November 16th, 2007

Ann Vole

Wiki-law, a giant step toward constructive anarchy

The police in New Zealand are planning to rewrite the policing laws so they stuck them up in a wiki for anyone to edit. Of course the police will submit the final police rewrite to politicians who will also have the chance to adjust things before a final version is voted on... but it is the ultimate way for public (including public around the world) to get a chance to improve society.

Wiki dictionaries and wiki encyclopedias have proven to be popular to get the real meaning to terms used by the public or the specific group the wiki is aimed at.

I figure governments can be reduced in involvement to just making legislation (as you have seen me post about before) but with wiki-developed laws and some sort of electronic real-time voting on diverging branches of ideology, the laws may be produced and democratically approved for free (other then web service fees) without a government body per se. Wikis, service fees, insurance, and a better way of choosing judges and maintaining the integrity of the judicial and police systems, and full anarchy is quite possible (and I would argue to be much better a society)

article on New Zealand's police law wiki
Ann Vole

Aerogel, a solid air insulation and building material

Styrofoam made of different materials was the best form of insulation until recently. The problems was making bubbles in a liquid could only go so far and still allow the liquid part to wick to the surface and evaporate. What they are doing different with Aerogels is they are making foam with a material that goes directly to gas within the foam and escapes through microscopic openings in the bubbles. Because aerogels are made of 99% or more of air, they are very light and transparent. Les material means they are less of a conductor of heat and more air means they are better insulators too. Add carbon to the solid part and it will stop radiation too (carbon atoms absorb infrared radiation) making it a great insulator for the three main ways of heat moving through walls (other then air leakage). If I can figure out how to make foam out of clay that is liquefied with something other then water that evaporates or figure out how to freeze-dry walls. Freeze drying would require the walls to be kept frozen and at a low atmospheric pressure so the ice evaporates (instead of wicks as water) and the ice crystals puncture the structure with pores to help the cold water vapor to escape. Something other then water might be able to be used such as the foam made at a high pressure so when poured, it turns to a solid at atmospheric pressure and then sublimates (evaporates directly from solid) like freeze drying does to water. One possible substance would be carbon dioxide that will freeze at about -45 but warmer when under pressure... but a better substance would be something that stays frozen at room/outdoor temperatures.

Tests with aerogel have shown it to be very structurally strong due to the way the bubbles arrange themselves to make something like a crystal structure. Being light also makes them stronger due to not needing as much strength to hold itself up too.