The Fortnite, Water and the Metaverse post was barely cold when a friend sent me this article about Magic Leap, under the leadership of Rony Abovitz, and their Magicverse.
From the Magic Leap blog: “The Magicverse is an Emergent System of Systems bridging the physical with the digital, in a large scale, persistent manner within a community of people. “
“Essentially, Magic Leap envisions a future in which any location — ranging from a room to a whole country — has not only a physical presence, but also a digital one that takes the form of various layers. One layer might focus on health and wellness, for example, and another on entertainment, and still another on mobility.”
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Or maybe, ‘the Metaverse and all that shit.’ Anyways, this post is about my plans for 2019:
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- Augmented reality game, think Fortnite (actually more ‘Metaverse’) meets water research (Actually, waste management). Or, visualising big data for everyday people.
- Faecal fungi
- Dream Zandvlei
Focus: dealing with biomass that may be or have potential to become hazardous
Case study: 1) container based sanitation (CBS) and 2) urine
beneficiation, catering to the sanitation service delivery to higher
LSM markets in South Africa.
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It’s confusing, isn’t it? They are mostly political terms, so the exact definitions are probably non-existent, but let’s settle for vague. I do think they’re different and important to distinguish, so here’s my stab at explaining what the differences are between bio-, green and the circular economy, and then I throw in water sensitive design as a bonus. Oh, and distributed. That’s what all of these have in common. This is just my opinion, of course.
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Notes and highlights from the Stockholm World Water Week (#WWWeek on Twitter) – in draft
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My presentation at the Dry Toilet conference in Tampere, Finland on 24 August 2018. Other notes on the conference are collected on the huussi post.
Toilets in #dayZero: The surge in popularity of dry toilets in Cape Town’s water crisis
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Off-grid is a ‘laager’ mentality. It’s isolationist, protectionist. It’s not cool.
Being resilient, sustainable and liveable means building community.
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Something happened today which made me think about how we deal with ‘respect’, and the ‘old guard’ and ‘engineers’. I’m still processing what happened and many of the people I am discussing this with requests confidentiality, so maybe I’ll update this later once we agree on it all and have their permission. It did remind me of a few things, most notably a workshop on complexity we had in March 2018.
Sometimes when people ask me why Future Water exists, before I go into the transdisciplinary blah blah company line, I say that we’re trying to teach engineers to talk to other people. It started as a joke, because it was launched by a team who consisted mostly of engineers, and is currently hosted in the Engineering Faculty, but I am more and more convinced that is what our true purpose is.
Continue reading “Engineers: we need to talk.”
Still getting confused by experts and their opinions on flush toilets until Neil Macleod weighs in …
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After being caught with a dirty house yet again when a film crew arrives, I decided to just embrace it ….
Embrace your inner scruffy. Design it well from the start.
It being anything from good quality odour absorbing clothes, low maintenance houses, rainwater collection devices …