all designed together though, and I believe it could all be beneficial.
For quite a few years, I worked extremely hard on a suite of technology. The goal of this suite was to use modern technology to enable every household
to be largely self-sufficient. Im putting aside the whole "why would governments/corporations want that?!" question (its a good one, but as per usual,
this post is already gonna be long). Do note, this will be a US-centric perspective.
Years before that, I was a typical super-idealistic teen, also just known as a teen. Making a long story short, my dad sat me down and asked "its
great that you care about these things, but can you provide the actual tools to achieve what you want? And, do it in a way that appeals to as many as
possible, regardless of ideology? Because the approach you are taking now is more likely to result in little more than philosophical banter."
Of course, at that age.. I recoiled at the notion that I may not know everything, or that there might be better ways to go about "stuff." Funny, in
hindsight, and one of my most influential, poignant memories of my father.
So, thats what I did. Like so many, I just want to make my family proud whether they are still here or not.
The tools to achieve a lot of this werent available at the time I started all this. And, I ended up getting sick. All my ideas started to have much
more personal relevance. "Self-sufficiency," is easy to look at as a pipe dream when you need to rely on others for even simple tasks like grocery
If ya couldn't tell, Im struggling to figure out where to really begin on this.. Bluntly and openly, this is my lifes work. "Passionate" doesnt even
begin to cover how I feel, and I wanted to show that someone with my health conditions still has value. Meaning. A source of pride, not a burden. And
yet, when it comes down to it, I failed. Thats a personal problem though, but like I said: Blunt and open. So, theres a bit of context for the
As of now, the concept involves using automation, additive & subtractive in-home manufacturing, and implementing extensive decentralization while
retaining connectivity. My creative foundation was taking inspiration from living beings and applying it to a house. So, there is a CNS, lungs, brain,
etc. The analogies dont always work though
Manufacturing has been a growing issue for quite some time, but has certainly been an even hotter topic recently. I believe we are still looking at
this in terms that are, essentially, obsolete. In the traditional manufacturing sense, we cant compete with a nation like China. Significantly less
concern for worker safety, lower standards, lower pay, population, and more, make it a fools errand.
Historically, "decentralized" has been entirely synonymous with "distant," "disconnected," and "disparate." Many still view it through this paradigm,
despite daily use of some technology that changes what it can actually mean in reality: stability as well as rapid progress. Concepts that can
frequently be mutually exclusive, even on that very technology (the internet, btw).
However, with modern technology like 3d printers and even CNC (much more similar than many realize.. One adds material, the other subtracts), we have
an opportunity to not only return large segments of manufacturing, but do it in a way that is incredibly difficult to disrupt, enables fast
progress/change in any circumstances, and in my opinion, provides a platform for Americans to bring their ideas to life easily and with their own
agency, directly. We can even design manufacturing platforms that you can put a "3d print head" on, or a "CNC head," depending on what is being
The total project was what I called the LV (Living Vehicle). I chose this because the multiple relevant meanings amuses me (lol..). It was a 1400sqft,
2 story mobile structure. The second floor would use a hydraulically driven pop up roof in the same vein as typical RV popouts. The total estimated
cost, including labor, was ~$75k for a fully furnished home with all of the technology suite and even a killer home theater. I feel that is a very
impressive number, personally, for literally everything.
The issue is that tools like 3d printers are still a bit difficult to use. Kind of like the first printing press versus a modern ink printer. It is
also mostly dealing in plastics, even though the base technology can be scaled and modified to print everything from concrete to sintered metals.
However, if we were to truly focus on this as a way to fundamentally approach manufacturing, the pouring in of additional resources and ideas would
undoubtedly jump progress on something like metal printing accessibility and ease of use quite dramatically.
If we were to already have this in place, something like a ventilator shortage would be handled simply by asking Americans to "take these files, print
these parts." It would also completely cover everything from "cheap plastic crap" to high grade medical prints. As it stands, advanced printing is
still mostly in its infancy and what does exist isnt exactly accessible for the average person.
The next aspect was food. Aquaponics and hydroponics, much like 3d printing, has never been easier to get into from both a price perspective and a
learning perspective. However, it can also take a certain amount of knowledge to actually succeed, as well as continuous effort and focus dedicated to
the process. Its easIER than ever, but still not easy.
It takes a typical aquaponics system (basically.. raising fish in the water the plants grow in), and uses automated monitoring systems to watch
everything from water & nutrient levels and deliver/address whatever is needed in real time. You would essentially choose what crops/fish you were
growing through the interface (more on that later) and the system would handle everything else. The final plan was to *also* automate the harvest
process, but thats a real tricky one.
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