Mushin’s other ideas for farming in the world’s largest city, shown as drawings in the exhibition, are all equally bonkers: yakitori bars clinging to the outside of high-rises, where the chickens are raised and killed on site; mini-meadows attached to car roofs providing flowers for bee hives that are affixed to traffic lights; and crow-shaped drones that 3-D print nests for real birds. But the Kiwi artist insists these dreamscapes are “no more mad than the world we’re living in today.”
Fascinating interview! Here’s the first two paragraphs:
In 2012, Frank Lavin, who had raised $5 million from family and friends, went live with an e-commerce platform, Export Now, that was conceived as an easy, low-cost way for American small businesses to sell their goods in China. The basic pitch: “Sell into China without leaving your desk.”
Two years later, the company, based in Akron, Ohio, has 10 employees in the United States and 22 in Shanghai, where it has a warehouse for storing and filling the e-commerce orders of its customer companies, which it shepherds onto Alibaba’s Tmall in China. But Mr. Lavin, 56, a former under secretary for international trade at the United States Commerce Department, concedes that Export Now’s sales have not met expectations.
China’s territorial disputes
… in recent years, a small but devoted group of advocates have succeeded in turning open borders from a dirty word to a real movement with strong arguments backing it up.
The concerns of anti-GMO activists would be addressed better by offering support to an alternative in the form of “do-it-yourself” biotechnology, rather than rejecting sciences and industries that are already destined to be a fundamental part of humanity’s future. What needs to be made is a case for popular technology, in hope that we can reject the portrayal of all advanced technology as an ally of powerful states and corporations and instead unlock its future as a means of liberation from global exploitation and scarcity.
I agree that the arguments tend to be a mix of the effects of the greedy or evil corporations and the dangers of GMO. But there is an important point here about when we have opened the bottle and let out the Gini we can’t put it back. We therefore have to approach the GMO issue with a strategy where we can minimize the negative effects for the future. Does that strategy include supporting the biotech hacking movement? Maybe…
Switzerland has already lost the wrist war. Only one of every 200 watches produced [worldwide] is a Swiss watch. However, the profit made on that one Swiss watch is greater than that of the other 199 combined. So, we’ve won the profit war.