[extropy-chat] Pellet stoves

Keith Henson hkhenson at rogers.com
Tue Aug 22 15:02:02 UTC 2006

At 02:58 PM 8/22/2006 +0200, Eugen wrote:
>On Tue, Aug 22, 2006 at 08:31:22AM -0400, Keith Henson wrote:


> > of how much of your time is eaten by maintaining the stuff you need to 
> live.
>Pellet burners, to make an example, require as much maintenance as your
>oil or gas burners.

Please resume this discussion when your pellet stove has been in use for a 

>Living in style doesn't mean your environmental footprint needs
>to be large. With nanotechnology, the footprint can become about zero.

     "Human relations with engineered "domestic animals" might get real
weird.  Nomads in Africa drink the blood of their cattle.  A less messy
method would be to grow plugs on the animals which could be connected to
humans and supply energy and materials directly to the human bloodstream.
Instead of killing the sheep, you bring in a batch and "recharge" from
them.  A "lower on the food chain" alternative would be to have a
"backpack" which would unfold when you lay down in the sun into a large
photosynthetic area.  Assuming the nomads' sheep didn't trample you, a few
hours a day soaking up rays on 30 square meters of surface would eliminate
the need to eat animals or plants.  This is getting far afield from the
simple uses of nanotechnology, but being modified this way would allow
living the "simple" life par excellence.  Such people would really leave
"nothing but footprints.""


Keith Henson

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