• Superstruct – The Gupta Option

    by  • September 23, 2008 • Superstruct 2019 • 0 Comments

    The Gupta Option is the result of five years of operations from a one man think tank operating in much the same general spirit as Buckminster Fuller: how much impact can a single person have on global issues. The Superstruct crisis runs right into the Gupta Option predictive framework with results that could change everything.

    In 2019, the mobile internet and sensor networks we rely on to hold our societies together are being hacked, griefed, and gamed.

    CheapID provides a totally private and secure global biometrics network that allows anybody to get a global passport which is totally anonymous until they break the law. A lot of online services now require a CheapID card to be lodged with them before they will do business with you, but the privacy is secure, right? Some people say that the global Identity Services Architecture which now runs alongside the credit card system is dangerously oppressive, but others look at the revolution that it causes in the lives of the poor through access to capital and say “cheap at twice the price.”

    In 2019, our neighbors are climate refugees and economic collapse victims who are swarming the planet, looking for a place to live.

    Hundreds of millions of hexayurts provide immediate emergency shelter for populations on the move, and because the building folds flat it can be transported on trucks with people as they relocate, much like the mongolian yurt it is based on. While concerns about huge tides of highly mobile refugees have turned out to be unfounded, the bottom continues to drop out of the global housing market as more and more people move off the grid. Simple portable utilities packages help keep the lights on and the water pure and the food cooked. For more details on infrastructure resilience in times of crisis, see the TIDES Packet (pages 26-35 particularly.) To understand the whole new generation approach to integrating disaster relief and development aid, you’ll need the Reykjavik Briefing which teaches a new approach to infrastructure design and development, among other things.

    In 2019, Respiratory Distress Syndrome is here, and it’s not going anywhere. Outbreaks are just something we live with.

    Health insurance on $10 per year helps deal with health care for the very poor, using the network and big statistical analysis tools. Severe Panflu Response Strategies addresses what to do in the worst-case pandemic scenarios, right into the territory you don’t even believe there are answers for. We pray that work will never be needed.

    In 2019, we’re all caught up in the “alternative fuel” wars as the world fights over what will take the place of oil.

    Biofuels don’t turn out to be all that much of the global answer but the new generation solar panels continue to massively exceed expectations as they drop the price of daylight electricity to unprecedented lows all over the world, and help spur a distributed infrastructure revolution all over the planet.

    In 2019, the food chain is broken. So we’re inventing new ways to feed ourselves.

    The Global Swadeshi Movement continues to pioneer new approaches to agriculture that could double global food production using organic agriculture and satellite data.

    The Unplugged continue to spread their ethos of high tech relocalization and extreme self-sufficiency globally. The underlying model, that we can find a Soft Development Path continues to keep the hope alive – that the developing world will steer around around the same pitfalls that are causing western society such terrible problems.

    The future is a lot more complicated than anybody expected, but the power of every individual to contribute to saving the whole world get stronger with each passing decade.

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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


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