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I think we overlook "new" too often in favor of "old time"

imagine this programmed to build "tiny houses" for the homeless

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3711198/Bad-news-Bob-Builder-Watch-Hadrian-X-robo-builder-create-entire-house-just-two-days.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Bad news for Bob the Builder: Watch Hadrian X the robo-builder create an entire house in just two days
It can lay 1,000 bricks an hour and work around the clock, 24 hours a day
A robotic 'hand' lays the brick, and applies  adhesive instead of mortar, which improves the thermal efficiency
It 3D scans its surroundings to work out exactly where to place bricks - and is simply parked next to site


 
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Cool. Though, we have plenty of shelter places. Old brick buildings, etc. but heating and food is a problem since it gets cold here. Of course, shouldn't take much to build a rocket mass in some of these old places using local bricks and planting permaculture forests...we're working on it... slowly...
 
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Of course, there is another cure for the homeless. Cultures considered "primitive" are materially poor by our standards, but their societies are structured in such a way that everyone is integrated into the social safety net. How can one be homeless if it is assumed that one is taken into the home of extended family? I have many times in my adult life moved back in with one family member or another when I fell on hard times; that is the reason I have not had to live on the street. Rugged individualism is just another form of egoistic pride.
 
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I doubt "homelessness" is a technology problem. It's a personal and social and civic problem. IOW, it's a human problem - comes with people.

I guess I should cop to an extreme prejudice: Human distress in one shape or another cannot be eliminated. Ever.

Jason pointed out a very successful and traditional way people have dealt with this particular issue for... ever. I'd bet it has the highest return and lowest unanticipated costs of any "solution" proposed, now or ever. But it's not w/out cost.

I cannot imagine technology "solving" the problem, unless you consider "solving" the problem to be something like the automobile solved the problem that people couldn't get around fast enough... Right.


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