Nature has no right angle
“Nature has no right angle. Sphere is a more comfortable dwelling place for man than a house with square corners, because it is more natural for its energetics. Look, where Mother Nature has wisely placed the core of life — in the egg, not in the cube; the human skull is the same eggshell; all celestial bodies are round, not square.
Space is full of flying ‘balls’, not cubes! What amounts of energy and overloads these space bodies have to withstand!
From the point of view of eniology [the science about laws of energy and information exchange in nature and society], domes and vaults perform the function of spreading ‘bunches’ of energy. Round shapes — unlike angles, especially those close to ninety degrees — possess a uniform field without essential zones of tension and pathogenic anomalies. After all, the understanding of world creation by humans began with envisioning it as a sphere, from which the universe had ‘unrolled’. Sphere has become a symbol of the creative beginning,” reflects the famous architect Vitaly Grebnev, the author of the conceptual ‘Architecture of the Noosphere’.
He fairly believes that construction of flat, cubic buildings is unreasonably labor-consuming, long-term, expensive, and material demanding. Besides, he claims, there is nothing stronger than a sphere wherein the stress is distributed evenly in each point of its surface. While living in a spherical home, the person will feel himself in tighter harmony with Nature and Space, his consciousness will start transforming into a creative, generative beginning more actively.
Similar houses will be forming man’s bigger degree of freedom, mobility and independence of consciousness. Vitaly Grebnev underlines:
“People always subconsciously associated the divine energy with spherical surfaces; and this consciousness was reflected in religious buildings (churches, mosques). Scientists studying other galaxies noticed that none of them included a rectangle or a square in their formation. Same in the microcosm: atoms, molecules. Man, however, while building a house, is laying a rectangle or a square in its foundation. Have you any idea why tornadoes and ocean waves demolish rectangular cities? Because two different shape-forming elements are colliding. Because a quadrangular plane is ‘at war’ with everything: it is hard to flow around it, to fly around it, but it is easy to destroy! It is much more difficult to destroy a sphere with explosion; even punched in one or more areas it does not lose its structural capacity. Cabling structures, spatial passages, large cantilevered balconies and platforms fit well into spherical ensembles; as well as plots of land with trees and flowers, and with small ponds. Inside one of the spheres, it is good to leave areas with green grass, on which one can walk barefoot in winter, restoring energy.
…Architecture has to be ever changing, harmonious, like life itself, to evolve out of itself — shape out of shape, function out of function, like a living cell.” (from “Stroy Passage” journal № 1 (28) january 2006)
Let’s try to imagine the interior of the house of the future, where the windows are drawn with a single motion; furniture and fl oors react to a touch, and walls radiate light, music, and fragrance. In Japan, they have already invented the technology to transfer odors through the Internet. NTT Telecommunications Corporation has been the initiator of this novelty. A special device is connected to a computer; and, using special software, it creates fragrance. Data is downloaded from the global network. Externally, this device resembles a small closed vessel, containing 32 different aromatic substances with odors, such as patchouli, rose, or orange. Odorous elements can be mixed; and manufacturers claim that the range of smells will be almost inexhaustible.
One of today’s achievements is interactive windows: with a wave of hand, the user can change the illumination and room coloring, drawing different patterns on the windows, helping people to relax and regain strength. Interactive windows can also vary the scenery outside.
The partitions of the house of the future should move and transform.
This gives you the ability to change the configuration of the premises at your discretion, and also to turn walls into low partitions or to move them away altogether. Technically, it is possible to do it by means of electric drives and guides.
Flexible screens made of light-emitting polymers will replace TV sets on the walls instead of wallpaper in the house of the future. Video wallpaper will also display peaceful landscapes or fantastic pictures.
The texture and color of the walls and ceilings will alter by the built-in elements of decor. A very handy feature: in the evening, you can dine in the set of the old castle — and have breakfast in a beach summerhouse in the morning.
Besides, you may not limit your own preferences by only the color or texture of the walls, but also you can project videos, photo galleries, etc. onto them.
There must be recess beds either hidden in the niches in the walls, floor or ceiling, or transformed into seats. Conventional beds should not be in there; instead, universal beds with adjustable flexibility and softness, temperature, and massage functions should be used, with breathable cloth ‘veils’ and micro-climate control.
Clothes and shoes storage closets are also compact and built into the walls, with separate indoor climate and mobility managed by remote control. It is possible to move the sources of lighting over any surfaces; their direction, intensity, range and other features are adjustable as well.
Life in the house of the future is going to be comfortable, since it will be supplied with all sorts of auxiliary options — electronics and cybernetic devices. A central computer, which by means of multiple sensors is capable of continuous monitoring of environmental changes, will control all of them and, if necessary, connect devices, meant to save the consumed resources. It is clear that for the most effective solutions of the tasks assigned to it, the home computer must constantly monitor the movements of people and objects inside and outside the house. Digital cameras and motion detectors are clearly not enough: the electronic brain should identify and categorize people and home items properly. As for the items, it is quite simple: each of the items should have a special chip embedded at the stage of production — an identifier*. The computer reads the data and tracks the location of the chip in the building.
*(It is much more difficult with people. Although the technology of implanting the identifier chips has long been worked out, quite a few people agree to have them under the skin, considering that such electronic surveillance can infringe personal liberties. But if you have chronic diseases or a predisposition to some serious illnesses, it makes sense to make a record about it in the chip, which you wear, for example, in a ring or a bracelet, in order the doctor could make a diagnosis and quickly deliver you to the right specialist in case of emergency.)
Standard house will not only be keeping an eye on its masters, but also providing security. When your visitors come, it will check their chips and raise the alarm, if there is an intruder or an unwanted subject, or object.
To avoid penetration of hazardous substances into the house, the standard set of sensors and scanners includes the so-called ‘fox nose’ — a special device capable of, literally, sniffing up explosives, drugs, poisons, and even harmful bacteria. It even will not miss the food brought by delivery service from a supermarket.
The computer will take on the responsibility of making up a menu for you by choosing the best chefs’ recipes and taking into account your tastes and preferences. Perhaps, the robot ‘chef” will cook it for you. The computer operates another irreplaceable assistant: the robot gardener that surveys green plantings — a required part of the house ecosystem. It will be possible to order a robot guard: it will patrol the area, accompanied by small mobile assistants. After finding the intruders, the robot will raise the alarm; and, if necessary, it will use permitted weapons.
Home computer will always be in touch with its owner; it will be self-learning while communicating, thus becoming a closer companion.
Living in such comfortable conditions and using cybernetic devices daily, a man and his ‘smart’ house will lead almost symbiotic existence. As the host computer at home, scanning the network, it will always be up to date and ready to share the latest news with its masters, and even recommend them where best to invest, to fi nd a good job, etc. It will always warn about the unsafe aspects of the day ahead. In order to assess the threat level, the computer will process the mass of data — wind force, humidity, smoke and radiation level; it will also analyze criminal statistics of the region, consider warnings of various services of possible epidemics, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. In the house of the future, the central computer will control the adjustment of temperature, humidity, oxygen content, chemical and mechanical purity of air, ventilation, ionization, and purification from odors and microorganisms.
Nolens volens, but people will inevitably fall into a state of almost complete dependence on computing devices — the way they will agreeably follow in order to get the most of their comfortable existence. The entire history of human civilization tells us that people are willing to ignore their deeply human qualities for the sake of wealth and luxury, comfort and entertainment.
The understanding of dangers and slumps in the consumer’s existence, dependent on many technogenic factors, leads to the fact that “millions of citizens yearn for the village and crave after rural life; and reports of the Institute for Urban Environment show the significant transmigration of people to rural areas…” (Alvin Toffler)
They choose another way of life, because they have changed their way of thinking. These people start living by a magical and inspiring principle: “…no true master will let the day just come to him; the master creates his day.” (Ramta)
The pursuit of energy-saving and environmental economy comprises not only new homes, energy-efficient devices, wind turbines and solar panels. More economical, meaningful life involves not just another urban planning, but some fair social relations, viable alternative to our overfamiliar consumerism — the moral and spiritual way of life. Only this is a true salvation of Mankind….
by Kayros O`Hara
This article is an excerpt from the book ”Homo Futuris and World of the Future” by Kayros O`Hara.
Book is also available on-line.
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