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A mode in which social systems operate without electricy
With the ease and convenience of integrating hardware with
computers, we tend to use computers and electronics for our
However, there are many things that can happen to
-- from global electromagnetic storms to computer viruses.
it makes sense to make critical
systems be prepared for
It makes sense running the all-electronics failure testing for
cities. For example, disconnecting an a city from the grid and
turning off the communications systems for short times to
assessing the potential immediate needs, and then building
the "low-tech" mode for cities to operate.
For example, in low-tech mode, things like payment
transactions, would not work, and supermarkets, suppliers,
etc., should switch to other type of accounting and record
keeping. There could be many other adaptations for the low-
The goal of such testing would be to enable a city to switch to
low-tech mode for long periods of time while sustaining
economy for the period of time needed to recover with the
of some protected equipment.
Zip Zap machine
[hippo, Nov 26 2015]
||Largely baked, fom stone age until 1900. That was enough testing for me.
||So like candles in the kitchen in case of power outage, but on a city-scale. Makes sense [+].
||Localized outages are catered for in existing disaster
planning. The large-scale, prolonged outages you describe
go far deeper than supermarket payment handling.
||Perhaps you're suggesting that cities implement parallel
grids, with essential or critical systems such as utilities
for emergency services and hospitals, street lighting on
arterial routes, etc., served by protected and/or
redundant systems, while non-critical aspects use less
well guarded services.
||In this way it may be possible to undertake some sort of
drill or test whereby citizens and businesses can develop
their low-tech operations without unnecessary risk to
||[Tulaine], yes like parallel grids for essential and/or critical
||We have a Zip Zap machine (see link) at home, not just for this eventuality, but it might be useful for taking payments in that short window between the lights going out and the breakdown of civilization.
||Whats needed is an internationally agreed list of
what commonplace things around you are worth. As a
random example off the top of my head, lets say it
says that a pig is worth fourteen bicycles. Of course,
it depends how good the pig is, and what sort of
bicycles are in question. Or that a mirror is worth
two whole salmon. And one whole salmon is worth a
tulip bulb. And so on. It could even be a web site.
||// short window between the lights going out and the breakdown of civilization //
||There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy was said by writer Alfred Henry Lewis (1855-1914) in a March 1906 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.
||//The goal of such testing would be to enable a city
to switch to low-tech mode for long periods of
time// This is why we built Cardiff.
||Ahh, Cardiff ... where vowels change hands in the back streets for up to two sheep each.
||Natives travel from miles around to watch the light show ... green, yellow, then red ... red and yellow ... then back to green ... the fascination never ends. Of course, the process is quite slow, requiring a highly trained welsh engineer (of almost god-like status) to repeatedly "climb" a "ladder" to alternately "light" and "put out" the "wicks" (sorry, but there are no welsh words for those complicated concepts).