The Great Roomba In The Sky  

vrec_dawn 41M
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6/22/2006 4:41 pm

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6/24/2006 10:06 am

The Great Roomba In The Sky

Vulture Central ran a piece on a flying china saucer (pictured artist conception) that is solar powered and would perform unmanned flights. It could basically be used like a stationary very low orbit sattelite. It's a sort of holy grail for a number of fields, as that long distance communication with real sattelites imposes nasty delays and such.

Anyway, much time went by after reading that article without any more thought on it.

Then this morning I hit some news articles about a robotics convention, and they were praising inventions like the Roomba. (Ye gods I wish I could afford one for my very own.)

Then it hit me. A self-sustaining unmanned flying vessel ... and a vacuum. Hmm... Why not put a great Roomba in the sky to clean up the ozone layer?

Okay, so it wouldn't actually suck up the 'dirt' in our ozone layer. That would probably be a daft idea. (Unless it really were that easy to remove the carbon and methane.) But what about combining that with, say, algae? It might take some genetic engineering. It might not. I don't know. But what do plants do? They suck up CO2 so that they can steal the carbon to grow, and then release the 'waste' oxygen. So what could you do with a hydroponic algae garden suspended in a solar-powered UFO greenhouse? Why, I believe you could remove carbon from the skies without adding any back into the air.

It wouldn't be an overnight fix. Obviously. We'd still need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. And we'd definately need more than just one ozone-roomba going at it. (A rozonba?) But over time, well, why not? It certainly couldn't make matters any worse. I've even heard that some auto manufacturers are experimenting with renewable materials such as a soy-based replacement for plastic. So you could build these things as green as possible. And like anything else, the technology would only get better and cheaper the more you used and built them.

And I could even imagine at some point the algae grown having other uses. Perhaps it could be flavored and turned into food food. Maybe it could also produce hydrogen which could be stored in a compressed tank and used as a fuel. Maybe a grid of rozonbas could also replace mobile phone towers or provide wireless internet for a region. I don't know. But it opens up possibilities.

Or maybe I'm just a crazy dreamer.

druidrocker 63F

6/23/2006 4:23 pm

Wow - all great ideas - so why is it always the people who don't have the money or connections who have such wonderful ideas.

At the risk of sounding like an "old hippy". Check out the advantages of "hemp" as a crop and source for fuel and substitute for the mfg. of plastics, paper and cloth. Not to mention the regenerative properties for the soil it is grown in. The short growing time for producing that oxygen we could always use. And - should the shit hit the fan - all is not lost - we would be able to go out w/a smile on our face.

vrec_dawn 41M

6/24/2006 10:06 am

Thanks. Wish I had the money. That could even buy me the opportunities to make the connections.

And already on that page too. Though what a lot of people don't even realize is that not all hemp is good for smoking. He he he. (It'd be funny to see them realize that the hard way. Dude! Maybe this really is oregano! He he he.) But then I'm also of the opinion that a lot of useful medicines that could be accomplishing things in the health and physchology professions aren't being explored or used because of past abuses. Which, IMHO, is stupid.

Actually, the same is even true of DDT. When used responsibly it doesn't destroy wildlife and is quite useful for keeping malaria-mosquitoes at bay.

And I'm also of the opinion that legalizing, regulating, and taxing would provide a source of income where right how we have huge expendatures, and would vastly improve safety and quality. Alcohol is one of the most dangerous drugs we have. It's addictive. It impairs judgement. When significantly abused which is easily possible in a short period of time it horrible impairs reflexes. It causes a lot of injury and death. (As well as making for a lot of angry/violent drunks.) Even if it does have a lot of fun up sides. We legalize and regulate that. It works (fairly) well. It seems silly that other substances are illegal when you put their effects into comparison with what we do allow.

And this from a guy that's never done drugs and very rarely drinks in significant quantities. (And has yet to even get full on smashed drunk with a hangover the next day.)

Just in America are we so stupid. Look at what other countries are doing, then look at us. But then what do you expect from the only country in the world to call it soccer instead of football? Or to be all about 'democracy' and 'freedom' and yet have some of the worst implementations of both? It's sad when other countries that don't even promote these ideals have better implimentations than us.

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