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Sustainametrics

I had to go looking for this, but it should be easier to find since we are getting closer to this. In order to separate concept space from the rest of the world, this is sustainametrics. Rather than guess if something is sustainable we want a ledger that says if something is going to continue working or not.

here is my original email about this topic long ago. It is the beginning of a definition about what sustainable *is*.
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Haiku

Timeline

This is a very tentative timeline, I don't know if anything listed here will happen but I do agree a timeline is an excellent way to convey information.

Jan 2006
Development: Move to Costa Rica and purchase 20+ acres. Extend a qualified invitation for researchers after constructing living space. Purchase a personal fabricator. (Total cost estimated to be under 100k)
Research: Work on Software and engineering projects. Practice building prototypes.

July 2006
Political:Infiltrate Costa Rican politics.
Development: Deploy renewable energy systems, hopefully integrating tesla pumps.Modular housing construction, create several iterations of modular housing. Extend functionality of fabricator, start using it to make extensions to itself.
Research: Start mapping out development space, train neural networks ond Genetic Algorithms to invent computer model variations of inventions. Include chemical compound manufacturing in function space. Begin mapping resource consumption and other components of sustainability metric.

2007
Politics: Promote Terran Nation, a loose federation of affiliated communities with a common accord.
Development: Start doing subdivisions, with rapid development of modular housing available. Create modular housing community with proceeds. Implement a modular contained community as a showcase for Costa Rican citizens.
Research: Sustainability metric models based on contained communities. Leverage political connections internationally.Automated currency trading. Internet Currency.

2008
Political: Infiltrate island nations that are members of Intl Seabed Authority. Internet currency.
Development: Deploy Community Fab, Perfect Recycling, Renewable Energy in contained communities. Begin fast track software development training and production.
Research: Sustainability Metric revisions. Start modeling 'sustainable systems'. Ocean Current power generation. Computational Intelligence. Personal sub/boat/aircraft. Currency integration to sustainable systems. Chemical Element commodity market.

2010
Development: Contained Community in island nations. Propose economic development of Seabed with island sponsorship.
Research: Nanotech, Underwater modular city, Zero Fuel cargo ships, Genetic Algorithm cell computing, Fab licensing with automated payment. Link to internet currency and element commodity market.
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This is a very tentative timeline, I don't know if anything listed here will happen but I do agree a timeline is an excellent way to convey information.

Jan 2006
Development: Move to Costa Rica and purchase 20+ acres. Extend a qualified invitation for researchers after constructing living space. Purchase a personal fabricator. (Total cost estimated to be under 100k)
Research: Work on Software and engineering projects. Practice building prototypes.

July 2006
Political:Infiltrate Costa Rican politics.
Development: Deploy renewable energy systems, hopefully integrating tesla pumps.Modular housing construction, create several iterations of modular housing. Extend functionality of fabricator, start using it to make extensions to itself.
Research: Start mapping out development space, train neural networks ond Genetic Algorithms to invent computer model variations of inventions. Include chemical compound manufacturing in function space. Begin mapping resource consumption and other components of sustainability metric.

2007
Politics: Promote Terran Nation, a loose federation of affiliated communities with a common accord.
Development: Start doing subdivisions, with rapid development of modular housing available. Create modular housing community with proceeds. Implement a modular contained community as a showcase for Costa Rican citizens.
Research: Sustainability metric models based on contained communities. Leverage political connections internationally.Automated currency trading. Internet Currency.

2008
Political: Infiltrate island nations that are members of Intl Seabed Authority. Internet currency.
Development: Deploy Community Fab, Perfect Recycling, Renewable Energy in contained communities. Begin fast track software development training and production.
Research: Sustainability Metric revisions. Start modeling 'sustainable systems'. Ocean Current power generation. Computational Intelligence. Personal sub/boat/aircraft. Currency integration to sustainable systems. Chemical Element commodity market.

2010
Development: Contained Community in island nations. Propose economic development of Seabed with island sponsorship.
Research: Nanotech, Underwater modular city, Zero Fuel cargo ships, Genetic Algorithm cell computing, Fab licensing with automated payment. Link to internet currency and element commodity market. <omitted: politics, world system>

2015
Politics: UN test should have completed successfully. Leverage Seabed Authority to space projects. "Terran Nation" UN membership process.
Development: Underwater cities worldwide
Research: Magnetic space rail. <omitted: world defense>

2020
Politics: begin offering licensing to "world powers" complete with accounting and sustainability metric as a package deal *only*.
Development: Underseas, Space
Research: Nanotech, replicating fab.

2030
Moon (power and building supplies) and Mars (plants animals etc) colonies, Asteroid mining.

By 2010 Local communities may start offering renovation through modular cities, but it is unlikely. Negotiations would also be strange if we couldn't enforce an "all or nothing package". I don't want them to take the fruits of our labor to perpetuate their unsustainable lifestyles.
By 2020 the peak oil problem should be clear to everyone. The Social Security System will either be overhauled or going through death throes. The Terran Nation may have UN membership, there should be millions of citizens worldwide with dual citizenships. Without outside assistance, island nations will either be sunk, or sinking soon due to global warming.

The Terran Nation will be a template for independent groups to start their community. For small communities this isn't a major concern, but larger ones (over 200 member I think) start needing more mature systems in place. Another benefit is resources and knowledge of the other communities, which is defined as n(n-1) where 'n' is the number of communities. There is much benefit to a legal framework, and the ability to travel between communities with some basic guidelines (like printed rules). We don't really *need* the Terran Nation, but we do need the ability to create independent communities.

One of the very important things to consider is the time we currently spend in research and development of a product, and then deployment in the marketplace, channels of distribution, importing and transporation of product, support contracts, retail inventory, warranties, etc. With rapid prototyping, computer aided design and distributed microproduction, that process can easily go from 5 years to less than 5 days. Unrealistic? Your toothbrush may have been made from this method, using two neural networks comparing designs. (Oral B using CAI)

I apologize for the omissions in descriptions, but I'm not prepared to announce some things until a group has reviewed their necessity and implications.
Haiku

Microproduction changes everything...

FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop-From Personal Computers to Personal
Fabrication
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0465027458/qid=1115364677/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/103-8343462-0529455?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

I said that Microproduction would solve many inequalities of economics, and destroys most
of the problems with inventory and retail. The defeat of Walmart is within reach.

A quote from the amazon review:
"What if you could design a bicycle on your computer and e-mail the file to a friend
halfway across the globe, who could then "print" it out of solid materials and ride it?
This scenario is not only possible some day in the future, it can be done right now."

For a complete cycle, we need the ability to recycle anything, create our own plastics
out of raw plants, and energy to run it all. I would also like a cryptographically secure
way to distribute schematics and collect royalties.

We don't need 100 stores for a city, just a few fab machines, recycling and resource
gathering. Trade in your old cell phone for a new cell phone. The real shortages are rare
elements. Element 39, Yttrium is used in (some) TV manufacturing, Element 21 Scandium is
used in other TVs, Element 31 Gallium is used in cell phones. By using less rare elements
and more standardized parts, Personal Fabs make a big leap forward in design and
sustainability.

Our "footprint" will more directly parallel total consumption, and having lower footprint
devices and lifestyles will be obviously beneficial. On one hand we can have tons of
plastic gizmos, on the other it won't really affect much. More and more we move toward a
closed system.
Haiku

Places to Intervene in a System

This website seems sporadically up. If you can't find it there, you can find it here. http://www.wholeearthmag.com/ArticleBin/109.html

This is really "how to make change" and it comes from the discipline I admire greatly, systems science. This is also an interesting primer to systems theory, most of the lingo is explained well with very clear examples including bath tubs and rivers.
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Sepharoth

Constructive Fiction

Here is a story I wrote this morning. It needs names and a few parts filled in. The message for the parts is written in [braces]

This story includes some New Atlantis elements, and exists in a 'Future History'. It needs editing, commentary, review, and... city names. Placeholders exist to fill in later, please forgive my laziness. The main character's name is intentionally obscured for most of the story, but he does need a name too.

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Manifesto

"Those of who are normal, average, regular people, you are blessed. Blessed not for your average ability, but rather the fact that this world is created for you, caters to you, and meets your expectations. The minor disturbances in your life are all normal, expected reactions. The concept that these experiences may be a roller coaster following guided rails does not disturb you.

"Mingled among you, passing close but very far away, are people who understand complexity and appreciate subtlety. This world of simplistic ideals is an anathema to us. The blatant system of control appalls us, but we cannot overcome it. We resist, quietly, or try to convince the rest of you that something IS wrong, that there is more depth to reality than what you see on TV. In trying to uncover this second reality, some of us obsess over inconsistencies, things that are out of place. You do not listen, because these are minor flaws with, I'm certain, an obvious explanation.

"We exceptional people, the people who don't fit in this society and are exempted from being truly a part of it, are going to leave you. We will do so quietly, picking up some things, selling others, and leave this place behind. We leave you to your tax returns and evening news, your shallow movies, shallow conversations. We leave these to you because they are made for you, but not by you. You are in a cage you cannot see, and we are not going to wait for you to realize that cage any longer. We have waited beside you and tried to guide you, but now we leave, and make a place of our own.

"Borders do not matter, political alliances do not matter, corporate affiliates do not matter. Events do not matter. What matters are consequences and the way that we live, our motivation and reasons for existence that some of you find by praying or distracted from by avarice, we find by living. We cannot live as you do. Your invisible cage is a burning symbol of repression to us, we cannot thrive in a place that restrains us so. We seek what is beyond this horizon, and we shall make our world anew, without your controls, hidden allegiances, grievances and annoyances."

How does one build a cell of a new civilization?

Have been reading bits and pieces about genetic algorithms, the game of life, and then I got to thinning about cell based organizations. Then I thought about NA.

I thought - hmmm, those espionage orgs are very robust, and very dynamic - like life - distributed.

So the question that comes to mind is ... why not think about engineering a cell?

A seed - a group of tens of people, say 24. This cell could be designed according to all the notions of what NA could and would be, do, etc. and then it could be modeled.

Just a random thought from a brain after mid-terms.