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  1. Cute but this is gimmickry, useful but not too serious nor farsighted.
    This entirely misses the point of Fabricatory Depth, how resilient is the bootstrap/relaunch of the whole process?

    This kind of posting is enjoyable but a bit “lightweight” whereas more significant questions seem conspicuously absent from Accelerating Future, LessWrong and SIAI websites:

    What is True Intelligence?
    What Would A Transhuman Do?

  2. The possibility of ending all poverty by creating self-sustaining template for eco-villages is gimmickry? In the magical MNT-free, AGI-free future that all SL3 and below people seem to believe in, that would be just the thing.

  3. The possibility of ending all poverty

    Unfortunately this is formally impossible, not for materialistic/technological reasons but because people crave for social preeminence, if everybody is “equal” everybody is miserable no matter how comfortable, comfort is not happiness.

    Not to say that a bit more comfort would not be needed especially for the most destitute but “ending all poverty” was the communist agenda and they actually ended up with the Nomenklatura. :-(

  4. “Poverty” means not having enough for basic needs like hygiene, food, etc. It has a definition, it’s not a nebulous thing.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty

    lrn 2 Wikipedia

  5. lrn 2 Wikipedia

    Ah! Wikipedia is a good reference for Poverty but not for Nomenklatura, I learnt something. :-D

  6. I agree with the importance of fabricatory depth. I’ve written about analysis of industrial schemes using graph theory here:

    http://szabo.best.vwh.net/nano.musings.html

    As for the Global Village Construction Set, it looks pretty cool, but beware of hype. These “self-replicating” cutters, 3D printers, and the like aren’t actually anywhere close to being fully self-replicating, and as hobbyist tools they tend to be extremely labor intensive to build.

    These “village” machines also tend to produce schlock. For example, good bricks require certain molecular structures, commonly found in certain kinds of clay. Those bricks made from common dirt will likely melt away in the first big rain or fall apart in the first earthquake.

    I am glad that there are some people working on this kind of frontier-village technology. Technology that can be made from scratch in a small economy has an important future niche: bootstrapping space development. But on our current planet this kind of technology will fall far short of being competitive with our modern technology with its highly elaborated division of labor, for reasons I explain here:

    http://unenumerated.blogspot.com/2009/04/polynesians-vs-adam-smith.html

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