@d Interesting response, I wonder if I should make a response here, or on the wiki.
I should make it clearer on the original article that the point of the article is more about longtermism and resilience than environmental consciousness.
The idea I was trying to get across(failed apparently) is that I want simpler systems that can be easily repaired without a team of scientists.
But who knows, maybe a day comes when a fusion reactor fits in a backpack and can be fixed with a ilan key.
@neauoire the resilience point came across, but I guess I see that as part of the effective banking of energy. Consumption reduced by lower input (during consumption) or by longer life (after consumption) may net out similarly. And I think a future which finds us evolved and educated to use less and/or build more durably is essentially the same as a future in which we simply have unlimited energy resources. Neither will be easy, both are good aspirations.
Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.