>>77708 Hey, lookit that! Bookmarking the thread worked! Still not sure if I 'like' /chan boards, but they're interesting, at least.
Yeah,I agree. Food as a fuel is a wonderful idea, and small-scale farming isn't yet going to compete with that. And since we're not actually eating it, I'd say GMO the crap outta it. As I said, the idea is great; I'm just not convinced we really understand the ramifications yet. Only one way to learn, though.
Still, it seems to me that with most technology, there are trends, and one I've noticed over lots of different systems is that they start decentralized, move first towards centralization, and then, when the tech gets better, away again. Take computers; they moved towards mainframes, and then away. Transport, with trains and the highways. The public schools, and the homeschool movement. I'm convinced the internet will do the same, as network topology gets more advanced. You could almost draw a similar analogy for democracy, although what defines a 'working' government is difficult; no country has lasted forever. Yet. Decentralized networks of *anything* have significant advantages over centralized networks; if they can fulfill the required objectives, they're more stable and redundant, and often cheaper. When the tech reaches the point to where it can compete, I think small-scale is the direction we will move; in lots and lots of things.
The internet will, and already is, driving this. We're still figuring out how to fit this giant of communication into our culture, and we're not nearly done yet; VR is coming, and the percentage of people connected is still pretty small. But on centralization; artisan craftsmanship of many things was harmed by the centralization represented by 'big box' stores. Not saying this is bad, mind you. However, some people really do value artisans, and the internet has brought some of that back; by connecting people more closely, marketplaces like Etsy and Ebay have made handcrafting more profit