Futurology

A 3.6-metre shipping container is now an urban farm feeding customers closer to home, the first in Nova Scotia. The container can essentially hold the same amount of leafy greens as would a traditional two-acre farm, with hydroponics, so there's no soil, and using 95% less water.

A 3.6-metre shipping container is now an urban farm feeding customers closer to home, the first in Nova Scotia. The container can essentially hold the same amount of leafy greens as would a traditional two-acre farm, with hydroponics, so there's no soil, and using 95% less water.
A 3.6-metre shipping container is now an urban farm feeding customers closer to home, the first i...

I wonder what his energy usage is like, both as a number, and compared to that of more traditional farming but factoring in food storage and transportation.

Energy usage in these types of farms is usually the largest cost associated. It can be offset by reducing transportation time, water usage, and the ever increasing efficiency of LEDs and other devices. I wish I could give actual numbers, but I know that the efficiency of these farms has been decreasing to the point where, if done on a larger scale (think of companies like www.plenty.ag) the carbon footprint of this type of farming eclipses that of traditional farming and sometimes goes below it.

Source: I work for that company I linked to.

Abandoned shopping malls would also make for good urban farms...

Efficiency has been increasing I would hope :)

I can see the LEDs and any air conditioning being huge energy costs - as you say, any improvements in those should really help. And I expect yields are excellent without parasites etc.

It shouldn't be too difficult to measure the energy usage. Getting the total energy for traditional farming will be much more complex, but still something I imagine someone could work out. Would definitely be interesting to see at some point. Maybe such an analysis already exists - I'm going to do some googling... :)

California Beat Its 2020 Emissions Target Four Years Early

California Beat Its 2020 Emissions Target Four Years Early
California Beat Its 2020 Emissions Target Four Years Early

Everybody’s goals are for 2020. 2020’s going to be a fantastic year!

I think they just put the goals too low.

That's all well and good, but why did this article come out two years after the fact?

I live in California, Bay Area to be specific but I regularly am in LA. You can really tell the difference from 20 years ago as far as smog. I just don't see that smoggy haze anymore (unless there is a fire)

New York Health Officials See Marijuana as an Alternative to Opioids - New York should legalize recreational marijuana to temper the harm of opioid addiction, end racial disparity in enforcement and boost tax revenue, state health officials said.

New York Health Officials See Marijuana as an Alternative to Opioids - New York should legalize recreational marijuana to temper the harm of opioid addiction, end racial disparity in enforcement and boost tax revenue, state health officials said.
New York Health Officials See Marijuana as an Alternative to Opioids - New York should legalize r...

As someone with a rare condition who has been on Percocets almost daily for over 3 years to make walking and sitting possible (with marijuana added myself), I can say it works tremendously against addiction as well.

When I have a good string of days, I can go up to a week without opioids and without ANY form of withdrawal whatsoever.

All I knew was it helped make me feel normal on the heavy pain meds, I had no idea how beneficial it would be for me.

It needs to be legalized as treatment everywhere NOW

Colorado has shown that legalizing recreational marijuana does not end the racial disparity in drug arrests.

Legalize marijuana then use the tax to fix our fuckin roads.

Source: I live on long island

The Dutch effectively did this in Netherlands to protect cannabis users.

"The logic behind the coffee shops is simply not well understood: they were introduced to protect cannabis users from exposure to harder drugs. The theory was that indiscriminate prohibition created a subculture in which users of drugs with vastly different risks are lumped together. Moreover, it was thought that saddling young people with criminal records might push them toward harder drugs."

https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/safe-and-effective-drug-policy-look-dutch

UK passes 1,000 hours without coal as energy shift accelerates

UK passes 1,000 hours without coal as energy shift accelerates

Only because it was too hot for tea at half time during the footy.

Clean coal is coal that stays in the fucking ground while we use wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and tidal sources of power.

Edit: thanks for the gold kind stranger. Also, since I'm here again: clean coal is still fucking dirty!

too hot for tea

As a Brit: This. This is why we had a war.

Someone tell the US coal is officially dead.

Over 100 of the United Kingdom’s top scientists have signed a letter detailing a desperate plea to Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to challenge her American counterpart, on climate change.

Over 100 of the United Kingdom’s top scientists have signed a letter detailing a desperate plea to Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to challenge her American counterpart, on climate change.
Over 100 of the United Kingdom’s top scientists have signed a letter detailing a desperate plea t...

How is Theresa May going to succeed in successfully explaining something to Trump where most other western leaders havent?

"Just to be perfectly clear, climate change means climate change. "

"First off, you have great hair and skin. The best skin. Let me tell you that. Hey how about that climate change huh? It's a threat...yeah it's a threat. Hey how do you find the time to go out and get such a wonderful tan? So yeah this climate change how about we go in together against climate change, and show these liberals who's boss? Just sign this treaty I have drafted as a declaration against climate change. Those sissies won't know what hit em."

Too many uses of the phrase “climate change.” Trigger words and phrases will just shut off the back up generator in his brain that’s still somehow keeping things moving. The trick is to make him think it’s an entirely different issue, like “illegal weather immigration” that is trying to turn white people brown

Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully

Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully
Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully

What a great thing to watch. Now we move to the next stage in our space adventure.

The two side boosters landing in synchrony... simply beautiful.

Now as people look up to the sky, possibly for as long as humans may be around, they can know that somewhere up there in that great expanse is a midnight cherry tesla roadster playing Space Oddity making constant passes around Mars, and that's just awesome.

Well on the plus side Musk's Tesla Roadster won't have to worry about finding parking space ba dum tss (Seriously, good job though. As a 19 yea old, this is my Sputnik moment!)

‘Universal Basic Income’ is the solution to jobs lost to automation - Welfare systems need wholesale change to adapt to automation, the gig economy and changing global trade, says the Adam Smith Institute ahead of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

‘Universal Basic Income’ is the solution to jobs lost to automation - Welfare systems need wholesale change to adapt to automation, the gig economy and changing global trade, says the Adam Smith Institute ahead of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.
‘Universal Basic Income’ is the solution to jobs lost to automation - Welfare systems need wholes...

The thing Im not entirely on board with for UBI- is that it appears to be trying to maintain status quo as much as possible. Instead of considering the consumerism of the late 20th century isn't necessarily the best way to utilise automation making the requirement for humans to do the vast amount of jobs they currently do obsolete. It may be a necessary step? Maybe? But only to maintain the vast inequality between haves and have nots. Otherwise, we could utilise automation to make life easier for everyone, without the capitalist overtones of 'someone needs to profit from this'

Will upward mobility even be possible if 99% of "productive" jobs are eliminated?

/sub/futurology has this convoluted dream that UBI is going to create this great world where entrepreneurs, musicians and artists are free to pursue their craft free from the chains of daily work.

If it ever happens... all it's going to do (even more than we already have) is create an entire class of people, the borderline poor, who are dependent on the government with no hope of upward mobility.

We could've been making everyones' lives easier with every piece of technology that's ever been invented. (Heck at my engineering job I can do what would've been literally decades of work in the 1950's over a couple of weeks with computer technology but the benefit of that went to my employer while expectations on output were simply increased for the employee)

Since that's never happened ever I see no reason to think that will occur with further automation. If no one will profit from automation then no one will bring in automation right?

Like how are you imagining we move out of capitalism all of a sudden and into your alternate social system of everyone's lives being made easier?

Lab meat to transform meat industry in 2021 - “This 'clean meat' company says it has already produced beef, chicken and duck directly from animal cells, without the need to raise and slaughter animals.”

Lab meat to transform meat industry in 2021 - “This 'clean meat' company says it has already produced beef, chicken and duck directly from animal cells, without the need to raise and slaughter animals.”
Lab meat to transform meat industry in 2021 - “This 'clean meat' company says it has already prod...

Okay, now the real test. Can you get it shaped like dinosaurs?

I wonder if the process will eventually be miniaturized so we can grow meat at home. I could see a day where everyone has automated machines that not only grows the meat, but preps it and cooks it as well. The Jetsons future made real.

I'm excited, I hope it comes at a do-able-price.

I remember reading a few years ago that a lab-made burger was around $300,000, and last year or the year before it was announced that they've gotten it down to ~$11.50. It's moving at a blistering pace!

Edit: here's a link! It was actually from 2015.

Try one of these subthreads