This sounds fascinating to me. Are you working on 'synthetic photosyntheis'
or biomass gasification? Can humankind and robot-kind produce enough fuel to
power civilization? Is there a theoretical limit on what can be gleaned from
solar radiation and converted to hydrogen or hydrocarbon?
In a message dated 6/9/00 11:05:11 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< Emlyn, what I'm working on are food production methods that are driven by
direct solar energy rather than any sort of oxidation process, whether it be
the burning of fossil fuel, alcohol, or glucose (in human or animal
muscles). I don't see any point in burning petroleum when there are so many
other and more interesting uses for it. Nor do I see any reason to do more
work than necessary. (When I say direct use of solar energy, I mean the
storage of solar energy via photosynthesis.)
I don't buy the theory that population has driven the invention of new
technologies of food production, though population pressure has surely
driven the spread of technology. Starving people don't typically invent new
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