Welcome to 2020. As each day goes forward this becomes more so the case than it is today. December 31st 1949 is closer to 1985 babies and the weirdest thing about kids today: most of them will live to see the 2100s. Time is a weird thing when you think deeply about it.
ClimaCell is a Boston based company with 100 employees thats using hyper local internet of things data to determine true weather compared to our standard iOS Weather application that is often misleading much like I see in Florida saying rain and thunderstorms on days where it's sunny with no precipitation. So Climacell is a new service that is a spin off of the idea that I've discussed using hyper local data from users to update what the weather is similar to how Waze uses data from it's users to determine traffic jams, construction work, accidents, and police officers.
ClimaCell uses public cameras, windshield wiper speeds, and other variable data that it acquires and has Delta, Jetblue, Sports Stadiums, and smart municipalities already using their services. They have a bright future ahead: https://www.climacell.co/science-team/
As I was an early adopoter to the current 3D printing Boom and growth that we've been seeing over the last decade especially with the growth and success of Protos Eyewear the first consumer grade 3D printed eyewear that also is completely customizable based on the metrics of your face I was amazed to see Scientific American with the replicator article today. It scans the object and completely replicates it as one solid piece as opposed to additive manufacturing layer by layer. Curious to learn more about this (if you come across this and do please contact me).
With the Protos Eyewear project the crafting and customizing of the hinges proved to be one of the most difficult tasks so I'm curious how this would replicate a pair of high end eyewear?
Certain trends and innovations that we can apply can not only improve conditions that we thought were almost irreversible. Similar to the recent bookmark I made about Plastics being recycled and how this would create a conglomerate bigger than Apple & Google combined. The information below I'm bookmarking courtesy of Tom:
Carbon Farming is a point of very high leverage to reverse climate change by taking one of the highest offenders of co2 release and turning it into a net sink while giving farmers a better chance in the market and strengthening local food economies:
Carbon farming is the broad term used for a suite of practices which aim to sequestor carbon from the atmosphere into either biomass or into soil. It is very important because agriculture is one of the leading causes of co2 emissions and therefore climate change. It is also a driver of climate change in that as trees and other perennial vegetation are removed from landscapes evaporation transportation is reduced, breaking the water cycle. Less water being transpired into the air means dryer climates, and greater temperature instability.
Many solutions to climate change are important and effective however this is a much higher leverage point than most because you are essentially taking a huge driver of climate change and not only stopping it, but reversing it. The models of how effective this could be in a relatively short amount of time to reduce the impacts of climate change are incredible(see the works of Paul Hawkins and Eric Toensmeir for numbers)
Within carbon farming there are many different practices however Agroforestry is proving to be one of the most effective, not only because it is essentially the incorporation of trees into landscapes which obviously helps solve the problems raised above but it also benefits farmers by helping them have a more diversifed production portfolio which can hedge against bad production years or market forces. In many cases it can help them shift away from commodities with very thin margins towards higher value crops that can be sold in more local and regional markets which helps the community over all.
Within agroforestry there is a specific practice called silvopasture which essentially means grazing animals under tree systems. When grazing animals are managed within a Holistic Planned Grazing Framework they can draw down and sequestor tremendous amounts of carbon in places that are not suitable for vegetable crop production (slopes, rocky areas, etc.) (see the work of Allan Savory/Savory Institute )and Holistic Management International.
This past years winner from The Royal statistical society was for a creative number was for 90.5% thats the amount of plastic that can be recycled in the world to create a multi-trillion dollar company. The 90.5% is the amount of plastic that is currently unrecycled. Sustainable companies that positively impact the world are a growing trend. Look at the success of the Beyond and Impossible Burgers. Instead of paraphrasing the piece read part of it below and the rest of it at:
Plastics have outgrown most man-made materials and have long been under environmental scrutiny. However, robust global information, particularly about their end-of-life fate, is lacking. By identifying and synthesizing dispersed data on production, use, and end-of-life management of polymer resins, synthetic fibers, and additives, we present the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics ever manufactured. We estimate that 8300 million metric tons (Mt) as of virgin plastics have been produced to date. As of 2015, approximately 6300 Mt of plastic waste had been generated, around 9% of which had been recycled, 12% was incinerated, and 79% was accumulated in landfills or the natural environment. If current production and waste management trends continue, roughly 12,000 Mt of plastic waste will be in landfills or in the natural environment by 2050.
Apperion has created some graphs to display how innovation and inventions can impact us globally saving billions of lives.
To say that we're living in the best of times would be correct if you look at life expectancy globally. In the late 1900's Africa and the former USSR declined sharply in life expectancy but they and every where else has seen an increase with Africa seeing the steepest increase.
Hurricanes put in the highest levels of fear, uncertainty, and doubt in people. The media exploits these fears and it is better to be safe than sorry. The problem IMO with Hurricanes are that you never know where in the path it's going to hit, how much damage its going to inflict, and how bad it will be when it gets there. Lets see what happens with Hurricane Irma & Jose.
If there is a will then there is a way. After spending what seems like countless days reading Tim Urban and Andrew Finns Wait But Whys latest feature on How and Why Spacex Will Colonize Mars detailing with in depth precision everything from how cool it was to go to the Moon in the 60's and how excitement has waned to the most important part of the piece and why Elon Musk is the most valuable person in the world.
We are doomed. Well maybe not us today but humanity in our time here on planet earth will one day succumb to one of four possible doomsday situations. When that time comes if we have colonized and made life on a different planet then we can ensure the survival of our species.
There are people who set out to change the world but can't because of financial constraints. We have to wonder how many other people would be on missions to disrupt the world for the better if their initial successes took off as Musk's had.
Elons mission is a motivator to the entire world. He wants to give us a reason to get up in the morning and to be excited about life. Life is all about being positive and having our sights set on big goals. Saving humanity and guaranteeing our future is just one of the many huge bonuses of what SpaceX is doing and he is so damn passionate about it that he is holding off on going to Mars until he knows that without the slightest bit of uncertainty that SpaceX will carry on with out him in full capacity with people as passionate and strong willed as he.
We all strive to be great and Musk is our Edison of today. The greatest man to ever live. Thousands of years if not millions the future will look back at this small period of time and talk about the man who saved humanity and ensured it's survival.
A whole new profound respect after reading the Wait But Why Novel on Space X and why it is so damn important.
If the Wait But Why Guys are reading this then shoot me a message and I will gladly donate a few hundred dollars to your cause to keep you blogging and have some other ideas for you.