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amazing forklift. Does things I didn't think were possible.
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Saw a similar backhoe on the road, it's really surreal.

Love the tires, especially.
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Build your dome in an afternoon, for less than 100 bucks!
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seems a worthy project
Open source effort to make affordable eco-housing widely accessible.
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It's my belief that small robots able to farm and garden in a variety of roles for a variety of plants and micro climates will be such a big game changer that it could topple governments and change the world.
Tthe miniaturization of farm machinery may be the agricultural-tech counter-trend that actually encourages smaller, more diverse farms.
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Thanks for the posts/info/ideas.

I often don't "plus" because I don't endorse the ideas implicit in the post.
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Mike Rowe is on my list of heroes.
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Good one. I just wish he hadn't repeated the "skills gap" fallacy. 
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I can imagine careers cropping up from this.

Dedicated open source improvement specialists. Installation companies. Electronic landscapers. Local food restaurants with twenty or more beds out back. Highly specialized crops. Apartment complex amenities. Dedicated government programs to install and maintain these in impoverished areas.

Lots of room for improvement. New versions that handle new types of crops, far more versatile components that allow pest control, pruning, and harvesting.

Think of this as a true game changer. This is going to change the look of the land.

I don't think it will replace big agro. There will still be vast croplands to feed the wold it's staples. But it will strike one hell of a blow against poverty and world hunger.
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+Shar Banning Aquaponics is a great idea until you actually try to build a pond and keep it clear of algae. Then you find out that water is massively heavy, corrosive, and completely contemptuous of your efforts to keep it in the container you've designated it stays in.
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Spider silk. No spiders, modified yeast. Already making it by the kilo, planning to make it by the ton next year.
We could be at the beginning of a textile revolution like one that the chemical giant DuPont kicked off in the 1930s.
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I can see CRISPR and yeast becoming a common topic in the news, and making all sorts of things in the next few year
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creepy cool
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"Creep cool"! Indeed!
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3d printed, check. Autonomous driving, check. IBM Watson, check. Local Motors, check.

Damn, this article really pushed my buttons.
Local Motors has debuted Olli, its 3D printed autonomous shuttle bus. The vehicle, which has just hit the roads of Washington DC, is the first to use IBM Watson's Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive, a car-focused cognitive learning platform.
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Unless everybody in the IoT space gets serious about security (physical, network, operational and environment safety) IoT will become/is becoming the IoTerror.
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Modular parts for a mix and match benchtop manufacturing. 3d printer, laser cutter, rotary tool router, etc... all from the same modular pieces with only a few specialized components.

Now we're talking!
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