Thermal Zones and the Extraeconomy


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In 2050, as the World Economic Forum publication suggests, some regions of the world will see 60 Celsius temperatures for more than 30 days per year. In a bad year it may be 50 in a good year it may be 20. These must be the regions already hot. Venture outside and you die, just like when you venture outside in Alaska (-28 at night) you die.

I call the zones to hot for humans (or any life) ‘Thermal Zones’

By 2050 the world population will have shrunk considerably. The growth estimations of economists are nonsense but optimism is good for economic growth so. We will not be 10 billion on this planet ever (and that is ignoring climate risks). We will be struggling petty soon. On the upside, we have brains and hands and computers, we will figure this out.

As I have written before the main challenge is to avoid the economy. Its relentless attempt to generate cashflow from anything. Its overlords the banks just finance anything that generates cashflow and profit, but are always accentuating risks of ideas that reduce cashflow even if they could generate profits. Humans have to constantly remind profit seeking industry that being lethal and super destructive is just not cool.

An extra economy or extraeconomic enclave is an installation or system or process in the economy that does not yield anything that is preowned (endebted) or sold to the market. It can produce highly valuable goods but will just accumulate them or use them itself.

The regions where we succesfully banned banks and profit seeking enterprises would be extraeconomic zones. Banks absolutely hate them, but they can be as small as a solar array on your garage charging your home battery and your car. No need for money to do that. No need for any bank. You reduce emissions and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. On a larger scale you could have water pumping with solar or wind (see other post on the extraeconomy), but the scale can be much larger.

Cerro Parana, Chile A desert habitat

We should be talking about territories the size of Australia where nothing that is produced is sold. We can also point out regions that are good candidates for extraeconomic activity : The thermal zones. the regions where people are not able to survive. In those zones it will be possible to build shelters for humans and robots that can work in the heat year round. What they do can reduce atmospheric CO2 or cool the earth or secure life for the future. Governments should agree to these zones and allow anyone that wants to reduce atmospheric CO2 do operate in them.

ESO hotel at Cerro Paranal (or Residencia) is the accommodation for Paranal Observatory in Chile.

We are close to a revolution in the use of robots. Amazon can make them walk, Tesla can make them drive around (on all terrains). Space technology will yield methods of generating Methane from CO (already exists but will be optimized), design and robotic control is getting a boost from AI and advanced simulation. On the cusp of the climate disaster humanity is inventing new brains to think and do the things we need done. I call this the Roboeconomy.com where fossil cashflow is no longer important. It would be interesting to see a first example of the use of land given up for normal life, handed to science and technologists to fix the problem.