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Reinventing civilisation, reinventing food production

Welcome to the future of food
At the beginning of the 21st century only electricity and running water were considered indispensable parts of housing. 

By mid-century, however, most homes were directly connected to food growing systems. Local and decentralised, they changed civilisation by the roots, bringing unprecedented social transformation. Protected from the elements and self-maintaining through the use of solar energy and symbiotic systems like aquaponics, these edible landscapes spoke of a responsible abundance. One were human individuals had a right to connect with their food sources and exert power and control over their nutrition.

If a home was built, a local food source was built or expanded.



Uncomplicated to maintain and replicate, knowledge on how to procure these mini ecosystems was taught from infancy. Like a human photosynthesis, they were self-sustaining extensions of ourselves - our energy source.

Food reunited our neighbo…

Universal Translators or Visual Synthetic Telepathy?

How do you communicate in a multilingual galaxy?

quick means of universal communication would be convenient if galactic interspecies encounters were common and frequent - that is to say if "warp-capable" alien civilizations (or those possessing comparable technologies) exist in our galaxy. On the other hand, if only slower-than-light travel is possible, alien encounters would be rare and memorable and likely gradual. For now, let's assume the first scenario is true.

In Star Trek, the universal translator can decode a language by simply listening to a fragment of alien speech. This would imply that all languages, all forms of verbal communication, are calculable and share a universal code or pattern. Yet, if this assumption doesn't hold true, synthetic visual telepathy might come in handy. On Earth "Complex, image-forming eyes evolved independently some 50 to 100 times." (Land, M.F. and Nilsson, D.-E., Animal Eyes, Oxford University Press, Oxford (2002)). If…