Saturday, June 03, 2006

Money Doesn't Grow On Trees (Or Does It)

The other day I was walking around in one of the beautiful hardwood forest of northern Ohio and it occurred to me that the trees were a perfect example of molecular manufacturing at its finest. Of course it is often pointed out that biological organisms are essentially molecularly constructed beings but the point really hit home for me while thinking about the trees. I think this is because of the large mass and simple efficiency of trees. The molecular mechanisms for constructing a tree are powered directly by sunlight (no need for exotic fuels like us humans), and the building blocks for constructing the trees come straight out of the atmosphere via carbon dioxide.

So this got me thinking: all that carbon dioxide we keep dumping into the atmosphere via combustion could be a global fortune rather than a disaster. Just imagine molecular manufacturing on a global scale that produced almost every economic good out of carbon directly from the atmosphere while using sunlight as the power.

Form this perspective economic efficiency and reducing carbon from the atmosphere would be the same project. It takes energy to separate carbon from oxygen. At this time we are accustomed to combing oxygen and carbon to get energy. But this is an archaic way of getting energy seeing as how it is throwing our ecosystem out of whack and seeing as how the earth already receives more energy from the sun than we could possibly put to use. We must imitate the trees. We must use the sun's energy to separate the carbon from the atmosphere and use that carbon for all of our production needs.

Just a thought.

17 Comments:

I thought this post:
http://thefraserdomain.typepad.com/energy/2006/05/greenfuel_updat.html

particularly germaine to your most recent thinking. Found here:

http://www.thefraserdomain.typepad.com/

By Anonymous Will Brown, at 4/6/06 18:59  

Thanks for the link. Good stuff.

By Blogger Micah J. Glasser, at 5/6/06 03:32  

Nice points! There are so many sources of energy and matter that we've been unable to exploit for so long, people take it for granted that they will be unexploitable forever.

By Blogger Michael Anissimov, at 5/6/06 16:03  

A seemingly little appreciated concept that you touch on here Micah is that of how complex the ordinary truly is. Phil Bowermaster links to this post with one example of that complexity,

http://www.blog.speculist.com/archives/000835.html

but I suggest that the degree of technical mastery necessary for us to duplicate the process that trees use in a manner we can control is something that most people don't appreciate.

It's all very well to say, "Trees do it, so can we", but doing so in a way that doesn't emulate the chaotic process of nature adds a so-far insurrmountable degree of complexity to the effort.

One of the benchmarks of the pre-Singularity period in my opinion ought to be our ability to emulate functions that occur naturally as power law distributions in a bell curve measurable fashion, a concept my blog partner Gary and I discussed in a different context here:

http://artofwarplus.com/wordpress/?p=824

That, I submit, is the distinguishing characteristic of science and technology, most particularly as in the example you provide here. Whether or not we survive as a species to achieve the Sigularity will, I suggest, largely be a product of our successfully achieving that transition from chaotic natural process to controllable technologic process.

By Anonymous Will Brown, at 5/6/06 18:11  

Very interesting Will. Now I know what book I will be reading next. Thanks. This stuff about power curves in dynamic processes sounds like it could be a powerful tool for a systems thinker. I'm excited to find out more.

By Blogger Micah J. Glasser, at 6/6/06 00:20  

China Wholesale has been described as the world’s factory. This phenomenom is typified by the rise ofbusiness. Incredible range of products available with China Wholesalers “Low Price and High Quality” not only reaches directly to their target clients worldwide but also ensures that wholesale from china from China means margins you cannot find elsewhere and buy products wholesaleChina Wholesale will skyroket your profits.wedding dressescheap naruto cosplayanime cosplay

By Blogger products, at 17/8/09 21:50  

Women’s nike tn Shox Rivalry est le modèle féminin le plus tendance de baskets pour le sport. tn chaussuresConcernant la semelle :spyder jacketsCheap Brand Jeans Shop - True Religion Jeans nike shoes & Puma Shoes Online- tn nike,Diesel Jeans le caoutchouc extérieur, l’EVA intermédiaire Levis Jeanset le textile intérieur s’associent pour attribuer à la.ed hardy shirts pretty fitCharlestoncheap columbia jackets. turned a pair of double plays to do the trick.Lacoste Polo Shirts, puma basket, Burberry Polo Shirts.wholesale Lacoste polo shirts and cheap polo shirtswith great price.Thank you so much!!cheap polo shirts men'ssweate,gillette mach3 razor bladesfor men.As for Cheap Evisu JeansCheap Armani Jeanspolo shirtsPuma shoes

By Blogger products, at 17/8/09 21:50  

I can't believe it.
nike outlet
You can have a look at it.
adidas outlet
puma outlet

By Blogger mily, at 31/5/10 05:04  

http://www.bestpenisproducts.com is an all-natural Penis Enlargement, safe, and guaranteed alternative to painful and dangerous Penis enlargement methods such as surgery, straps, or rings.
penis enlargement pills or male enhancement pills will immediately boost your performance, improve your orgasms, and increase the size of your penis within just a few weeks!
VISIT OUR BEST PENIS ENLARGEMENT PILLS PRODUCTS:

VIGRX PLUS PILLS
VIMAX PILLS
MALE EXTRA PILLS
MALE ENHANCEMENT PILLS

By Anonymous Penis Enlargement Pills, at 12/8/10 02:48  

Here’s a list of tools you will need to start: Jewelers’ pandora jewellery wire cutters - If you can only afford one pair, get memory wire shears. pandora charms These are designed to make clean cuts on tough memory wire, so can also be used for pandora charms uk softer wires. Chain-nose pliers sometimes called cheap pandora charms needle-nose pliers – Very versatile for picking up and grasping small items, pandora charms sale bending eye pins, closing jumps rings, even closing crimp beads. discount pandora charms Round-nose pliers – Used for creating loops on beaded head and eye pins. Can also be used for winding your own jump rings and as the second pliers you’cheap pandora ll need for closing jump rings. Optional pliers – Wire-looping pliers which have several graduated circumferences to allow you to form perfectly uniform jump rings and loops in place of the pandora discount uk round-nose pliers mentioned above. Crimping pliers which have little notches to allow you to both flatten a crimp bead and then bend it to form a rounded finished look instead of the flat crimp you pandora uk get using the chain-nose pliers. As for materials, I recommend some assortment packs of beads in coordinating colors, some decorative metal spacers, seed beads in both silver and gold These can serve as spacers and beautifully set off pandora sale your other beads., tube-shaped crimp beads Buy the best you can find – these are what hold it all together!, head and eye pins. Other than that, let your choice of project be your guide. You might want some silver or pewter charms.

By Blogger 每当遇见你, at 7/10/10 23:00  

No matter where your destination might be, thomas sabo charm your belongings should be important to you. thomas sabo charms uk If your bag is full, then use a bag strap to ensure that thomas sabo charms sale the lid won't fly open due to a broken lock and that all your precious tthomas sabo charm clearance things will make it home with u in a safe and sound manner. theap thomas sabo charms It may not have been the case in the past, but these days being an expectant mother, discount thomas sabo charms or a mother who is nursing a young baby does not mean that you have to sacrifice all dress sense and style.

By Blogger gaohui, at 19/10/10 21:23  

I am Very thank full the owner of this blog. Becouse of this blog is very imformative for me.. And I ask u some thiing You make more this type blog where we can get more knowledge: http://www.penisenlargementz.com/

By Anonymous penis enlargement, at 21/5/11 04:39  

Winter season a line wedding dresses is time with the calendar year when it actually cheap bridesmaid dresses casts a spell on each lady. Every cheap prom dresses last trend aware girl formal dresses yearns to don a quite cocktail dresses development cheap wedding dresses regardless of what; plus size wedding dresses and when its winter season around the corner,

By Blogger kellytang, at 11/10/11 21:56  

I am thoroughly convinced in this said post. I am currently searching for ways in which I could enhance my knowledge in this said topic you have posted here. It does help me a lot knowing that you have shared this information here freely. I love the way the people here interact and shared their opinions too. I would love to track your future posts pertaining to the said topic we are able to read.
Comprar Vimax - Penis Enlargement - Vigrx Plus - Vimax - Comprar Vigrx Plus

By Anonymous VigRX Plus, at 5/5/12 08:09  

This is highly informatics, I've joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks!Thanks for writing the pattern.

By Anonymous price per head, at 18/5/12 23:32  

Thanks. I always enjoy reading your posts - they are always humorous and intelligent.I am a china tour lover, You can learn more: China tour videos | China tours images | China Tours

By Anonymous Beijing tours, at 3/8/15 22:25  

Care your goods with the international freight forwarding companies in india. SCMBazaar offers logistics services like International freight forwarding.

By Blogger SCM Bazzar, at 12/9/17 01:32  

Post a Comment

<< Home