Category Archives: Green Tech

Jacque Fresco’s Inspiring Vision Of A Future

He may be one of the most underrated visionary design futurists of the 20th century. Born in Brooklyn New York in 1916; Jacque Fresco is a self-educated structural designer, philosopher of science, concept artist, educator urban planner and futurist. During his life Fresco, created thousands of design ideas, he holds numerous patents on architectural designs, transportation systems and medical devices. What started as an effort to match design concepts with form and function evolved in to an entire design philosophy that takes a human centered approach to industrial design and large scale social planning. Fresco has created entire city systems that are visually stunning, functional, elegant and resource efficient. His design approach extends the planning, resource usage and automated assembly systems required to implement his ideas. Although his designs are ambitious, future focused and functional some that have seen Fresco’s work consider him to be a nothing more than a utopian dreamer. Others see his work as simply too impractical, merely conceptual or simply too unrealistic to ever come to fruition. According to Fresco; “We do not believe in the erroneous notion of a utopian society. There is no such thing. Societies are always in a state of transition. We propose an alternative direction, which addresses the causes of many of our problems. There are no final frontiers for human and technological achievement.” The fact is Jacque Fresco is a big thinker, his work seeks to redesign human civilization from the ground up.

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Solazyme and the Future of Fuel

With gas prices in the US on the rise there is growing interest in alternative fuels. Solazyme a small California company may have an answer. Solazyme uses microalgae to make oil that can be refined into fuel for many different types of vehicles including jets, land vehicles and naval ships. In 2010 the US Navy conducted a power test using a 50/50 blend of Solazyme microalgae bio-fuel and NATO F76 fuel in a United States Navy Riverine Command Boat as part of the Navy’s Green Fleet effort. By taking advantage of microalgae ability to turn sugars into oil Solazyme is able to use non-food based feedstock  like switch grass, wood chips and other waste stream biomass to produce its finished fuel product. One of the advantages of microalgae bio-fuel is that much of the worlds current fossil fuel oil infrastructure can continue to be used for refining, transportation and storage. Pipelines, tanker trucks and storage tanks that store conventional oil could just as easily store microalgae bio-fuel.
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The first trillionaires will make their fortunes in space

Under our current system we treat nature as if it is a subset of our economy, we assume that we can continue to extract natural resources from the Earth, transform those resources into usable goods and return them back to the Earth in a toxic form. The reality is there are limits to this form of commerce,resources on this planet are finite, ultimately we will use up all the gold,silver, coltan, and iorn ore the Earth has to offer. However the mineral resources in space are vastly greater than those available on Earth. According to Peter Diamandis “There are twenty-trillion-dollar checks up there, waiting to be cashed.  The things we fight wars over, such as metals, minerals and real estate, exist in infinite quantities in space.”  He believes that the first trillionaires will make their fortunes in space.