The Venus Project – Making us all redundant

“Beyond politics, poverty and war” is their slogan and their vision is truly wonderful. No more money! No more work! The end of our modern “slavery”.

“The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know in order to achieve a sustainable new world civilization. It calls for a straightforward redesign of our culture in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but as totally unacceptable. Anything less will result in a continuation of the same catalog of problems inherent in today’s world.”

As far as any massive change in thinking a full revolution is required to get the masses onboard. This one makes absolute sense. Since becoming aware of this I can say it has been difficult accepting certain things that we consider normal.

Environmentally we have been warned that the future is bleak if we don’t take action. We have made massive strides in technology that show we can sustainably build advanced civil infrastructure. In theory we are able to address our power consumption requirements through geothermal, wind, solar, and tidal energy sources.

DEATH TO THE STATUS QUO

Ever feel like this life is a steady plummet into Dystopia? How the F**** can Trump or Clinton be revered as powerful decision makers in this world?

The Monetary system is broken –  I am forced to work, just as you are. I quite enjoy the work I do, but truly, I would prefer to spend my time in other ways, or at least diversely. Don’t get me started on the unstable economic system that feels like I am competing with “the house” at a prominent Vegas Casino.

Status Quo:  “Buy” land; acquire a house; pay for education; get a job. Then save for your death; only to set your children up for the same traps. It’s sad that the best part of our lives are spent in offices, on telephones, in front of computers, on-site, clipping the ticket, punching in and punching out. So that we can potentially have enough to live until the age of 75. Hopefully enjoy 5 years “retirement”. Then the  decline to death as we conserve our life savings in order to survive. Heaven forbid we have taken care of our health, we might live too long!

HOW WONDERFUL

Wouldn’t it be great if the system was designed to free us up to enjoy life. I have never wanted to be made redundant more in my life! I don’t shy away from work, but I want to see the fruits of my labour, for everyone! By using technology to build a life of abundance; a true collaboration of society is possible. No rat races. Would you not work willingly towards building UTOPIA.

I would work for “free”(not for money) knowing I was actually free (of slavery)

It seems a million miles away, and it probably is. But asking the right questions and investing in small steps towards a better world is something we can all do. Lets hope it gains momentum.

LET’S BUILD IT

Before we can enjoy Utopia, it has to be built. It takes artisans and technicians to achieve this. I would love to be part of the solution. Rejigging our education system to incorporate our future planning could make us all knowledgeable in how to achieve it.

How will 3D printing affect the construction industry?

3D-printing – it’s being used to fabricate almost anything. Furniture, car parts, guns and even replacement organs.

So why not explore its use in the construction industry?

Firstly, 3D printing is considerably more eco-friendly than current traditional construction methods. The materials and processes used mean less waste during the build phase, and the ability to recycle + re-use them for new uses. The ink, made from construction waste such as concrete, fiberglass and sand, is also flexible, self-insulating, and resistant to strong earthquakes.

Then there’s the reduced build-time. Chinese company WinSun claims to have taken just 24 hours to produce 10 3D printed homes. Learn more at http://www.yhbm.com/index.php?siteid=3

Whilst wrapping your head around that, even more impressive is NASA’s plan to use 3D printing in it’s extra-terrestrial explorations.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/news/releases/2015/piece-by-piece-nasa-team-moves-closer-to-building-a-3-d-printed-rocket-engine.html

And yet, like with any advancements made, there are always some potential disadvantages.

  • Will there be reduced employee numbers in the industry, since the 3D printer does most of the work?
  • Transportation – getting the printers for large in situ components to and from the site,
  • Storage of the printer on site,
  • Higher risks – any errors in the digital model can result in problematic issues on site during the printing/construction phase,
  • Would conventional product manufacturing companies and plant renting companies suffer, as their products are no longer required?

Regardless, construction sites will soon feature more technology. 3D-printing, robots and drones – that’s what’s heading our way soon. To build more economically. To build faster. To build with better quality.

Revolutionary and innovative. This is certainly exciting to think about and we will be investigating this more – stay tuned!

Find out more about how 3D-printing will affect your industry:
http://betterbusinesses.co.nz/how-will-3d-printing-change-your-workplace/

Streets Ahead: making roads out of recycled plastic

We’re all well aware of the almost taboo consumption of plastic. But whilst we dutifully take the bottles, tubs, and packaging out to be collected each week, how many of us put thought into our recyclable waste’s journey from there on?

According to recyling.co.nz, “NZ is way behind the rest of the western world in waste management. … It is likely that only 50% of what you think is being recycled is actually recycled.
“Compared to other developed countries, NZ has a vague and scattered approach to achieving zero-waste status.”

So what can be done to combat our waste plastic problems?
One interesting innovation making waves in the past year has been the concept of plastic roads. Dutch firm VolkerWessels has unveiled plans to repurpose used plastic by fabricating roading.
As well as the obvious positive environmental impact this would have, there are other benefits:

  • better withstand extreme temperature
  • prefabrication, essentially meaning less construction time
  • can allow for better drainage as well as better configuration for electrical wires
  • lessen reliance on carbon-intensive asphalt production

Whilst only a concept at this stage, Rotterdam, Holland is considering a trial.

I was truly shocked when reading the statistics on New Zealand’s plastic waste. In 2006, we sent 3.156 million tonnes of waste to landfills (Ministry for the Environment (MFE, 2007)). Whilst there has been some improvements to reduce this amount, projections show that the annual amount of waste disposed to landfills will reach 3 million tonnes of waste within the next 10 years.

It’s time we marry the ‘number 8 wire’ mentality with our ‘clean green’ image and consider innovative ways of reusing our plastics. With increased infrastructure construction a big part of NZ’s future, repurposing plastics into roading achieves just that.

 

If you would like to learn more about where your recycling waste goes, or tips on how to reduce such waste, visit www.recycle.co.nz

http://en.volkerwessels.com/en/projects/detail/plasticroad