Sunday, August 23, 2015

Research for #1 Forecast Assignment Your Forecast and why?: Growing cars!!

A)  A copy of the article / resource / link / book title, author, chapter etc….  

The "how it works" - about growing the car from 6 seeds

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Part B: Your analysis of the article in regards to its impact of the future. 
"Growing" and then regrowing our replacement cars from melting and reforming the car we had before, even in our own garages.  Because of my biology background this rings so true to how I think this is the best way to build things in the future. This is a sustainable design that works like the way snails build their shells, everything can be reused.  Changing the way we go from whittling down something into growing something from just the materials needed, using natural processes that have been around for Millions of years makes perfect sense to me.  To me this "feels like magic".  I want to see this in my lifetime!

(*Not something to stress about. Be casual and yourself.  What is it, and why are you excited / interested / horrified/ inspired / uncomfortable / depressed about this idea....)

C) - The Bullet Answers:

1)    The global impact, national impact, and local / personal impact. 

Much better use of resources and seeing there is 0% waste - this way everyone can have a car, afford a car, and upgrade their car when their life needs change.  You don't even need to buy different tires for the different seasons, just re-grow the tires into the traits you need.

2)    Forecast the range of impact over the short term (the next 2 months to 2 years), to the long term (next 20 years to 20 + decades).
In the next 20+ years it is really going to be fun to not only have a car but one that fits your needs exactly.  

3)  What could you do, or could be done to create the greatest positive impact on the future.”
Affordability, the end of obsolete parts and repairs, no waste, no heating, beating or treating.

4) “What could you do, or could be done to create the greatest negative impact on the future.”
The known unknowns - it's built in a natural process but still involves coding DNA.  And what if we have some crummy engineering where the needs do not come together in the safest design? 

5)    “Which region of the future” does this related closest most to or does this fit in between – or perhaps a region of the future you’d like to define for yourself.

b)      Pose questions / concepts / feedback you are looking for.
What else could we  / should we be growing instead of building?
Where do you see the problems in this because I just find it so exciting it is hard for me to see the drawbacks?
How far along in the future do you see this happening?  Do you ever see this happening?

c)      Review others and find at least 2 to comment on.

Respond to 2 other classmates questions.  "Free research" and cheaper than a textbook.

The research by my friend Garth Johnson has really changed my expectations about what "recycling" really means and what I expect now of how we will build things that last with a little more cultural context and re-context. Recycling Sucks! The History of Creative Reuse: Garth Johnson at TEDxEureka

Song that popped in my head while working on our class lecture

1 comment:

  1. I'll try to answer your questions, Abbi!

    What else could we / should we be growing instead of building?

    How about smaller technologies? Cookware, storage, appliances.
    Bio-garbage/compost bags would be amazing.

    Where do you see the problems in this because I just find it so exciting it is hard for me to see the drawbacks?

    Biotechnology cannot be accessible to the poor, I believe. Or it's another thing that would require people to go into debt. I think this because of the highly specialized knowledge required to create and implement these, and that they would probably be sold as a luxury.

    Also, I tend to have a knee-jerk reluctance to any kind of "sustainable" vehicle. Cars permit urban sprawl and encourage commuting, which requires vast amounts of infrastructure in the form of pavement and concrete that fragments habitats and divides ecosystems and isolates communities. Plus, cars are only a necessity of a rushed, scheduled lifestyle. Also, I bet they would still create roadkill.

    The transportation innovation that excites me the most is the wooden bicycle.

    How far along in the future do you see this happening? Do you ever see this happening?

    No idea. Probably not anytime soon. (Considering how profitable cars with planned obsolescence are, do you think the system would let a bio-car exist?)

    If the narrative of progress/invention and the current division of labor continue to exist, perhaps they will finish this someday, and maybe even soon.


Just keeping things on the up and up since this is for my students to communicate first.