posted on May, 12 2020 @ 06:07 PM
Rapid Deployment of Decentralized Systems
The foundation for rapid deployment is based on 3d printers, almost out of necessity. However, costs are examined within the confines of roughly 2
stimulus payments totalling $2,400us. It is also important to note that due to the nature of the decentralized framework, costs become less as more
nodes are deployed. However, this is not necessarily taken into account in this post. Another important note is that the same platforms that enable 3d
printing of plastics can *also* be used for CNC type work and general milling/subtractive manufacturing. Actually accomplishing this is a bit beyond
the scope of this post though.
The first stage is to deliver 3d printing platforms to each individual community (depending on time & resource constraints) and then use that printer
to build further items.. both for initial deployment and continued manufacturing. This would also require the design and dissemination of the files
necessary, which can be done any way from thingiverse.com to torrents.
The next phase would be delivering the basic requirements for decentralized power needs, however, items like brackets (easily overlooked, yet
important items) can be printed. This is not necessarily a one-size-fits-all list, but would include solar, wind, and hydro for power generation
alongside batteries for storage. The goal would not be to meet total power needs of a given area, but to supplement existing infrastructure as well as
provide enough for general necessary items. Alongside this would be sending out things like LED strips en masse (cheap, ultra effective products).
Items like refrigeration would be difficult to cover, but other electrical needs (like oxygen machines, CPAPs, general monitors) would only require
relatively basic systems. Items like modern LED TVs use surprisingly little power, and would be relatively easily powered.
After that would be hydroponics and aquaponics systems, with the latter providing proteins in the form of aquatic livestock (like Tilapia, prawns,
etc.), general crops, and medicines in the forms of things like green tea. Again, the idea wouldnt be a full shift of the food supply, but a
supplemental decentralized system that is extraordinarily difficult to disrupt. It enables us to move essentials like food more easily from one area
to another, should the need arise. A knowledge base would likely be necessary here, which could be accomplished through everything from focused
message boards to ebooks sent out with the systems.
It probably would be prudent to initially focus on delivering these systems to the individuals & families with the highest levels of
knowledge/experience in a given area, with a continuing focus on improving ease of use and accessibility while continuing to add nodes. If we look at
using ~$1,000us on the power system, ~$1,000us on the hydro/aquaponics, and ~$500 on the printers, we can actually accomplish a great deal more than
many might imagine. That isnt even considering leveraging the capability of the nodes to proliferate themselves. And, it is delivered in the form of
actual tools that can be used to further maintain stability and meeting of basic needs even if traditional infrastructure begins to fail. While
also building a framework that can easily cover areas that struggle without the need for widespread, national networks or systems.
One of the biggest strengths is that it is imminently scalable and in many ways, self-proliferating. Meaning, it is not necessarily required to
establish a node in every single household. I would think that doing an efficiency analysis according to population density would be the best way to
start, then actual manufacturing capability, then growth from there.
This would still likely require cooperation and participation from people and organizations who can bring large amounts of resources to bear,
particularly when it comes to items like batteries and pumps (for hydro/aquaponics). They might not necessarily have any motivation to do this beyong
helping people, which.. might be a problem. However, once enough nodes are established in the "home" region/nation, excess capability can be used to
send it to other places worldwide.
It is not entirely without its downsides or drawbacks either, but my hope is that a post like this might inspire others to start thinking along the
lines of how we might preemptively address many of these issues before they become insurmountable problems. Everything can be done through private
industry, or with government involvement. But the biggest requirement would be actual participation and action from the population at large, instead
of just worrying and talking about that worry, with regards to the possibility of hard times.