Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Future Prooofing Your Earning Capabilities

From a news article linked to by Drudge today:
“Many knowledge workers are fearful,” they write. “We should be concerned, given the potential for these unprecedented tools to make us redundant. But we should not feel helpless in the midst of the large-scale change unfolding around us.”

How true. 

However with the caveat that you gotta run to keep up.  There never was a free lunch and the future there will be none either.

In the future, I can see a whole host of industries automated that today one would think are impossible to automate.

For example I envision the future of farming as small land areas jam packed with plants, tended to by robots, and grown in a synergistic aquaponic manner.

The only real outside input being packaging material, and water.

For example my hypothetical tomato factory of the future would be laid out in this manner:

Tomato plants in vertical towers to catch every bit of sunlight available and the entire structure enclosed in a mesh/glass roof to keep insect pests out, thus reducing the need for expensive pesticides.

The tomato plants are growing in a medium that consists of crushed lava rock, along with other types of rock to provide various micro nutrients to the water.

At the bottom of it all in the shade is large tanks with fish that are fed on plant waste, and other foods such as rapidly growing duck weed tended to in large ponds at the sides of the facility.

Electricity is furnished by solar panels as most of the electric needed is during the day, and shore power for night time along with a battery backup/generator

Plants are tended to and harvested with robotic pickers combined with a small human crew.

Tomatoes are planted and harvested in a staggered schedule so to as provide a steady supply of product for the packaging facility.  A 5 acre facility could provide 1-2 semi loads of tomatoes per week and several semi truck loads of fish per year.

This type of facility favors locations in the tropic and sub tropic latitudes where the climate obviates the need for greenhouses, and can do year round operation.  For example factory farms such as these could turn what are now fairly useless Caribbean islands into food growing powerhouses. 

One could even substitute chickens or pigs for fish in such a operation. 

The key is the synergistic nitrogen cycle and understanding how to implement it.

Combined with robotics to automate many of the chores and increase the efficiency of the operation.

Robotics and automation could automate the harvesting of duck weed, the monitoring of oxygen and nutrient levels, the harvesting of produce, and the packaging/sorting and transport of said product.

For more remote areas, this hypothetical tomato factory could even process the fruits on site, by turning them into dried tomatoes to make more efficient transport and provide a premium product with a longer shelf life.  (ever buy sun dried tomatoes and look at the price?)

This is but one example of many. 

For another example, how about a automated roomba style machine that tends golf courses?

Or a automated snow plow?

Get the picture?

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