If we want to get *really* scifi, maybe these hypothetical carbon capture machines could construct *themselves* out of captured carbon, possibly using some kind of tiny pod containing most of the materials needed to get started as well as the information to construct the entire machine... Maybe these pods could, themselves, be made through carbon capture using the same machines, making them self-replicating without any technical skills needed
But this is all some kind of absurd pipe dream, of course. It's not like self-replicating material-producing carbon capture machines grow on trees
@socalledunitedstates I see what you did there 😏
I think you just invented macro grey goo and I'm here for it
@doppledee Maybe we could make these machines out of biodegradable materials like wood so they just decompose after they stop functioning...
I mean you do you, I'm here for the unconditional surrender or destruction of mankind tho so
@socalledunitedstates yeah... that's a sci fi thing in general. Stuff about a galaxy-scale plague type thing that endlessly propagates, devouring everything in its path and dying inside the affected area when there's nothing left to consume / colonise. Kinda like wildfires. It could be really useful if it didn't go out of control.
@socalledunitedstates TBF, plants do constructive chemical reactions at temperatures way below the boiling point of water i.e. with very low energy requirements.
Not to mention, that all the high energy-storage organic compounds which we *simply burn* at extra energy expenditure and waste are also just compressed plant matter.
As Bucky Fuller once put it: Burning fossil fuel is like someone who has a three figure income discarding all of that and rather uses up their meagre savings account.
@socalledunitedstates you had me for a little while there
@socalledunitedstates We actually have nano-machines that construct themselves out of carbon they capture from the atmosphere. We call them "plants".
@deshipu Yep, that's the joke :b
@socalledunitedstates Only problem is, getting rid of them release the CO₂ back, so we need some way of storing them somewhere somehow...
@socalledunitedstates That's right! These machines don't grow on trees. They grow on the ground!
@socalledunitedstates you've hit the nail on the head, though. if we don't also do something about the huge dynamic range of the poverty-wealth spectrum, the people at its extents will never stop seeing freestanding, deoxidized capture matrix as fuel to be burned again.
@socalledunitedstates got 'em
@socalledunitedstates I'm dumb, i did not pick up on the joke until halfway through
@socalledunitedstates *reflects* *realizes* *reflects more*
@socalledunitedstates wow, nice, I didn't see that coming!
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