Registered: Jan 2004
Upgrading our world production platform with NKS (building 'replicators')
"I confess that in 1901, I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years...Ever since, I have distrusted myself and avoided all predictions."
-- Wilbur Wright, 1908
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
-- Alan Kay
Upgrading our world production platform
The race is on for upgrading our world production platform. Let it be the “fab lab” or Dr Adrian Bowyer rapid prototype machine. The drawback is that they still rely on prefabricated materials like plastic (while we are nearing peak oil in 2010, making plastics more and more expensive) and not on the true pure resource: the atom.
I believe that this is the main problem to be resolved so that production will be almost an independent activity in households. Independent in way that it only needs to rely on (massive) calculating power and energy (hopefully fusion energy). Atoms are in abundance.
I also believe that will be able to deliver increasing amount of calculating power with the same amount energy generated in 2005 . Calculating power could be delivered via the Grid. Not only that. The Grid could store digital molds (based upon NKS rules) of material forms, like molecular structures or a wooden cup. An intelligent Grid, called an Enterprise Nervous System (ENS), could interact with a human, via a machine, so that new material forms, tools etc, could be created. This machine is called a creator unit.
We would only create what we need making it the most efficient economy in history. The end road of capitalism, because all material wants can be satisfied, and communism, all is shared via digital molds, gaining material equality for all.
An era of Abundance .
P.S. Our company (steeped in and organisationally based upon complexity field thinking) that we are building  will mainly focus for the coming years on the ENS for laying the foundation for the Creator Units.
 A Hypercomputer with in intake of maximal 1100 Watts is able to deliver more calculating power than a cluster of serial (Intel/AMD) chips with an intake of 40,000 Watts.
 There is already abundance, but our current day mechanically structured civilisation creates artificial scarcity. Building organically (Celebrating the abundance of nature): http://www.mcdonoughpartners.com/index.htm
 Some branches are already in operation.
*** A WTN proposal ***
If someone has an idea for the World Technology Network for improving the human condition on this planet and prepare Humanity for the future. Please visit the site: http://www.wtnxprize.org/
This was mine suggestion:
The World Technology Network (WTN) X PRIZE Suggestion
--Suggested Name of Challenge (i.e. WTN X PRIZE for ****)--
WTN X Prize for 'The Creator Unit (TCU)' or: 'building a replicator style of name.
--Brief Description of Suggested Challenge (No more than 600 words please)--
The Challenge is to build a working prototype of a machine capable of building material structures, which can be handled by a human being, like a cup, spoon or food. Every kind of product should be feasible and the machine shouldn't be larger that an oven.
It could utilize the following products:
* The Hypercomputer  (FPGA technology)
* Atom Lasers 
* It should run on some kind of clean energy like Fusion Energy.
* It would be of great help for all candidates to use the intellectual structure of A New Kind of Science of Stephen Wolfram  (it would be almost impossible to create this kind of machine with Old Kind of Science like Calculus).
* It would be greatly appreciated if the digital moulds of the products would be under a Creative Commons type license  so that every human has access to it.
The goal is that every human being is capable of creating clothing, food, books etc. ...Creating everything his/her imagination comes up with. There by eliminating complete poverty on this planet in this century so Mankind guarantees itself a sustainable future on this planet.
 http://cua.mit.edu/ketterle_group/, and A brief commentary by Wolfgang Ketterle about the Atom Laser.
"An atom laser is analogous to an optical laser, but it emits matter waves instead of electromagnetic waves. Its output is a coherent matter wave, a beam of atoms which can be focused to a pinpoint or can be collimated to travel large distances without spreading."
-- Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle
--Suggested Potential Rules--
To win: A working prototype before 2020. It needs to create three different types of products which should be visible with the naked eye.
The types are:
* Food (for example: a type of vegetable)
* Hard matter (like wood)
* A liquid (like water)
* The machine shouldn't be larger than a standard household oven.
* Its energy intake should be as low as possible (using Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) chips  would be a good start). Not using more than 2500 Watt per construction.
* The Interface of the machine itself must be as simple as possible so that a 4 year old child is able to create something (a drink, medication) with it.
* Voice input  and maybe an holographic interface  is necessary. Material interfaces get dirty and holographic buttons and keys don't wear out. The first team with an intelligent interface gets a bonus.
After 2020 there will be, every year, a contest where these type of machines will be pitted against each other (not limited to an household configuration) and should be able to create products in hostile environments like extreme hot (dessert) or cold (Arctic) conditions paving the way for machines which could operate in space.
--Suggested Time Life of the Award (how long given to win?)--
--How Many Companies to Compete?--
--Suggested Prize Amount--
--Suggested Funding Mechanism (ideas for the best way and/or the sources to raise the money to pay off the winner of the challenge competition)--
The required starting capital lays around 400,000 Euros. Finance itself could rely on sponsors or Venture Capitalists (like Scaled, winner of the ANSARI X-Prize) .
It is in the spirit of High Noon .
--How Did You Hear About the WTN X PRIZE?--
Via the Ansari X-Prize site.
***This could be needed***
- One Cyc  for the intelligent interface (the Open Source version of Cyc  costs 0.- Euro).
- One Linux operating system like Mandriva  (the free version ) costs 0.- Euro.
- One Hypercomputer (The HC-36  costs 135,000 Euros).
- One Mathematica 5  costs 1,500 Euros
- And a computer (a good one around 3000 Euros).
This setup would be great for implementing the New Kind of Science rules to start modelling and run simulations. Later on (lets say 5 or 8 years from the start) atom lasers could be utilised, which are still rudimentary , so that creating an material object with this kind of technology becomes feasible.
Total starting costs (excluding wages): 139,500 Euros.
"... in fact extremely simple underlying rules - that might for example potentially be implemented directly at the level of atoms - are often all that is needed. "
"And indeed one of the things that emerges from this book is that traditional engineering has actually considered only a tiny and quite unrepresentative fraction of all the kinds of systems and processes that are in principle possible."
"...it seems likely that a system could be set up in which just one or a few atoms would correspond to a cell in a system like a cellular automaton. And one thing this would mean is that doing computations would then translate almost directly into building actual physical structures out of atoms."
-- Stephen Wolfram
From pages 11, 840 and 841 from A New Kind of Science
"The complex system approach, which involves "seeing" inter-connections and relationships, i.e., the whole picture as well as the component parts…" -- Didier Sornette
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