The Industry 4.0 tire plant, according to Heelis, consists of two webs: A physical network, featuring interconnected automation and process equipment, and a cyber network that offers electronic integration and flow of information.
As represented by Diego Rivera in his 1932 Detroit Industry frescoes in Detroit, Ford’s strategy linked nature to industry through human toil and creativity. Among the most beautiful images in Rivera’s frescoes is a Brazilian rubber tapper. Separated by a smooth ocean from the Rouge Plant, then the largest auto factory in the world, the rubber tapper bends in a graceful, time-tested stance into the latex-producing heveas brasilis tree. Existing as an unchanging conduit between the past and the present, the figure is meant to suggest the mutually beneficial relationship that Rivera imagined was possible between industry and nature, technology and tradition, progress and continuity. Yet even as Rivera painted, the Ford Motor Company was hard at work destroying the possibility he imagined in the rainforests of Brazil.
The scary specter of “wasteland” and the “jungle” featured prominently in the story of “natives” being brought into the fold of modernity: “Paved roads, cement walks, comfortable homes, electric lights, telephones—this might be any midwestern town. But it is Belterra, buried deep in the jungle of Brazil.... Yes, there is even a golf course—a sporty 18 holes—at Fordlandia. Beautiful clubhouse, tropical foliage—and 700 miles from civilization.”
Technology does not need to be viewed as an alien phenomenon separating us from nature, but rather as an emergent phenomenon and inevitable byproduct of all natural systems.
A big difference here is how humanity chooses to harness the technology we create. Do we use it to evolve ourselves past our current biological form and catapult us toward merging with machines or do we show thoughtful restraint and use technology to bring us more in balance with our own biology and ecosystem?
SolarPunk: Decentralized symbiotic economic structures Living in balance with environment Technology empowers the individual Drugs used to expand consciousness and augment reality Man working alongside machine Sunny with a chance of showers
To do this at home, pick up a container of liquid latex and find a form that's the shape of the balloon you want to make. Dip the form in a solution of baby powder and water to get the powder to cover the form. Then dip into the latex. Place the form with the latex on it into the oven to cure it.
When the forms are immersed in the liquid latex, the coagulant will cause the rubber to gel in a thin sheet around the forms. A commonly used coagulant solution is a mixture of water, a calcium-based salt, soap, and talc powder. The salt is the actual coagulant; the soap helps the latex spread in an even film, and the talc helps ease the removal of the rubber from the forms in a later step.
“We are like plants full of life and sap, like plants waiting to grow and live and I cannot help thinking that these plants are not meant to live“. Lily (a prisoner at Rajsko)
Surfaces serve their own purposes, strive to remain constant (all lives want that). There is a skin, not just on peaches but on oceans (note the telltale slough of foam on beaches). Sometimes it’s loose, as in the case of cats: you feel how a second life slides under it. Sometimes it fits. Take glass. Sometimes it outlasts its underside. Take reefs. The private lives of surfaces are innocent, not devious. Take the one-dimensional belief of enamel in itself, the furious autonomy of luster (crush a pearl— it’s powder), the whole curious seamlessness of how we’re each surrounded and what it doesn’t teach.
We are not going to South America to make money, but to help develop that wonderful and fertile land Henry Ford