preface

 

humanity today has infinite power and no destination. we need a vision. 

 

the future will not be a trillion hairless apes, each with the power of a god. but our legacy can be life.

 

to achieve that, though, we need a hard left turn. upward.

 

microbes are our children. dna is our history. we can live on, but not as apes.

 

so heres the plan.

 

we hack all genes and sequester as much carbon as possible, as quickly as possible, into living wood. make it grow faster, make it stronger, make it branch and tie itself into the others, make it compress it’s own detritus into diamond columns, dig deeper, drink seawater, use all of the sunbeam, and grow up

 

a hollow porous tube, a solar chimney creating lift, the leaves angle and channel air into a vast spiral of wind heating and rising, while the branches drop resinous fuel into the combustion chamber at the heart of the hollow tree.

 

the tree walks outward. but lets also consider the ecology. squirrels that clear and clean and prune. foxes that clear and clean the squirrels. mycellial rivers pumping water. sloths pruning in high canopy, digesting defunct limbs, crapping compressed nanotubes

soon there would be great shadowed plains under the canopy of the Tree. new darker grasses expand inside the growing ringwall where the branches meet the ground. black bison, goats, and flaming sparkle unicorns.

 

the heat builds inside the tree’s dome. breezes pushing into a resinous up draft. sucking in air from it’s entire surface, to push   up

 

and sporulate.


most of the time this hot air shield mound volcano rocket launcher is not going to be pumping anything higher than the stratosphere. but when the seeds are ready, the resins are lit, and the tree turns into a mountain of rocket fuel hung on it’s own crystal lattice that can fire pods to the moon and beyond.

 

well. first things first. step one: inocculate the moon. then maybe you do more or less the same thing over again to get into deep space. otherwise the seed pods need a secondary propulsion to really get beyond earths gravity. (but then again, why not grow seeds with space-chlorophyl and steam reaction engines. )

 

a tree just ten miles high, not even out of our atmospheric layer, a ten mile gas powered railgun

FLF first post

i’ve had a brainwave.

so i’m a small farmer, and an android geek, puttering about, thinking about my dream job. farming for google, of course.

and i started thinking about how google would actually view farming. the matrix of hunger, abundance and labor is a data distribution problem, really. so how do you bring the people to the food and vice versa?

imagine 20-50 small/tiny horticultural plots distributed across a town (or the google campus) ranging in size from a half acre down to a single plant or tree. each geotagged with data on what’s what, when to harvest, processing and cooking instructions, a record of fertilization and weeding.

make a mobile app that tells you what food is growing around you, planted by whom, maintained by whom, what food near you needs harvesting or weeding, gamify it obviously, leader boards for most food planted, most propogation, bonuses for importing new species and propogating successful plants, starting new plots, best weeder, most food given away…

make a distributed flagging/advertising system for help-needed requests, essentially food-available-for-work notices (instant 100% employment).

the app design is a massive, google-sized project, but we’d also need to start with a substantial variety of plots started. tagging local public mature fruit trees is one easy step (theres a public-park food forest in asheville that would be perfect), also community gardens, but starting a couple-few dozen tiny 5×5 plots in public parks would be the perfect way to get the ball rolling.

your standard row-crop agricultural model would perform poorly for this. what this would reward is distributed horticultural plants, perennial vegetables and herbs and food trees – permaculture essentially. plants that will take care of themselves pretty well, and give a bounty to the patient.