In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, James Ehrlich shared insights on how combining lessons from nature with new technology is pushing sustainable housing into new frontiers.
Ehrlich is the founder of ReGen Villages, a company that spun out of Stanford University and is building the “Tesla of ecovillages.” Ehrlich is also Singularity University faculty and won the Global Grand Challenge award in the shelter category at last year’s Global Summit.
These sustainable neighborhoods integrate renewable practices in food, water, energy, and waste management to create self-reliant communities in which all essential needs for a healthy life are met within the footprint of that community.
“The idea is to take energy positive homes and add infrastructure that is actually regenerative. What that means is that the output of one system becomes the input of another,” said Ehrlich. “We think this is the best solution for the next two to three billion people coming to the planet in the next 30 years.”
Watch the full interview and learn how biomimicry and other lessons from nature are helping build more resilient and sustainable neighborhoods.
But those billions are too low IQ to maintain it themselves
and kill the dumb people willing to try.
Why can’t the tech be delivered to the places starving and they do the damn job themselves?
Why should we build and slave for the outgroup?
We can’t even house ourselves. Generation Rent here.
If we’re responsible for them, they must be dependents.
Why should we help child rapists?
Why can’t they grow their own food?
High IQ tech is wasted on the low IQ.
Sounds almost Biblical?
Have at it.
You can’t save people who won’t stop reproducing long enough to save themselves.
The funniest part?
This American has created nothing new. It’s a high-tech potager.
Yep, feudalism. Keyword is “Energy positive” – it’s taxable, I’ll bet. You work to live, work makes you free, corporatism pretending to be environmentalism.
Serfs are back, they never left.
The surplus of energy belongs to the workers. Workers do not have owners, that’s a slave. Slaves were ‘paid’ with a place to live and food- AKA exactly this plan.
The capital produced belongs to the laborer, this is the foundation of human rights.
Libertarians, now is your time to shine.
We did it first, Yanks.
Small farmsteads were tended by, and would have supported, isolated communities of family or extended family size, producing enough to live on and a little extra to exchange for commodities that the farmers were unable to provide for themselves.
Many of these small farmsteads, such as at Farley Mount in Hampshire, delimited with a circular bank and ditch enclosure, were surrounded by linear ditch systems that formed small rectangular fields, radiating out from the farm itself.