Thursday, December 11, 2008

What if... #11

What if we could grow hardware on trees?


This post is part of the 2008 advent series "What if..."

10 comments:

Georg said...

If grown on coniferous trees, silicon valley would be located in Washington
or Oregon or Norway.
In case of beeches or oaks appalachian
forests or Germany/France were the
procucing countries.
The old landowning "gentry" still were
the most influential, fruit pickers union the
most influential trade union.
Best Regards
Georg

Rae Ann said...

I'm guessing that eventually someone will figure out how to do that through genetic engineering. Keratin is a pretty diverse and strong substance that could maybe be grown on trees and used to make things. And maybe that could lead to some way of making an 'artificial' photosynthesis/solar power generating system that is efficient enough to be worth the effort. This "power tree" concept has been on my backburner for a while, but I just don't know exactly how it could be done.

Uncle Al said...

Franken-tools! The pollen wafts into cornfields to grow wrenches (not metric!) not gasohol dribbles.

Enviro-whiners go ballistic about cellulose in chemical landfills. Vegetable rights advocates decry exploitation. West Hollywood demands the right to marry trees. Third Worlders piss and moan about fashioning their genocidal machetes at hearths.

Hardware must be obtained as God ordained: by mining it in China.

Arun said...

...then cleaning up in the fall will be even more of a chore.

Phil Warnell said...

Hi Arun,

...then cleaning up in the fall will be even more of a chore.

Perhaps so, yet you would have at least been naturally provided the tools required to help your do it :-)

Best,

Phil

Phil Warnell said...

-It would lead to massive reforestation and perhaps stem the tide on climate change.

-It would transform the appearance and give multipurpose to our Industrial Parks.

-perhaps squirrels could be trained to harvest the produce.

-It would have industrialist also become tree huggers.

Georg said...

"-perhaps squirrels could be trained to harvest the produce."
and squirrels would get some industrial
food as "payment" :=)
- on laterit soils in tropic regions
aluminium cans or bikes will be grown.
In (upper) saxonia they used to grow pretty girls
on trees!
Georg

Klaus said...

almost there..

The bamboo-laptop:

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/laptops/0,39029450,49288082,00.htm

best

Klaus

Georg said...

One of my fellow students from Indonesia 40 years
ago had a slide ruler made from bamboo,
but Bamboo is gras!
Georg

Bee said...

I was thinking it would render high-tech trash more biodegradable.