Austin is piloting blockchain to improve homeless services, and it’s implications for water protection.

Here’s the idea, you can go to a grocery store or WalMart and get a cheap Android phone for $10. Those phones have many sensors, GPS, camera, and ports for external open source hardware. The key is that they can contain a blockchain to record the state of the machine when a piece of water data is taken. So, for example, a spectrometer app made from one pixel of the camera that takes an optical spectrum of the water. My friend Andrej and I are doing this now with his open source spectrometer company My Spectral. The key to the idea of getting people to actually save the water is in taking the time to go out and hike around the city or country and measure the data. Homeless people would love a free phone, and a way to build capital in the form of a cryptocurrency that can be used to exchange for good and services in a trustless way. So, a blockchain solves two problems at the same time. Gets a way to make a decentralized P2P network, a commune, for the water and gives a way for the homeless who are often thought of as unreliable, drug addicted, and worthless by the vast majority of Americans (but aren’t and perhaps more human, ie empathic) to earn a way back into the system. Hiking outside will heal them because they will be getting into nature, figuring out routes into the gentrification matrix, etc. In other words, the Revolution starts!
 
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The New Weathers “The sum of a field’s forces [become] what we call very loosely the ‘spirit of the place.’ To know the spirit of a place is to realize that you are a part of a part and that the whole is made of parts, each of which in a whole. You start with the part you are whole in.” — Gary Snyder Surrealism these days might be the only way to penetrate it all, To give it to you as a coherent whole, as a gift, wrapped in a bow, We know too much, have reduced Her to bits, one’s and zero’s, Disembodied, and lost, yet we’re here, you’re right here, right now, In this place, embodied, breathing air that I once exhaled, air’s old, The co-rising and interconnectedness of the multiverse, you and I, This poem came from somewhere, a dream channeled into here, Into this space, behind a screen, bleeping and pinging, on and on, This is all a dream, a simulation, I know too much about very little, Chemistry, atoms in resonance, with you and I here we breath, In and out, surrealism is dream language and an archive portal, You can see my memories of facts, and traces of lectures and slides, That’s all gone now, I’ve got my dreams and my memories, DNA, RNA, Proteins, and the force fields that guide the way they move and shake, In reality, in you and I, it’s elemental, there are not a hundred elements, There are four, earth, water, wind, and fire, this is not a delusion, illusion, To know the parts, and assemble a picture here, in this space take these four, Combine them in alchemical ratios in your mind, that’s all there is, you, Little I and/or Big I, it does not matter, to know the spirit of place, to meditate, That is to realize that you are a part of a part and that the whole is made of parts, Each of which is a whole, you start with the part you are whole in, For me these four fragments of the hundred, an ancient trace, No longer a chemist, from now on it’s alchemy and alchemy alone, It’s not experiments, it’s magic and transmutations, I start where I am, whole, That is here with this page, and traces of light and dark on a screen and paint, Paint a picture freely of dreams… https://drwilliamkayaerbil.me/2018/06/05/the-new-weathers/ #bartonspringz2049 @hippiebook.io

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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