Archive | November 2012

Future earth (artist’s impression)

I thought this was amazing so I had to share:

http://www.spacetelescope.org/videos/earth_i/

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Credit:

ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen)

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Urban Planning

TED by Bjarke Ingels Group 00One of the biggest problems we face on the planet is finding the best and most efficient way of getting a city to work. Making sure the infrastructure is sound and working to its best abilities without much recourse to repairs. Now how would you set up such a city? An architect by the name of Bjarke Ingels in Copenhagen has proven that sustainable architecture with beautiful designs are very practical, very beautiful and very doable. A housing complex such as the 8 House in Copenhagen has shown its beauty and intelligent design. Read More…

Safer Cycling

ImageI came across a BBC article yesterday about getting more people to cycle and walk for short journeys. It’s all nice and great to think that. Of course it would make us healthier, extend our lifespan and protect the environment at the same time. But what are the reasons people aren’t cycling to work, school, etc? From the top comment, “I would love to cycle more but its just too dangerous. Last year in my home town a father of 4 was cycling to work when he was hit by a van. Now he’s dead. 4 kids fatherless! If he had been driving, it would likely have been a quick exchange of details and carry on with the day. We need more off road end to end cycle routes not a bit of paint down the side of the road.” This immediately reminded me of a time when I thought of traveling to work on a roller coaster. Now wouldn’t that be awesome! So I did some digging around and I came across something not too far off. A company called Shweeb aims to create a mass transit system involving cycling pods on monorails.

ImageWe have this technology and it’s cheap! And no one has taken the project seriously. This is definitely something all cities need to invest in. It’ll take many vehicles off the streets, reduce carbon emissions and best of all, it’ll promote a healthier population. Also, no need to worry about getting wet in the rain.

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Here is a promo for the Shweeb system. http://www.shweeb.com

Husky City Web Series

I have decided to do a web series of about 14 episodes all of about 3-5min long to put on YouTube. The main premise is that Husky City is a city in the future in an RBE and it shows certain everyday elements that we could encounter. The episode list  includes:  Read More…

What is a Resource Based Economy?

According to Jacque Fresco, the founder of The Venus Project, he states that an RBE “is a holistic socio-economicsystem in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. All resources become the common heritage of all of the inhabitants, not just a select few. The premise upon which this system is based is that the Earth is abundant with plentiful resource; our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival.”

In other words, it’s a system without money. Money is redundant and just chunks of metal and scrap paper. I know what you’re thinking… How would we value stuff?? How do I pay for things? What about my job?

These are questions that I can hopefully answer throughout the blog.

The first question I would ask of you is what would you do if you didn’t have to work? Sure you might stay at home and play a video game, or just sleep and recharge. But what about afterwards? Most people would go traveling, play music, take up a hobby, go into the garden, learn new things, etc. There is a fascinating video from The Royal Society of the Arts where they explain our need for “Challenge”, “Mastery” and “Purpose.” If we don’t have those goals, then it really isn’t worth doing anything. We as a species need to work to better ourselves and not to make a quick buck.

Redundancy of Most Logistics Companies and Postal Services

There was a time when I was a little kid in the early 1980’s and I remember walking in a grocery store and saw many tubes going to/from each cash register and saw the cashiers putting their money and receipts into a container and place it in a tube. They would close the hatch on the tube and then ZOOM!! The containers would fly up the tube and then across the whole ceiling to its destination. Now imagine if we did that on a grand scale. Imagine every home installed with a system (obviously with health and safety looked at) just as would any regular plumbing. And all of these tubes heading to a central depot somewhere. Each container can have a tracking chip placed in them with information such as destination and origin on it. Once they are screened at a depot, they are then sent off to their destinations. There would be no need for postmen, mailmen or drivers to transport small packets and letters anymore. Big packages could go from depot centres and screened and sent on a larger scale transport tube similar to an ET3 tube.

Imagine the possibilities with these tubes! Just in time to send your family a greeting card or small packet for the holidays.

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Welcome to Husky City, RBE.

Welcome to Husky City, Resource Based Economy (RBE).

This blog is meant to share what life could be like living in a Resource Based Economy. Eventually we aim to have a webseries on YouTube with varying topics that may arise living in an RBE.

Enjoy!

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