About the LifeBubble Community

  • By Thomas Miller
  • 09 Dec, 2015

It’s official, I have a blog and I know how to use it.

LifeBubble is an open-source collaborative project to design and build sustainable human habitats and systems - starting at the "small is beautiful" scale.

Observe the absurdly wasteful ways cities, with their enormous ecological foot-prints, blight the planet today. It doesn’t have to be like this, and this enervates us to evolve new more eco-logical design paradigms.

We are Engineers, Artists, Musicians, Horticulturalists, Agronomists, Inventors, Students, Planners, Software Designers, Builders, Landscape Architects, Material Scientists, Political Activists, Educators, Chefs, Health Professionals - yes, we are anyone who wants to co-create paradise on earth and make a difference to our chances of survival as a species. If this is you, then we welcome you to become part of our rapidly growing LifeBubble community. Together we can change the way buildings, cities and their life support systems, are created.

"Together we will evolve consciously designed life-support technologies and ecosystems that are fit for people who love and respect our precious planet."

We need you!

LifeBubble is an open life-affirming movement to envision and then create a wonderful future for humanity. It rejects the pessimistic alternative of resigning yourself to the inevitable catastrophe of business as usual - and doing nothing.
 
"If we fail to proactively create a better future, we will be history"    

That is why we need you to join us as a FutureSmith. We need your ideas, creativity and courage to help us create a thriving future we can all share.

In our future biosphere paradise there will be some "must have" life support technologies to provide us with comfortable livable spaces that shelter us from radiation and the elements, that replenish fresh air, clean and recycle water and produce abundant healthy food and ways to store it.  

There is room in our vision for some "nice to have" technologies too, that give us pleasure, help sharpen our intellects, understand the world around us, feed our curiosity, help us learn to communicate and exchange ideas, build philosophy and culture and connect us to the cosmos, our origins and help us discover our destiny.

LifeBubble is an attempt to envision and then create a temporal paradise for humans. Don't postpone paradise until you're dead. Create it now! An eco-sensitive future can give us all the essential human life support services as well as many of the nice-to-have technologies, using only solar energy, just like in natural ecosystems.  

The natural treasures of life, wealth of colour, bizarre patterns and awe inspiring diversity are all based on these few simple and inescapable ecological principles.
  1. Liquid water is the universal solvent of life chemistry.
  2. Matter is continually assembled and recycled through ecosystems - nothing in nature is wasted.
  3. Respect decay and death. They are the other vital side of growth and life.
  4. Solar energy is the golden currency of life - it flows through every food chain - always precious. Even in its "lowest" state as heat it is not wasted.
  5. Human consciousness is one apex of an unfolding life drama of ever increasing patterns of complexity.
  6. Almost everything in the biosphere is linked and inter-dependent.

 

"Create the right habitat and an ecosystem will flourish"

The LifeBubble project is about designing and creating the right conditions for paradise - the right habitat to fully support all human beings.  

Nature is our textbook.

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Meet Angelo, who decided to build a sandstone rock house using the same cutting technique as we are using.  This is a great episode to watch with a friend over a bottle of red wine.
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By Thomas Miller 18 Jan, 2016
I'm sharing this interview with you because the internet will probably play a huge role in effectively organising  ourselves  at The Life Bubbles.

Tomorrow Popular Blogger Michael Q Todd is interviewing Tom Miller on Ethereum Technology and how it will impact our everyday lives towards the end of 2016.

We'll be covering Smart Contracts, Decentralised Apps, New Currency Systems, and Automatic Organisation.

To Join us simple visit us here at 9:30AM Brisbane Time , and don't worry if you arrive late you can watch the replay here.
By Tom Miller 12 Jan, 2016
As part of making this an "open-source" collaborative project we are posting all files (even the most basic) of drafts online for all to comment, share and collaborate on.
By Thomas Miller 08 Jan, 2016
As much as we like to think we are individuals, it's not the case.  We have always achieved the unthinkable together.  In fact we are not much different to ants.

Here is an interesting article by a guy who is using "Ethereum" Based blockchain technology to pay people according to the energy they put in.
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For a larger view of this map please click here.
By Thomas Miller 09 Dec, 2015
LifeBubble is an open-source collaborative project to design and build sustainable human habitats and systems - starting at the "small is beautiful" scale.

Observe the absurdly wasteful ways cities, with their enormous ecological foot-prints, blight the planet today. It doesn’t have to be like this, and this enervates us to evolve new more eco-logical design paradigms.

We are Engineers, Artists, Musicians, Horticulturalists, Agronomists, Inventors, Students, Planners, Software Designers, Builders, Landscape Architects, Material Scientists, Political Activists, Educators, Chefs, Health Professionals - yes, we are anyone who wants to co-create paradise on earth and make a difference to our chances of survival as a species. If this is you, then we welcome you to become part of our rapidly growing LifeBubble community. Together we can change the way buildings, cities and their life support systems, are created.

"Together we will evolve consciously designed life-support technologies and ecosystems that are fit for people who love and respect our precious planet."
By Thomas Miller 09 Dec, 2015

You climb a small tree in a warm sheltered garden bursting with your favorite fruit and vegetables. It is surrounded by a light and airy soil covered overhang that keeps off rain and dew. You lounge on your bed in bright morning sunlight deep in thought. It is quiet and tranquil - not a single mosquito or fly to disturb your intense joy at savoring the resonant chords of a new song you have just improvised and like the sound of.  

You banter for a moment in the dappled leaf filtered shade with a friend who has just announced himself with a compliment while his 3D hologram moves realistically near you as if he were there. He comments on the ripening dragon fruit in your LifeBubble and invites himself over for an afternoon "dragon" feast. Its so comfortable you only needed to put clothes on when you step outside into the first autumn frosts, to collect wild berries along the forest path.  

As evening falls, you lie on your back and gaze up at the milky way starting to take form through a dynamic transparent dome above you that opens and closes automatically like the petals of a flower to regulate the temperature and humidity. You wonder at the foresight of your ancestors to create a living space like this that is still as sturdy today as when it was built was over a thousand years ago.

As you look around at the moss and lichen encrusted rocks in the garden and playful frescoes on the walls that have been touched up and added to through the generations, you recall stories of how people once used to work over 40 hours a week doing things they didn’t really enjoy just to be able to "own" a box-like building that needed lots of energy just to make it livable and that amazingly produced no food.

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Fast forward 1000 years

Imagine the city of the future. It produces most of its food within its own footprint. It maintains comfortable living and working spaces using only the solar energy harvested from each building's own footprint to heat, cool and light the interior.

A city where, even in the driest of desert ecosystems, each building has its own constantly replenishing decentralized supply of pure drinking water without the need for big pipes connecting the city to a reservoir.  
Using only renewable energy, each building recycles all of its used water and nutrients locally to produce fresh healthy food and leafy surroundings in its immediate vicinity.

A series of small roads and paths connect these bubbles of life and loop through a mosaic of grain fields, leafy forests and winds along beside natural creeks and wetlands perhaps converging to high speed long distance underground transport tunnels that facilitate cross cultural visits for trade and exchange of ideas between cities, with no unnecessary energy wasted on keeping planes in the sky. The local roads and paths are hosts to sleek ergonomically designed hybrid human power boosted/solar electric vehicles that are fast, compact and safe.

People spend more time playing together, sharing their emotions, ideas and energy, helping others and spending less time doing paid work. They live longer, happier lives and the glint of fun filled life-long learning is in their eyes.

The internet is universally available and ideas and creativity flow freely to and from the people it connects like synapses in the mind of gaia, creating a chain reaction of collective awareness or “super-consciousness”.

People are much healthier because they are less stressed, eat nutritious locally produced food, fast and exercise more. So medical interventions for “lifestyle” diseases are rare.

As the global population is stable, no energy is wasted on planning and building outmoded and unsustainable short life-cycle structures. Instead, architects and building designers collaborate to refine inter-generational human habitats shaped out of rock-like materials, soil, and plants that self-regulate and continually renew themselves.

People and their plants live and work in these LifeBubbles, in semi-enclosed living structures that are more like human vivariums than houses. They are shaped into the earth rather than built on it and are designed to last for at least a millennium with only incidental maintenance.

LifeBubbles are high science, low-tech structures. They use ultra long lasting rock-like ceramic, concrete and polymer composite materials, passive thermal mass heat gradients and transpiration to regulate living space temperatures and create passive ventilation.

The sun and food plants replenish oxygen in the air and fix carbon dioxide from respiration. Biolytic soil ecosystems in structured organic soil containers recycle the nutrients from used water, which is then wicked to the plants' roots without the need for electrical pumps. Gravity aids the purification process as the water filters through the subsoil to the aquifer and small ponds or streams.

LifeBubbles have the possiblility to be super-productive human ecosystems because they are climate-controlled habitats. Specially selected high-yielding food plants are cultivated in optimally engineered soil and growing conditions. Insects, rodents and other fresh food and stored food pests are physically and ecologically excluded . As an additional bonus, mosquitoes, flies, fruit flies, pest birds and animals and other unwanted creepy crawlies are also excluded from this consciously designed ideal human habitat.

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