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Solving Global Pollution, Poverty and their Consequences
Scalable Portable Automated and Closable Ecosystem (SPACE)
A well-designed Closed Ecosystem (CE), like domed cities and space colonies, can solve global overpopulation and its consequences; like climate change, famine, homelessness, aimlessness, disease, death, crime, terrorism, war, etc. CEs simulate the Earth's ecosystem, but on a much smaller and more controlled scale, making built-in preventative measures easier. Building a domed city to experiment with and master is ridiculously expensive and risky, but not so with a just one house:
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SPACE 101: The SPACE House
The Scalable Portable Automated and Closable Ecosystem (SPACE) House not only provides shelter and safety, but also abundantly regenerates everything a family needs to thrive on Earth, in space and everywhere in between:
Clean Energy and Sanitation - A micro-hydrogen economy (wind, solar, hydrogen-extracting toilet, hydrogen-extracting compost system, etc.), is integrated into the house, to abundantly power the house and a car or two in all seasons. Research question: What are the best combinations and configurations to generate abundance and safety?
Organic Food - Fruits, vegetables and other useful plants and trees are planted around the house and inside a large vertical garden. Research questions: What plant-based foods are needed for optimal human health and development? What is the largest variety of tasty menus that can accomplish this on a daily and weekly basis? Can tasty meal replacement bars (astronaut food) be synthesized to achieve the same results? What are the best combinations and configurations to generate abundance and the smallest footprint possible? What kind of automated irrigation system could be used to water all of these plants? What existing forms of automated planting, sowing and harvesting technologies could be adapted for the SPACE House?
Shelter - Large 3d printers are used to build the houses to reduce construction costs and construction waste by at least 75%. Research questions: Can we develop ecofriendly compost that can be used as a building material, like ink for 3d printers? Perhaps the plastic alternative called Liquid Wood could be used as a binding agent? Can we grow building materials, other than trees and compost, which will not burn; like crystals?
Dome - Build a one acre ETFE dome over the research house to simulate the Earth's closed ecosystem. Research questions: What technologies can safely be used inside the dome to provide each of the necessities listed? Can we develop a fire suppression system that is safe, effective, efficient and will not use up all of the oxygen in the CE? Can we develop a transparent dome that is strong enough to shield the inhabitants from all forms of weather, earthquakes, outer space radiation and small meteoroid impacts?
Other Necessities - How many useful plants, and what varieties are needed to abundantly regenerate: all of the air "Scientists at the institute have developed a system that sees 1.5 cubic meters of algae produce enough oxygen for a man, weighing 70 kilograms, to survive in an enclosed space for one day." - article, medicine, cleaning supplies, tooth pastes, disinfectants, soaps and other consumables, clothes (cotton, etc.) and clean water (completely cleans grey and black water) that four ACE inhabitants will ever need?
Finally, a very detailed (step-by-step instructions with lots of pictures so that language is not a barrier) user's encyclopedia explains how to build, operate, maintain and repair all aspects of the house, even its mass-production factory. Hard and soft copies are provided to each owner.
Additionally, these buildings can be designed to include tools to encourage zero waste living, where the occupants produce little to no trash, annually.
Provides a Sound Foundation for an APP Economy
The family is the smallest unit of society. Authoritative Parenting and/or Positive Parenting (APP) techniques and principles have
proven to be the best for raising children to become model citizens. The APP Economy emulates these practices. APP parents provide each child, to the best of their ability, with everything that he or she needs to thrive - in healthy quantities and of the healthiest quality - for free. They also provide their kids with a weekly allowance to earn their wants - luxuries. The allowance is increased or decreased to help elicit desired behaviors. Think of it as a mixed economy where socialism/communism governs thrival necessities and capitalism governs luxuries, but all products and services must be eco-friendly. Empowering all families to thrive will, by extension, empower all of society to thrive.
The ultimate goal is to make one SPACE House per family absolutely free, via fully-automated mass production. Let's make them as free as possible for now, while striving for that ultimate goal!
SPACE 201 - Domed Towns and Cities, then Permanent Orbital Colonies
Once SPACE Houses prove to be valid and reliable, its technology can be scaled up to dome existing towns and cities. Once these also prove to be valid and reliable, we'll be able to populate previously uninhabitable locations, besides our growing deserts, like underwater and floating towns. We'll significantly alleviate population pressure on the planet with permanent space colonies.
SPACE 301 - Terraforming the Earth
Mastering CEs where humans can thrive will help us to transform our very own polluted Earth into a human paradise, before it becomes a dead world.
SPACE 401 - Space Exploration and Colonization
Once we master how to create and maintain a paradise for humans on the small scale with SPACE houses and ACEs, and also on the large scale with the responsible stewardship of planet Earth, we can then carry over those lessons to interstellar ships, terraforming of other planets, deep space colonies, colonies on or above other planets and beyond...
What are the advantages to developing and mastering the SPACE concept?
Elimination of Pollution and its consequences:
Everything inside CEs must not produce pollution and must be ecofriendly, and with a little extra ingenuity, we can design our CEs to avoid producing pollution outside of themselves.
Elimination of Poverty and its consequences:
CEs are completely self-sufficient since all matter, including products and services for all inhabitants, have to be completely regenerated within the CE.
Elimination of Overpopulation and its consequences:
Domed cities, space colonies, interstellar spacecraft and other tools needed for humans to migrate off-world, safely and confidently, all need CEs to function indefinitely. "Today, our global footprint is in overshoot. It would take 1.5 Earths to sustain our current population. If current trends continue, we will reach 3 Earths by the year 2050." - http://worldpopulationhistory.org/carrying-capacity/
Avoiding extinction by spreading to outer space:
The global superpowers suddenly think that it is a good idea to restart the nuclear arms race and the Cold War. All it takes is for one major disaster to wipe out all life on Earth, eliminating Humanity in the process. This is another reason why humanity should spread out to other planets.
- The newly discovered Trappist-1 star has 7 watery, Earth-sized worlds which may harbour life. This suggests that life-friendly worlds may be far more plentiful than we previously thought. CE-equipped interstellar ships will be needed to get to them.
- Rapidly reuseable rockets are being developed by SpaceX and Blue Origin. They will make the cost of getting people, businesses and other things into space very affordable and very popular, very soon.
- Mastering CEs will enable Humanity to become a responsible spacefaring civilization, meaning undreamt of resources and opportunities for exploration, discovery and expansion.
All of this translates into unlimited excellent jobs!