Artist Philip Beesley Merges Chemistry, Artificial Intelligence, and Interactivity to Create “Living” Architecture | Colossal

At the core of Beesley research is the question of whether architecture can truly be “alive,” opening the possibility for self-repairing structures or deeply responsive organic environments, where artificial intelligence exists at almost every level of design.

Source: Artist Philip Beesley Merges Chemistry, Artificial Intelligence, and Interactivity to Create “Living” Architecture | Colossal

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Viktor Schauberger: “You are moving in the wrong direction”

Everything came out of the water. Water is therefore the universal resource of every culture or the foundation of every physical and mental development. The unveiling of the water secret is the end of any kind of speculation or calculation with its excesses, which include war, hatred, envy, intolerance, and dwarfism in every form and manner. The complete exploration of water therefore literally means the end of monopolies, the end of domination, and the beginning of socialism through the development of individualism in its perfected form. In the course of the cold oxidation process, machine forces will be as good as free and therefore worthy of praise. Food, raw materials, fuels will be abundant …These quality seeds – negative ion concentrations of geosphere origin – are the actual building and buoyancy atoms. They can be produced by machine in any amount and quality from bacteriophage limit stocks (sediments and suspended matter) in the air and in the water with the help of the cycloidal curve movement (spiral) almost free of charge in a similar manner, as it standing motionless in the torrential spring water Trout with the help of its gill and body shape makes, if it only fresh spring water of geosphärischer tension through the gills.

Source: Viktor Schauberger: “You are moving in the wrong direction”, “Cars are landscape heating systems”, implosion instead of explosion «h0rusfalke

Judgement day on the nation-state – Mike Meyer – Medium

With these changes in mind it appears that the sovereign nation state that evolved to support contractual trade and development in the ages of scarcity is no longer appropriate for the age of sustainability and resource abundance that we are entering. This despite efforts to salvage the nation state economically based primarily on administrative diversity for economic growth. Politically our focus must be the planet as a unit but administratively it is more appropriate to protect diversity and respond to needs within urban regions. Our evolving social media citizenship is also as important if not more important as direct democratic communities that do not need another antiquated, representative layer. This is even more important as public services expand to avoid the uncontrollable corruption of propaganda both public and private. These services should be owned and managed at the smallest practical public administration unit but linked through public controlled regional and planetary alliances. This, incidentally, would seem to address the some aspects of the effort to maintain nation-states as the best economic environment. The issue is one of administration and regulatory consistency.

While we need to do much careful reevaluation I think the nation-state has ceased to have value that would justify its survival. With survival and sustainability as our primary operating goals and the collapse of the limited representational governmental systems tied to nation-states , there is no reason to retain this level of administration. We need more immediate public management more closely tied directly to our residents in a particular region but also more closely focused on a shared commitment to planetary maintenance. Our economic needs are transitional away from mindless growth and directly to shared allocation of resources for the good of all member communities physically located or virtually defined.

Source: Judgement day on the nation-state – Mike Meyer – Medium

Permaculture as a Gringo Movement 

As I’ve talked with different farmers, researchers, academics and others interested in alternative agriculture and ecology, the main grievance that they have with permaculture is the steep costs associated with the courses offered and the literature sold. These prohibitive costs, they argue, turn permaculture into an exclusive club that can only be enjoyed by the affluent. They have very little argument with what permaculture actually teaches or advocates for, but they find that in a region where small farmers are usually severely economically marginalized, the exclusivity of the permaculture movement is a major impediment.Most permaculture teachers offer a two week Permaculture Design Course (PDC). The running cost for most PDCs is around $2000 dollars, give or take $500. With prices like those, it´s hard to argue against the idea that permaculture is unaffordable to 90% of the world´s farmers who might be lucky to make that amount in a year of hard work.Though there are a few permaculture institutes in Central America, the agroecology movement is far better established. This movement, in comparison with permaculture courses, tends to offer courses and classes for free to local farmers. True, participants may have to settle for eating beans and tortillas three times a day instead of organic hummus and other delicacies of the First World alternative health food movement, but nonetheless, it’s free!It’s true that many of these Central American agroecology movements and organizations fund their work from grant money awarded to them by international organizations that fund development programs. Nonetheless, the money invested by 20 participants in a 2 week long permaculture design course is often equivalent to the funding for a three year agroecology project where hundreds if not thousands of Central American farmers will have access to information, agroecology courses, etc.Another problem that many Central American academics and researchers have with permaculture is the cost of books written by supposed permaculture experts. One of the most recent permaculture books to hit the market was originally priced at $75 dollars on Amazon. Other permaculture authors even sell their books by the chapter. If it weren’t for internet piracy and public libraries, the majority of books about permaculture that I wanted to read would still be on my Amazon wish list.

Source: Permaculture as a Gringo Movement | HuffPost

Thailand’s Karen women find a future in ecotourism- Nikkei Asian Review

Their company specializes in what it calls “immersive” homestays and eco-friendly tours in the women’s home villages. Gender equality is a core tenet of the company, not just in terms of employment but also in the types of interactions and experiences they offer tourists on their programs, which showcase the skills, knowledge and lifestyles of local women.

Source: Thailand’s Karen women find a future in ecotourism- Nikkei Asian Review

Income Sharing Saves Lives

Being poor,” Scalzi wrote, “is relying on people who don’t give a damn about you.”But there are groups of Americans who are turning that indifference on its head. Within the larger intentional communities movement are a growing number of egalitarian, income-sharing communities, whose members combine their wealth and income to create spaces where people make economic decisions cooperatively, rely on one another and a democratic policymaking process for security, and cease to consider finances—or their financial challenges—the responsibility of lone individuals. The financial families they create range from a half-dozen to nearly a hundred people, in locations from urban Baltimore, Portland and Washington D.C. to rural Missouri and Virginia.

Source: Capitalism Killing You? Income Sharing Could Save Our Lives