MacroInvent is for those interested in learning how to become inventors and pioneers of space settlement. After extensive research on both history and methodology, I’ve come to some realizations about how successful inventors work. I’ve “reverse-engineered” some of the best of them, from Leonardo di Vinci to Elon Musk. My focus will be to create a “million mini-Musks” who can solve the various problems of space settlement. That said, if you have a methodology for settling Mars, why should medical sciences, artificial intelligence, or any other grand challenge to humanity be neglected?
The blog entries written in the first half of 2016 focused on the mind of the inventor. Most books on invention and creativity fall into a few categories, none of which are actually helpful if you want to become an inventor. “You see what Inventor X did? Go do that.” is less than useless. First – it’s already been invented, so there’s nothing there to invent again. Second, while one can glean ideas on methodology, and we do here, you cannot necessarily go back to another time and place and recreate the conditions discussed. What this short series of articles covers instead are the core principles that are discussed by people like Elon Musk, but are also part of classical education. These arts have been lost over the last few generations to the common individual. Few educational institutions still cover them. We dig them back up and present these connections. The blog entries have been consolidated into a short online book here. They will be expanded and made into a Kindle book later in 2016.
Invention and Time
While the first series, Invention and Mind, covers how an individual becomes an inventor. This series covers the lessons of history and practical methodologies with regard to the dimension of time. How do technology revolutions happen? How do some companies innovate quickly and others slowly? What has Moore’s Law done to the world of business? This series will be written to the blog section in late 2016 and become a book in 2017.
Invention and Space
Entering a third dimension, we finally break down the methods and ideas for space settlement. You can preview a lot of this content from my talks at the Mars Society Conference that are linked on the Videos page. But beyond that, how do we break the wall down between humanity and space settlement? And how do we democratize the movement to unleash the power of more than a few billionaires and governments at the problem? Even if you are not interested in space, this book makes an excellent case study in being able to solve impossible problems in easy slices.
I’ve created a series of “human scale” frameworks for this vast problem. When we think of space settlement, we tend to think of the vastness of space rather than the human beings we want to send there. Ultimately, humans in space will have to solve all the same problems we’ve been solving for thousands of years. While the framework I’ve developed is exciting and makes vast new capacities achievable, there are really two keys to it. One is the structure of my design, but the other is the openness of it to allow any inventor to build inside that structure. Think of it this way: I built the smart phone with a few key apps, but you can fill the app store with your creativity, and make suggestions for future smart phones, or simply make your own compatible hardware on the same network. I could have started there, but I’m starting instead with invention. I want you to understand what YOU are capable of before we get to the workshop I’m preparing for you. If you want a sample of this work, see my short Kindle book on Mini-Mission Modules, which will be a chapter or two in the completed work.
The MacroInvent Culture
What do blockchain cryptocurrencies, open source movements, distributist economic philosophies, and starships have to do with each other? They can be tied together into systems for a post-globalist age of space settlement. What kind of day to day life would we have in space settlements? Many of the rules we associate with globalism do not apply where there is no “globe” from which to ship parts and communicate instantly. Ironically, a culture that can survive the future in space cannot operate by rules that we’ve taken for granted for over 100 years, and in some forms closer to two centuries. We are limited by vast distances and the speed of light, like our ancestors were limited by oceans and signal mirrors. So how do you build? We’ll get deeper into the culture, educational requirements, economics, and other elements of building a stable society and system based on the learnings of the past. This also has implications for the technologies and absorbs the implications of future inventions.
These books will be released on Amazon Kindle and Print-on-demand as they are completed. There will also be a series of YouTube videos covering key concepts. Mixed in with these will be technology reviews and other news article links, but the core theme will be how to invent. There are more projects coming after these, which will build from this three-point foundation. I’ll be looking for investment and talent to make something amazing to further enable your efforts at invention, entrepreneurship, and exploration.
While primarily focused on the frustrated or excited enthusiast for space settlement, the principles are universal. If you are simply a student who is sick of the collapsing educational models and wants to learn how to learn for a lifetime, then think of the space settlement content as a case study. After all, the problem of living on Mars is first and foremost the problem of living at all – with food, shelter, economic concerns, and so on. If you are interested in space settlement, you are in for an even more interesting adventure.
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