Saturday, October 9, 2010

What is Progressive Postscarcity?

Maybe it's as simple as Teddy Roosevelt 2.0.

"With its crowning invention of the Internet, the corporate-state apparatus has laid the seeds for its own obsolescence."

"We must usher in an era of flexible manufacturing networks, digital fabrication, and distributed production. This sort of resilient model is our only hope against the converging crises we are experiencing, from the economic to the ecological."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Zeitgeist: International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment

“Agree with me if I seem to you to speak the truth; or, if not, withstand me might and main that I may not deceive you as well as myself in my desire, and like the bee leave my sting in you before I die. And now let us proceed.” - Socrates

"In the past, throughout almost all of human history, the main threat to survival was nature. Today, it is culture. Not only does structural violence kill more people than all the behavioral violence put together; structural violence is also the main cause of behavioral violence."

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward | Official Trailer- [ Extended ] from on Vimeo.

SYNOPSIS: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary work which will present a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society.

This is hardly a new anthem. Martin Luther King, Jr., December 18, 1963:

"Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in psychology. It is the word: maladjusted. ... I would like to say to you today, in a very honest manner, that there are some things in our society and somethings in our world of which I'm proud to be maladjusted. And I call upon all men of goodwill to be maladjusted to these things until the Good Society is realized."

"I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few, and leave millions of God's children smothering in an air-tight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society."

"In other words, I'm about convinced now that there is need for a new organization in our world. The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment ..."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Reinventing the Wheel

This is another small data point perhaps indicating that, as a population, we have so much Cognitive Surplus available, and are seemingly so collectively bored, that we literally turn to finding all manner of new ways to reinvent the wheel.

The old cliche says, "don't waste time reinventing the wheel," it's all about worshipping ever greater commodity efficiency. But the new reality is, "don't waste mind rolling around on wooden wheels." Keep innovating. Keep incrementing. Keep adapting. Keep accelerating.

Efficiency for it's own sake is great, it has taken us so very far. Yet, to move forward, we must increasingly encourage Ingenuity, Inspiration, Inventiveness and find the resource circulation models that foster development and reward the outputs of the best of these human characteristics, which are notorious in their inability to generate rapid profits, yet are also undeniably the source of the greatest stores of enduring and sustainable human value.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Homeless? Just Hit Print.

NYTimes: 3-D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution

"A California start-up is even working on building houses. Its printer, which would fit on a tractor-trailer, would use patterns delivered by computer, squirt out layers of special concrete and build entire walls that could be connected to form the basis of a house. It is manufacturing with a mouse click instead of hammers, nails and, well, workers. Advocates of the technology say that by doing away with manual labor, 3-D printing could revamp the economics of manufacturing and revive American industry as creativity and ingenuity replace labor costs as the main concern around a variety of goods."

"Contour Crafting, based in Los Angeles, has pushed its limits. Based on research done by Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, the University of Southern California, Contour Craftin printing device for building houses. The start-up com commercialize a machine capable of building an enti machine that fits on the back of a tractor-trailer."