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Monday, October 11, 2010

Write On, Cursed Habits, The Amazon Privatize, Cyber Wars, Ear Scan

Logging for All

The Amazon has for some time now, struggled with walking the line between logging and conservation.  And while there is only one Amazon, the world’s economies have driven demand to such a point that bandits are despoiling G-ds bounty taking the financial reward for themselves, leaving only the wreckage behind.  The answer, in the past, has been to privatize.  This opens up control, manageability and introduces a more equitable dispersion of the wealth derived from the resources.  Read More

Write On Good Friends…

With the great boom of the internet, the media has come to mean anyone with a netbook and a moderate modem connection onto the information highway can participate in the trafficking of information.  What was once relegated to big media conglomerates, newspapers and officially sanctioned information sources has now become the fodder for a free people anywhere within reach.

But the tentacles of management are never far behind.  Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas, well known for his raw portrayal of injustices in his home country displays all to well the costs of guerilla journalism.  From torture to corruption independent stringers have always covered the corners of a story that aren’t fit for local television, and have recently found that with the advent of blogs, they can do so more quickly and efficiently than ever before.

This phenomenon is largely due to the development of the internet as a framwork for applications.  What before was firstly nearly impossible due to lack of simple connectivity between pages, and secondly extremely difficult due to the complexity of web development, has become a packaged boxed product where anyone with an idea for a  username and password can setup a blog in minutes, sans programming.  We say, write on good friends, write on.  

CNN - Blogging

Old Habits Die Hard

Habits are dead remnants, carcasses of life. So be sure and mingle new lessons and forms into your life if you want to be forever young !

Thoughts Die Hard

A New World Order

Paolo Soeri’s Arcosanti

Ecocities, those green pasteurs of postmodern living, are the latest in technological midwivery.  The concept being, we can save the earth by wedding technology directly to micro-managing our lives and eventually our very organisms, through H+.  What began in Brave New World, continued through THX 1138 and landed eventually in Arcosanti, masdar city and PlanIT Valley is the realization of this idea, this need to tackle our expansion and consumption problem.

A view of the arcosanti cafe

In Arizona, USA, we have Arcosanti, an urban eco city based on the “Arcology (architecture and ecology)” philosophy of Paolo Soleri, located about 70 miles north of phoenix, that while only a model, attempts to actualize the theory behind urban sustainability.  A key feature being it’s beehive like living quarters where might residents take up housing nestled together in a space-friendly manner.  Everything else one needs, is just downstairs -like living in a mall with it’s own garden if memory serves.  The site has been in development since 1970 and is actually quite neat, aside from my disdain for the proposed living quarters. 

UAE/Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City

Masdar City

Soon to follow, Masdar’s masdar city, an eco energy cluster which again is an uber planned community with a focus on sustainability.  Admist the UAEs recent financial fiascos not drastically unlike ours here, the push for nation states the world over is to shift towards sustainable development as the next innovation, the internet or realestate boom of the 21st century, if you will.  The government of Abu Dhabi is therefore investing directly into building a new Palm City of sorts hedging on the what’s admittedly best for all, while vying for a leadership position in the future of energy development.  Two birds with one stone on this front.  The inhabitants have already moved into the community, though it’s not slated for completion until around 2020.  Masdar City will have universities and innovation centers onsite, a true Silicon Valley made of vegan cheese and tofurkey.

PlanIT Valley

Planned view of PlanIT Valley

Jumping ahead of either of these two, straight from Portugal, is PlanIT Valley, an eco urbia with all the technology you shake a tweet at.  Executive Steve Lewis of Living PlanIT has great ambitions for Europe’s new Silicon Valley. Set for completion around 2015, PlanIT Valley is hoping to have all the eco sustainability of solar panels and grass covered homes with the added benefit of 24 hour all encompassing CCTV surveillance for the safety of it’s inhabitants.  That makes PlanIT especially frightening.  What makes it interesting is it’s model: it is designed using the human body as a framework.  The city has a brain, a nervous system, a stomach and of course, eyes and ears.  A central computer controlling everything from water usage to energy consumption, a stomach which thrives on its own waste and even a set of kidneys to divert water from tanks in need from those with excess.  And the Petabytes of information and heat from processing all the data from the millions of sensors required to manage the city?  It will be used to heat buildings and manage climate.  Did we mention the weather will be monitored and managed to ensure complete control?  What happens when the system catches Rhinovirus, or worse yet, someone develops AIDS (not saying we think that happened or anything.

Chew on that for a while.  The ideas are exciting and frightening all at the same time when you realize that we are ruining our food supply.