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Critical Path (english)
01 Dec 2003
Overlooked by most so-called "economists", the very notion of creating more "jobs" is antithetical to an economy that becomes increasingly efficient and automated....
The industrial economy has been trending toward jobless growth since the first machine was built.

Overlooked by most so-called "economists", the very notion of creating more "jobs" is antithetical to an economy that becomes increasingly efficient and automated.

R. Buckminster Fuller and others have known this for decades, as described very well in CRITICAL PATH (1980).

The question is how to reprogram "our" fraudulant and dysfunctional monetary system to adjust to the realities of jobless and sustainable growth - at least till the Earth's human population becomes stable, healthy and adjusted to ecological realities.

Is there a system that's simpler and more efficient than Time-Energy Accounting?

- Jon Chance

Robot, Build Thyself

And when you finish that, build some more of you. Go ahead, fill a whole desert valley. And then produce unlimited energy while eliminating the greenhouse effect. Okay? Thanks.

By Thomas Bass

DISCOVER Vol. 16 No. 10 | October 1995 | Technology

According to the vision of Klaus Lackner and Christopher Wendt, a few short decades from now the desert chaparral of what was once the White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico will be transformed into a strange new world.

For hundreds of miles in every direction the alkali flats will be covered with a blinking array of solar panels. These might look familiar enough, but not the little suitcase-size robots scurrying among the panels on a grid of white ceramic tracks.

The robots, called auxons (from the Greek auxein, to grow), are designed for specialized tasks. Digger auxons scrape an inch of dirt off the desert floor. Transport auxons carry the dirt to a beehive of electrified ovens. Out of these ovens, which work at superhigh temperatures, come useful metals, like iron and aluminum, or the silicon required for making computer chips. Production auxons shape these materials into machine parts and solar panels. Assembly auxons fit them into place. Then the process begins all over again as a new batch of self-replicating automatons rolls into the desert to scoop up another load of dirt....

************* - Lenny Bruce for President. - TEA. - R. Buckminster Fuller.

http://Cinetopia.Net - Rola Cola, Notes from Earth, October Suprise. - The Debt-Money Virus.

http://www.AWEA.Org - Prosperity, Not War & Pollution.

http://Treasurynet.Org - Time + Energy = Wealth.
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