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Wishful thinking.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Asking myself what do I want I would split that question in two:

1. What do I want for the world?

2. What do I want for myself?

Of course, most if not all answers could fit both, but this is still a way to make answers more clear.

WHAT DO I WANT FOR THE WORLD?

Freedomware must rule! – Literally, it must be a standard, a social norm, ultimately perhaps even a rule. Software distributed under terms which deny most basic property rights (by way of denying full control over your own computer devices) should be remembered as merely a relic of the past, a dark age in the software industry. Real innovation and real world changing empowerment is in Freedomware. I want all proprietary software businesses to be replaced by those running a model around Freedomware, models you might today know by the moniker of “Open Source”.

RIAA and MPAA as we know them must die – These worldwide (no, not just american) organizations are today doing more for the oppression of creativity than their promotion. Simultaneously the copyright law which they helped turn into an utter dystopian joke criminalizes most people in the western world for *gasp* sharing! This just has to change, as soon as possible. If they don’t intend to loosen up and reform themselves into organizations which would encourage sharing in a digital world, then they simply must move along, for the future then has no place for them. All digital culture must be free for, at the very least, non-commercial sharing.

I want rampant technological evolution to accelerate even more, but more responsibly! – Yes, it is already accelerating, and we’re all impressed by how fast we’re progressing. But who is to say this is fast enough? There are no alien planets that we know of which could serve as a reference. With so many world problems to solve, some of which really starting to strangle our necks, we need more, better and efficient tools than ever.
BUT, technology should not be developed in a way that worsens these problems. In other words, it should not be used to pollute the Earth even more or to restrict people’s freedoms and privacy even further beyond their control. Green tech, responsible and sustainable development and free access (to knowledge and technology) are the key words!

Furthermore, I wish scientists and developers to have a fully open mind. In that name, I would like to add another key phrase: Anything is possible! Nano replicators? Warping to the stars? Teleportation? Strong AI? Artificial gravity? Yes! Natural universe has the elements. We have the intelligence. All we have to do is connect the dots. If we’re not “smart” enough today, there is no guarantee we wont be smart enough in the future.

I want us to go to space! – I want as many people as possible to see Earth from orbit, within my life time. I will go too. I want space stations in orbit and around moon. I want us to colonize Moon and Mars. I want us to, eventually, warp to the stars. I believe that humans, if they have any future, it is in space as much as on the Earth. I want us to continue exploring beyond Earth and I believe this to be a natural, even inevitable, course of our continued evolution.

I want people to be less indifferent, more aware and open minded. – Basically, there’s more to fun than what is commonly considered as fun. Nowadays it is unfortunately a very common occurrence for people to be stamped out as “geeks”, “wackos” etc. and subsequently ridiculed just for being different and thinking in different ways. When you talk about philosophy a lot, the “deep stuff”, you end up feeling like you have to apologize for being so enthused about it. Ever had that feeling when you tried to express your enthusiasm about something not-so-mainstream and felt like nobody gives a rats ass? While it may simply be that they just aren’t personally genuinely interested in what you have to say, I believe this phenomenon goes much further – some things are just too taboo, for whatever reason, for anyone to really feel free to express themselves without totally getting dissociated.

We have to be more open minded, accepting and overall aware. Being different is common to all of us, so why escape those differences? Let’s embrace them, and learn from them.

WHAT DO I WANT FOR MYSELF:

Successfully continue a personal self improvement process. – This simply means not giving up or giving in to the flow at any point in time, or at least until the “flow” becomes the good life I want to build. It starts with keeping up to my new schedule and new habits I’m trying to develop and keeping the positive mentality I want to maintain.

A nice, futuristic, off-the-grid, environmentalist medium sized house with a terrace and a telescope on top. – Here is one materialist desire. :) I would love to live in such a house. It would feel like living in a space ship, totally futuristic, cool looking yet genially simple. I would have a remote control for various functions in the house. The terrace on top would be great for star gazing or just relaxing on the sun or fresh air. The telescope could ideally be both portable and possible to “plug in” to be controlled remotely from inside the house, displaying the image on a computer screen below if I wish so (which makes it very easy to instantaneously record or even stream live over the internet).

Off the grid means that it would have to be fully powered without dependence on the standard electricity grids. A combination of solar panels and some other renewable source (if even necessary) would do.

This may seem like a million dollar kind of dream, but considering that technology actually exists for all of this and that for each expensive way of accomplishing it there is at least one cheaper alternative that can be found on the internet (heck, darn it, you can build a solar panel out of the old TV set, save up on electricity until you buy a real panel, for just one example). It is not necessarily such a luxury anymore. One just has to be determined. I’m not going to pursue this dream immediately, but once the business is good and financials healthy I see no reason not to pursue this gradually. It is also a good example setter for others – a green yet high tech life. :)

A zero-emitions, sustainable energy powered car. – It just adds to the picture above. Air car, water car or electric car? Shall I say more? I already pledged not to buy a car until it can be the one of this kind. :)

Find someone…. – Well.. let’s just say I’m single, and I don’t plan on staying one forever. Everybody needs someone closes to share this phenomenal life with. :)

So this is it. The reason I asked myself these questions is because it seemed helpful for finding a most accurate answer to this question: “Given the things I love to do (including my skills and interests) and my overall purpose, what do I want to achieve next?” The answer will give me a pointer towards the proper goals I need to set in front of Libervis Network in the future.

I hope to find this answer VERY soon now. And once I do, some exciting things might be getting done around Libervis Net, because I’ll be getting down to it right away! ;) What’s to stop me? I have the goal, it is the right goal, I believe in it and I have the skills and interests to achieve it. All it needs is doing! :)

So you see, this “wishful thinking” is actually about things that will happen, as far as I’m concerned! Wooohoo! :D

Cheers

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But wait, what if green cars could have been mass driven already?!?

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Some might immediately write this off as “Danijel again buying into a conspiracy theory”, but please for Earth’s sake bear with me!

I’ve been thinking a bit, impressed by what I’m seeing about electric and air cars. Take specifically electric cars. We all know about the existence of electro-motors as we use them everywhere. My heater is spinning one right now as I am typing. They run on pure electricity. Creating a car based on that same exact concept is old news! Electric cars are hence OLD NEWS! In fact you can already see various specialized electric vehicles in various places. Just think of golf cars or those heavy lifting vehicles.

What about the green aspect? Well, once you have an electric car you don’t emit anything bad into the atmosphere – that’s for granted. About getting the electricity to power it, which some may argue still has to come from something and that something may involve burning something dirty like oil, coal etc., I think there are plenty of ways already available or being thought off and developed which greatly minimize reliance on grid electricity. In fact, my logic tells me that you would almost never have to plug your car to the grid at home. How?

It’s beyond simple: it has two batteries, while one is being spent the alternators on spinning wheels are charging another one and then vice versa. Add solar panels to your car and you can help make this process even more reliable, by using solar generated energy to speed up charging.

Effectively, the electric car can mostly run itself, no extra electricity needed. This is what I call 100% environmentally friendly.

Full stop. Tesla Motors is supposed to be making these cars already, and the concept of them and them themselves have been around for ages. A logical question quickly rears its ugly head: Why isn’t everyone driving them?

I mean, seriously, ask yourself this honest question. If they are fast, no more expensive (why would they be anyway), cool looking (just look at Tesla Motors), basically have EVERYTHING you would expect from a normal dirty oil powered car with an added bonus of being 100% clean and almost totally silent – what the hell is stopping it from spreading all over the world like wild fire???

Well, this little video hints at an answer..

And now I have to let go a virtual cry out, a scream, an angry hiss – anger which can’t be expressed enough, an emotion that is backed by the reason 100% – the most powerful emotion – one that is ready to call for an all out war.

For the thought of being stuck in this dirty, oil-drowned, sun burned world plagued by an environmental catastrophe and a pending unbearable economic pressure due to rising oil prices that may soon be capable of throwing an increasing number of people to the streets because they can’t afford the price surge that is continuously going on – because the big corporate cartels – the big oil powers have to keep their petty power and money – is BEYOND DISGUSTING, BEYOND TOLERANCE, BEYOND ALARMING! If it continues to go down this road – if they really have that power to cut down the anti-oil alternatives – then I my friends will condone an open war against them — not terrorism, but… A movement will be born, must be born, to bring those maniacs down to Earth.

This feels more important than even Free Software, and the enemy is orders of magnitude worse than Microsoft.

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Pledge: I wont buy a car until I can buy a “green” one

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

And no, 50/50 sort of hybrids like those available today (even here in Croatia) don’t count. I don’t want a car that is still largely dependent on oil. I want a car that is, ideally, 100% driven by a clean fuel with no bad emissions. I can tolerate a tiny teeny amount of oil necessary as nothing but just a helper if there’s no better way, but that’s as far as I’m gonna go with oil.

And what makes me quite bold in this pledge, aside from the fact that I can’t afford buying a car anyway (I can barely afford getting a license), is that it seems rather likely that the green cars I’m talking about will be available on the market fairly soon, certainly sooner than I realistically planned to get rich. ;)

Even today, some people are already driving some electric cars (battery powered I assume, which you charge on your home plug). I mean, Tesla Motors must have had some customers already. So that’s one nice option to look forward to. But there is another very nice green option: Air Cars, apparently done by french and coming to market by next year (yes, 2009). In fact they already seem to have a whole bunch of them produced and here you can see a video of them in action. It is incredible how small, light and in fact simple-looking an engine is.

Air cars use compressed air, and when you see the animation of how it happens it actually becomes quickly quite clear. It seems that this technology can be called advanced not so much because of the ingenuity of the theoretical concept itself as much as for the artistry of its engineering implementation – putting this concept of turning the cylinders by the energy of air pressure into reality. I suppose compressed air is needed because it has a higher density and hence can apply higher force.

Air car can be fueled on a service station which would be providing nothing else than compressed air, something that I believe many existing fuel stations already have. But the beauty of this is that you don’t even need to go to a fuel station and pay for a dose of compressed air. You can run a compressor at home yourself – just plug it in. In fact, from what I hear the car itself has a compressor. Next step may be to put a solar panel on the cars top to generate electricity needed to power the compressor that feeds the engine with compressed air.

This way, your can basically say that your car is running in a 100% clean and environment friendly fashion because you aren’t even spending grid electricity (for which sometimes coal and other dirty fossils are needed to produce, albeit not always like in nuclear and hydro plants). To me this just about sounds like a nirvana of personal transportation! :)

It is interesting how much green technologies are being talked about and pushed these days. The dam created by the old energy and related industries can’t hold this innovation and pressure for much longer. I expect it to burst and for green cars, independent of now just too expensive oil, will become an every day reality. And it was about freaking time! Even this recent reaction is one too late! Did you feel the burn of Summer 2007? I feel just about anyone did! You just need to remember the last summer and look at the current oil prices to gain an insight, from two directions, into just how darn screwed we are if we don’t radically change something. And guess what, green tech will actually allow for easier and simpler lives than dealing with those ugly, dirty, unhealthy crap we’ve been dealing with so far. There is just no reason not to embrace it.

Perhaps at first there may be some inconveniences at first, but I am hard pressed at finding real ones.. I mean, what will be an inconvenience of an air car really that is more inconvenient than a standard oil car? That it doesn’t run faster than 120km/h? It better not to!!! With all of the killing that happens on the roads these days we ought to slow down a bit, and 120km/h is MORE than plenty if you ask me! There should be no complaints about that! Period.

So.. if you don’t have a car right now, either because you are young and still didn’t get around to it or just sold or crashed your old one – I encourage you to consider making your next car a green-tech powered one. If you can’t get it right now then if you anyhow can please wait until it becomes available or affordable enough. Heck if you never owned a car and used public transportation so far, you don’t have anything much to miss just yet – be patient for a year or few – perhaps try investing into some other big things if you can and then, when it becomes available get a green car.

Cheers!

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