“ARPA-E is Here to Stay”

“Thus, in 2007 Congress authorized the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, or ARPA-E, with the first appropriation coming in 2009 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Housed within the Department of Energy, ARPA-E’s main goal is to invest, develop, and commercialize “transformational energy technologies” that “disrupt the status quo”.”

Closed loop energy/water systems in residential housing that use a mere fraction of current energy requirements of coventional housing?

lawn mowing:
conventional method use a lawnmower
“transformational energy technologies” that “disrupt the status quo”

1)a pair of pygmy goats


2)deprive the grass of nutrition in order to slow growth
3)Use a reel manual lawnmower
4)pavers,sand or gravel
5)cultivated garden
6)stop watering the grass
7)encurage heavy foot traffic

8—-The most important of all—-
Why are we in a situation that requires this silly lawn mowing to begin with? Is there a way by design or otherwise to not mow the lawn?

The thing to remember about economic growth is that it’s always dependant on cheap fossil fuel. There is no escaping this paradigm.

“to invest, develop, and commercialize “transformational energy technologies” that “disrupt the status quo”.”

So when crude goes up to $200 a barrel-we are going to see all of the above and more. A shifting from consumer/service to agraian/production-maybe with some appropriate tech thown in. The means in which we shift is all important.

What makes this object so intresting is not really the object but the reasoning behind it:


“It posits a Victorian Britain in which great technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer (actually his analytical engine rather than the difference engine).”

The difference is the change in how food was produced and how the machines changed us:

Now think of that system that was in place before mechanized agroculture……..

“Another age must be the judge.”
Charles Babbage-1837

“Infallible Machines

In the 1821 vignette of Babbage and his friend, the astronomer, John Herschel, checking manually calculated tables, Babbage, finding error after error, was driven to exclaim ‘I wish to God these calculations had been executed by steam’. The grindingly tedious labor of manually checking tables was one thing. Worse was their unreliability. Babbage embarked on an ambitious venture to design and build mechanical calculating engines – vast machines of unprecedented size and intricacy – to eliminate the risk of human error. The infallibility of machinery would eliminate the risk of error from calculation and transcription (copying the results). Automatic typesetting would banish the risk of error when manually setting results in loose type. Stereotyping – a process that automatically impressed results on soft material for the manufacture of printing plates – would eliminate errors in repeated printing. Special security devices would ensure the integrity of the results. The outcome would be flawless. This was the intention, but one that he failed to realize.”

How objective is the programmer?
“In Classical Antiquity, an oracle was a person or agency considered to be a source of wise counsel or prophetic predictions or precognition of the future, inspired by the gods. As such it is a form of divination.

The word oracle comes from the Latin verb ōrāre “to speak” and properly refers to the priest or priestess uttering the prediction. In extended use, oracle may also refer to the site of the oracle, and to the oracular utterances themselves, called khrēsmoi (χρησμοί) in Greek.”

“Pythia, the oracle at Delphi, only gave prophecies the seventh day of each month, seven being the number most associated with Apollo, during the nine warmer months of the year; thus, Delphi was not the major source of divination for the ancient Greeks. Many wealthy individuals bypassed the hordes of people attempting a consultation by making additional animal sacrifices to please the oracle lest their request go unanswered. As a result, seers were the main source of everyday divination.”

The Oracle of fMRI detects an emoting, non live, north atlantic salmon:

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