Thanks for posting this, Scott. I hadn't seen it yet.
Do you notice how he pauses to think before he answers every question? I wish everyone did that. Everything would happen a little slower, but we would do so much less re-working or do-overs.
This guy blows my mind, every time. I love how he incorporates bio-mimicry into his engineering, and in places blurs the distinction between the biological and the digital.
I could totally go for a tertiary layer of cognition. Imagine how quickly we could get all the talking and planning finished, to actually get shovels, or our hands, in the dirt.
And in a connected permacultural setting, where there is a sensor net recording real-time environmental conditions, you would essentially be aware of your property in the same way as your body. How'd that be for observation?
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
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