Monday, March 26, 2007

Developing Countries as Eschaton Practice Grounds?

Pat Delaney's "MultiMachine" is a versatile machine tool that, according to its inventor, can be built with simple hand tools out of scavenged junk. The inventor conceives of applications in developing countries, but this sort of "intermediate technology" is EXACTLY the sort of thing that will be invaluable after an Eschaton event.
 
Developing countries have many parallels with post-Eschaton industrialized countries. Technologies wrangled and perfected with the Eschaton in mind could be applicable in developing countries where things like laboratory-produced penicillin are scarce and infections are rampant, and technologies meant for use in developing countries are exactly what will be needed in developing countries after an Eschaton event.
 
Already in my permanent post-Eschaton bibliography are Where There Is No Doctor and Where There Is No Dentist, books developed for use by medical practitioners in areas without modern medical care. I am happy to find another excellent example of crossover technology.

2 Comments:

Blogger nil said...

your post made me think of the universal nut sheller

March 28, 2007 2:02 PM  
Blogger The S.E.E.D. said...

To ASSUME that scraps of this civilization will still be around after TEOTWAWKI is quite a leap of logic. If you have no idea of what can cause TEOTWAWKI, how do you have an idea of what the aftermath can look like, let alone make assumptions about it?

The only scientifically supported theories about TEOTWAWKI that i've come across which are also supported by logic and common sense, suggest that what literally wiped out our ancestors (who built pyramids, underwater ruins, and Puma Punku) were mega tsunamis that also took most of their civilization with them to the bottom of the ocean. Hence, no scraps.

June 26, 2011 1:05 AM  

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