Re: Genetic transition to posthumanism

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Mon May 21 2001 - 08:38:54 MDT

>From: "Robert J. Bradbury" <>

>>CurtAdams (my own favorite neoluddite wrote):

>> Organisms with complex macrostructural construction abilities
>> have rather slow doubling times. If you want to look at a house-
>> builder, the appropriate model is a tree, with doubling times in
>> years or decades.

>Bamboo actually grows *quite* fast. I think it can reach 3-4
>meter heights in a month or two. The question you have to ask
>is *why* are the doubling times that long? Is it an energy
>limitation? Is it an essential nutrient limitation? Is it
>a water limitation? etc. One of the things that humans are
>good at is mass-transport. Figure out what the limiting elements
>are in the growth equation and supply them in sufficient abundance
>to work around the problem. You could even connect your natural
>gas pipeline to a conversion unit that pumped out ATP in abundance
>for the house-seeds so they can grow in the dark! Yes, I know it
>makes it more expensive, but presumably after your house is
>finished growing, it can manufacture natural gas and pump
>it back into the pipeline, so you only need a short term loan.

Actually some species of bamboo can grow 24" in a day. (Google)

It would be a relatively simple matter for a tanker truck to lay
out a network of pipes across the ground and pump the appropriate
nanite/material/fuel slurry into the ground.

A better model might be fungi, which establish the mycelium first,
then produce the large mushroom structure literally overnight.

What exactly is a house? If all you need essentialy is a waterproof
outer shell of considerable strength to start, this is easy.

At least one type of construction consists of inflating a
hemispherical balloon on site and spraying it with a latex modified
concrete, viola! A high strength waterproof shell in a single day.
Now use the sale basic technique but spray it with a carbonaceous
nanite mixture and you would have a transparent diamonoid shell of
the appropriate diameter in a single day.

Easily fashioned into a Buckminster Fuller skybreak dwelling.


Extropy Institute,
Adler Planetarium
Life Extension Foundation,
National Rifle Association,, 1.800.672.3888
Ameritech Data Center Chicago, IL, Local 134 I.B.E.W

That's "same" basic technique.....

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