@jbond Seems like that's entirely dependent on technology level. Victorian technology couldn't support a chip founders no matter the resources it used. Vinge's The Peace War has chip foundries and supercomputers using very little energy, because they had to.
@seanl It's a stepping off point for discussion.
I don't think chip foundries and hence automation should be put at the pinnacle of the pyramid of human achievement. But there's still a huge base set of activity required to support all the activities that eventually result in the chip foundry.
Yes, Permaculture is prone to poverty tourism. But "Sustainable" is still necessary. In the long run (>100 years, <1m years), it's sustainability or nothing.
@jbond It may end up being our mechanized descendants who end up spreading to the stars. But living in space ans getting around the solar system seem pretty solvable.
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